Into the West 3 – Dreams and Schemes

This is the third episode on the Into the West Miniseries. The two families – one white and one Native American experience many events from the 19th century. The Gold Rush and the gold fever (1849) Treaty of Fort Laramine (1851) The Grattan Massacre (1854) Indian Native treaties and broken treaties. Bloody Bill Anderson and […]

Into the West 2 – Manifest Destiny

Into the West is a 2005 miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks, with six two-hour episodes . The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the third person narration of Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) and Loved By the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III), although episodes outside the direct observation of both protagonists are also shown. The plot […]

Into the West 1 – Wheel to the Stars

Into the West is a 2005 miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks, with six two-hour episodes. The miniseries begins in the 1820s and is told mainly through the third person narration of Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) and Loved By the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III), although episodes outside the direct observation of both protagonists are also shown. The plot follows […]

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

3:10 to Yuma is a 1957 American Western film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin. Based on a 1953 short story by Elmore Leonard, the film is about a drought-impoverished rancher who takes on the risky job of escorting a notorious outlaw to justice. The film was remade in 2007, directed by James Mangold and starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. This is a suspenseful black-and-white film. […]

Man in the Wilderness

Man in the Wilderness is a 1971 American revisionist Western film about a scout for a group of mountain men who are traversing the Northwestern United States during the 1820s. The scout is mauled by a bear and left to die by his companions. He survives and recuperates sufficiently to track his former comrades, forcing a confrontation over his abandonment. The story […]

The Big Sky

The Big Sky is a 1952 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and written by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel of the same name by A.B. Guthrie Jr.. The cast includes Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt and Arthur Hunnicutt, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Though not considered among Hawks’s major achievements by most critics, the film was chosen by Jonathan […]

The Mountain Men

The Mountain Men is a 1980 American Adventure Western film directed by Richard Lang and starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith. I watched this movie because of the subject matter – Mountain Men. It is a watchable movie. There is a scene at the mountain man rendezvous, where they learned that the beaver were being trapped out, and the demand was dwindling […]

Walking Thunder

Walking Thunder is a 1994 film starring James Read, John Denver and David Tom and Bart the Bear, written and directed by Craig Clyde. It relates the memoirs of a young boy Jacob McKay who travels with his family on a wagon on their way to California and become stranded in the Rockies. There they learn to survive, adapt to their surroundings and make […]

McLintock!

McLintock! is a 1963 American western comedy film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The film co-stars Wayne’s son Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills and Yvonne DeCarlo. Loosely based on William Shakespeare‘s The Taming of the Shrew, the project was filmed in Technicolor and Panavision and produced by Wayne’s company Batjac Productions. This movie had grand slapstick moments, but it does not play well. One theme seems to […]

Across the Wide Missouri

Across the Wide Missouri is a 1951 American Technicolor western film based on historian Bernard DeVoto‘s eponymous 1947 book. The film dramatizes an account of several fur traders and their interaction with the Native Americans. Directed by William A. Wellman, the film stars Clark Gable as cunning trapper Flint Mitchell, Ricardo Montalbán as Blackfoot Iron Shirt, John Hodiak as Brecan, María Elena Marqués as Kamiah, a Blackfoot chief’s daughter Mitchell marries and later falls in […]