Best Western Movies: Winning Pictures, Favorite Films and Hollywood "B" Entries
If you're just starting a cowboy movie DVD collection or are a seasoned fan of all things Western, this book is an absolute must. More than 160 films are examined in detail. All-time greats mingle with B-movie gems starring legendary heroes like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bill Boyd. In his reviews, Reid lists the entire cast plus release dates and all essential info: directors, writers, songs, etc. More
Western films may have fallen from Hollywood's grace in the past few decades; however, a loyal following of obsessed fans and collectors remain. If you are just beginning a Western movie DVD collection or are a seasoned aficionado of all things Western, "Best Western Movies-Winning Pictures, Favorite Films and Hollywood 'B' Entries" by John Howard Reid is a must. This is the twentieth title in Reid's "Hollywood Classics" series. The research needed for a book of this nature is remarkable. Mr Reid names Westerns among his favorite genres and his dedication to these classics is admirable. His more than 20,000 reviews on file and collection of over 3,000 titles on VHS and DVD provide the resource for the bulk of the informative text. More than 160 titles are examined. You'll recognize some of the all-time greats such as Yellow Rose of Texas, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and They Died With Their Boots On. Mixed in with the well-known films are B-movie gems like Cyclone Prairie Rangers, Arizona Bound, and Buckaroo from Powder River. Reid takes an in-depth look at the 162 minute epic, How the West Was Won. And in addition to individual reviews of Border Vigilantes, Call of the Prairie, Cassidy of Bar 20, Doomed Caravan, Heart of Arizona, Hidden Gold, Hills of Old Wyoming, Hopalong Rides Again, North of the Rio Grande, Partners of the Plains, Riders of the Timberline, Santa Fe Marshal, Secret of the Wastelands, Showdown, Silver on the Sage, Stagecoach War, Texas Trail, 3 Men from Texas and Twilight on the Trail, Reid includes a cast, release date and director index of all 66 Hopalong Cassidy films. On the other hand, for each main section title, Mr Reid has included the entire cast and the parts played by name. The director, screenplay writer, editor, music composers, and producers are listed, as well as copyright date, studio, worldwide release dates and run times. Most selections include the dates when the movie was shot and the cost of production. Mr Reid gives his own personal review and summary as well as other reviewers' comments. Parents will appreciate the "Viewers Guide" with most entries receiving an "Okay for all" recommendation. For me, the actors from these films stand out as much or more than the films themselves. Larger than life men like the legendary John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and William Boyd carried many of these films when script quality, production values, and budgets were questionable. Mr Reid has even included a few posters that also make this an enjoyable book. In short, "Best Western Movies" by John Howard Reid is a must read for the Western movie enthusiast or collector. If you are looking for a cinema experience that is a little different from current movie offerings, or perhaps you enjoyed these classics during their first run and wish a nostalgic second look, this book is as essential as your VCR/DVD remote. Highly Recommended by William Potter in Reader's Choice Book Reviews.
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