Well, Rachel, you did it again!
I hadn’t intended to write a post about this, but then I saw your blog link up and it looked so fun I had to participate! She pulled me in at the eleventh hour once more.
This post was doubly hard to produce at the last second because, as always, I had to track down the perfect gifs. Do you have any IDEA who hard it is to find Western gifs online??? VERY HARD. I’m ashamed of the Internet for being so remiss.
Fortunately, the Gif Master was up to the challenge and managed to dig up some good ones. *grins*
This was a short post, but a fun one. Anytime there’s a party, you can bet that Allison will be there, getting into mischief and having fun.
Make sure you check out Hamlette’s Soliloquy to get in on the fun!
So are you ready for my contribution to this little round-up? Good. Let’s go!
1. What’s the last western you watched?
Um . . . I’m pretty sure it was scenes from Audie Murphy’s Ride Clear Of Diablo – my dad really likes one of the sidekicks in that film.
The guy above is hilarious. A lunatic, but hilarious.
As for the film itself (not to mention Audie) . . . . well. I really can’t see how Audie Murphy got famous as an actor. *hides* Was he a great war hero? Absolutely. But he should have stuck with being a war hero, in my opinion.
2. A western of any stripe (happy or tragic) where you were highly satisfied by the ending?
The Shadow Riders had a highly satisfactory ending. Brothers and sisters riding off into the sunset (not to mention uncles and a future in-law) needs to be far more common in film!
3. The funniest western you’ve seen?
Hawmps! comes immediately to mind. This movie is definitely one of a kind. Where else are you going to be able to find cowboy’s doing the jitterbug?
4. What similar elements/themes show up in your favorite westerns?
The bad guys getting just what’s coming to them.
Real Men doing what real men do.
Lawmen portrayed as the heroes that they are.
Snappy and laconic dialogue.
Right and wrong / black and white morality.
Stories that don’t follow the usual Western tropes (stranger rides into town and becomes sheriff or at least cleans it up, etc). They are genre-bending and are really escapes, heists, or epic generational story lines wrapped up in a Western setting.
Strong family themes.
Lots of action.
Not one villain left standing. Not a one.
5. Favorite actress who made one or more westerns?
*scratches head* Well, Deanna Durbin is one of my favorite actresses and, as far as I know, she only made one Western Can’t Help Singing.
I haven’t watched it yet, because I have difficulty thinking of Deanna in full technicolor – to me she exists in a black and white alternate universe. It’s hard for me to realize that the heroine of this film is the same Deanna I know and love.
I have to admit, though – this is a pretty epic background for singing a solo!
6. Favorite western hero/sidekick pairing?
Roy Rogers and Trigger are pretty iconic.
Chris and Vin in The Magnificent Seven (the REAL Magnificent Seven, not that modern monstrosity) are also quite epic.
7. Scariest villain/antagonist in a Western?
Hmmm . . . I honestly can’t think of any villain in a Western who was scary. I can think of plenty who were annoying, plenty who were jerks, and even a few interesting ones – but I was never unduly scared by any of them.
I suppose there were some movies with Indian attacks that freaked me out when I was little. It’s hard to beat a villain that chases you down with the intent of scalping you. That would not be my preferred way of leaving this Earth, nossir.
8. Favorite romance in a western?
Hmm . . . . I suppose the relationship in The Shadow Riders. It had the merit of being abbreviated (they never even kissed) and took a back seat to the rest of the story – which is always a plus.
9. Three of your favorite westerns?
The Shadow Riders.
10. Share one (or several!) of your favorite quotes from a western.
The scenes and quotes below are used frequently in my house. Enjoy.
And that’s a wrap. Hopefully you enjoyed this little sip of silliness.
All right, compadres, let’s talk. Have you seen any of these films? What is one of your favorite Western stories? If Westerns aren’t really your thing, what is an element that would make them more appealing to you? (you can bet I’ll be taking notes).
If you want to read last year’s post centered around Legends Of Western Cinema Week, you can find it right here.
Until next time.