the Legends of Western Cinema Week tag.

It’s that time of year again, folks, and I am so excited! Rachel, Heidi, and Olivia are once again hosting the Legends of Western Cinema Week, complete with all sorts of fun festivities as we celebrate our favorite Western films and characters. I’ve got a blog post about Hour of the Gun (1967) planned for later this week, but right now I’ll be answering the tag questions created by our hosts.

1) Favorite western focused on a lone hero?

I love Shane (1953). A quiet stranger defends the lives, freedoms, and peace of a small group of farmers, then leaves as suddenly as he arrived. Shane is the quintessential Western loner—he represents everything I like and admire about the character type.

2) Favorite western focused on a group of compadres?

The Magnificent Seven (1960) is the obvious answer, and it’s certainly my favorite. But Rio Bravo (1959) is worth a mention as well. Four very different guys band together to ensure a murderer is brought to justice. My favorite of those guys is Dude (Dean Martin), but they all have their good points.

3) Favorite western with a female main character?

True Grit (2010)! Mattie is brave, resourceful, and stubborn—one of my favorite female characters in general. The fact that she’s only fourteen makes her daring deeds all the more impressive. A close second on my favorites list would be Cat Ballou (1965). Jane Fonda’s plays Cat, another young woman who hires a grubby gunfighter to avenge her father’s death. Almost a comedy version of True Grit, if you think about it!

4) Favorite western with a POC main character?

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever watched one. Sigh. I’ve started one: The Magnificent Seven (2016), which I should really give another chance. (It bored me, so I gave up. I think I’d like it better now though.) Any other recs for POC-led Westerns?

5) Favorite western with kids in it?

Does Old Yeller (1957) count as a Western? I think so! Anyway, that’s my pick. If I can manage to type through my tears, that is… 😉

6) Favorite western set somewhere other than the United States?

You know, I thought that The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) might have been set in Mexico—but nope. It takes place in New Mexico. So I’m going with Hidalgo (2004), because sometimes The Vibes are more important than The Decade In Which the Film Is Set.

7) Favorite “western” that doesn’t fit the genre’s dictionary definition?

THE MANDALORIAN. Impeccable Old West energy. Din sounds like a young Clint Eastwood and it’s delightful. He also protects the weak, has a fast draw, and tames a blurrg. What more do you want in a cowboy???

(If you’d like a more in-depth look at TheMandalorian-as-a-Western, check out ‘The Mandalorian: Cowboys in Outer Space‘, an article written by our very own host Rachel!)

8) Favorite funny western?

Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) because I LOVE JAMES GARNER.

(I just rewatched Hour of the Gun last night, so I’m a bit hyper when it comes to JG. Apologies extended. XD)

Seriously though, Support Your Local Sheriff is an absolutely hilarious Western. Jason McCullough (James Garner) arrives in the town of Calendar, CO and is almost immediately elected sheriff of the brawling town. Jason cleans up the town, falls in love with the mayor’s daughter, and faces off against the dastardly Danby family. Such a fun film—I can’t recommend it highly enough for fans of Westerns!

9) Favorite tragic/sad western?

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is steeped in sadness from its very first scene.

Like…the cactus rose. CAN YOU NOT, JOHN FORD?

10) Favorite western TV show?

Wanted: Dead or Alive, starring Steve McQueen, has been my favorite for several years now. Each episode is short (less than a half hour), but many of them pack a narrative punch unmatched by some longer and more well-known shows. I also love F Troop and I think I’d love Maverick if I watched more of it. Oh, and there’s Bonanza and Rawhide of course! But Wanted remains my favorite. ❤

this is one of the funniest production stills
I’ve ever seen.

What are some of your favorite Westerns? Let me know in the comments!

Eva-Joy

15 thoughts on “the Legends of Western Cinema Week tag.

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  1. Have you ever heard of Shanghai Noon? It’s a martial arts/western blend starring Jackie Chan that came out in the late 90’s. It’s not a pure Western, but it would fill the POC category. It’s also the movie that introduced me to Jackie Chan, and for that, it’s got nostalgic value to me.

    I want to see both Shane and the original Magnificat 7 at some point. If I do a Western movie theme month next year (which I’m currently planning for February), both of those would be on my short list and I’d do at least one of them. Would you also recommend True Grit?

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    1. I hadn’t heard of Shanghai Noon, but after googling it I really want to see it. =) Thanks for the reccomendation!

      True Grit is a superbly well-made film with excellent performances from all the cast–highly recommended. I haven’t seen the original film with John Wayne, so I can’t speak to the quality of that one, but the 2010 remake is great. (Did you know it’s a Coen brothers film?)

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      1. I didn’t know that. One thing I know for sure is when I do this Western movie month, I want at least one modern movie. Should probably do at least one John Wayne movie as well.

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  2. Mmmmmmmm, Shane. I was listening to the soundtrack this weekend and am now desperately wanting to rewatch it. Or reread it. Or both.

    I love both Magnificent Seven and Rio Bravo. SO MUCH. My goodness, two of my favorite movies ever.

    Cat Ballou and True Grit are like a photograph and its negative, aren’t they? With the drunken old guy getting hired to go after the dad’s killer and everything 😀

    You should watch Silverado. Really, really should. I think you would totally dig it.

    Old Yeller is totally a western — takes place in Texas after the Civil War and everything.

    I probably should have answered with The Mandalorian for question 7 too. But I didn’t. Thanks for the link to my article, tho 😀

    Support Your Local Sheriff is the perfect comedy western. Cannot be improved upon.

    I allllllllllllllmost used The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance for 9 too. (I also almost went on a long rant about The Ox-Bow Incident and how much I hate it for that question, but then I didn’t.)

    W:DOA is always awesome!

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    1. You know, I was watching The Mentalist the other day and one of the characters was watching Rio Bravo! It was a cool little moment.

      I never even thought of the similarities between True Grit and Cat Ballou until I wrote this blog post. But now I can never unsee it. =)

      I completely agree about Support Your Local Sheriff. I’m so thankful to Hour of the Gun for aiding me in seeing the brilliance of it. 😉

      Ha! I thought of The Ox-Bow Incident too. The Movie That Shall Not Be Named. Ugh.

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  3. Old Yeller doesn’t get nearly enough credit for being an honest-to-goodness Western, not just a family film! It’s a story where the antagonist is basically the challenges of frontier survival, which is really the most realistic type of Western you can get.

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    1. I’m always on the look-out for Westerns that aren’t always classified as Westerns, and you’re right–Old Yeller is one of the best. I really need to watch it again.

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  4. I really need to watch Support Your Local Sheriff! It will be done, I promise.

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance makes me so sad. The cactus rose was really unnecessary. *sniffles*

    LOVE “The Mandalorian” as your choice for the dictionary-definition question! Space Westerns for the win.

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    1. WATCH IT. XD It’s the best.

      I just showed my little brothers TMWHLV last night and got teary-eyed all over again.

      Space Westerns are my jam!!!

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  5. I absolutely love Support Your Local Sheriff. It’s the only western (apart from Mel Gibson’s Maverick, which is hilarious) that gets viewed regularly around my house. “YOU SHUT UP AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!” cracks me up every time.

    How can you possibly love Old Yeller???? That movie traumatized me as a kid and I will never forgive it. 😉

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    1. It’s literally one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen! Burt Kennedy is great at writing humorous dialogue.

      See, I didn’t watch Old Yeller as a kid–I watched it when I was all grown-up. So maybe that helped?

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