Lindsey Appreciates Westerns: Wrapping up the ‘LTTAW’ project

At the beginning of October 2013, I got the idea to tackle a genre I had always had a bit of an aversion to: the western. Knowing that I was probably keeping myself from watching a lot of great films by ignoring an entire genre, I decided to force myself into some western viewings. What better way to step outside of your genre-preference box than … Continue reading Lindsey Appreciates Westerns: Wrapping up the ‘LTTAW’ project

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Red River (1948)

I’ve never been a big fan of John Wayne. He’s my grandma’s favorite actor, but she has never introduced me to many of his films. As I became more interested in the mid-century and began doing a lot of reading about the period, I discovered that he was a supporter of HUAC. I also learned that he had called Native Americans “selfish” for not wanting … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Red River (1948)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Gun Fever (1958)

Sam Weller (John Lupton) is part of a gang, playing watch dog as his father Trench (Aaron Saxon) and a man named Charlie Whitman (Dean Fredericks) raise hell. They kill, they steal, they get themselves into all kinds of trouble. After their latest raid on a settler’s shabby cabin results in the death of a woman, Sam decides he wants out of all of this … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Gun Fever (1958)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Gunfighters of Abilene (1960)

Just as gunfighter Kip Tanner (Buster Crabbe) is reaching the town of Abilene, Texas, he’s attacked by three men: ranchers Harker (Kenneth MacDonald), Rigley (Arthur Space) and Hendricks (Richard H. Cutting). Kip’s brother, Gene (Boyd Morgan), was into some trouble with these ranchers, having allegedly stolen money from them after a cattle herd sale. After the sale, Gene and the money both disappeared, leaving his … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Gunfighters of Abilene (1960)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Carson City Raiders (1948)

Carson City is a small, just-forming Western down. Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller) owns the local freight line, which is mainly used to carry gold from the local mines. Nugget’s about to give up his business, though, because his wagons keep getting raided by a gang of outlaws. The gang is headed up by local barber “Razor” Pool (Frank Reicher), who attempts to rule the land … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Carson City Raiders (1948)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Black Hills Ambush (1952)

Rocky Lane (Allan Lane), a U.S. marshal, has arrived in town to help his friend Nugget (Eddy Waller), a freight runner. Nugget has been having a problem with bandits robbing him of his shipments. After learning that the robbers have only targeted incoming shipments, Rocky begins to think that the band of thieves have been repackaging the shipments and bringing them back to Nugget to … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Black Hills Ambush (1952)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Days of Jesse James (1939)

Gabby Whittaker (George “Gabby” Hayes) has had great success in California during the Gold Rush. His granddaughter Mary (Pauline Moore) has convinced him to come back home to Missouri, cash in on the gold and put his money in the bank. Sam Wyatt (Arthur Loft), the owner of the bank Whittaker chooses, decides to take advantage of the notorious name of Jesse James (Don “Red” … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Days of Jesse James (1939)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: California Firebrand (1948)

Monte Hale (playing a character that shares his own name) is on his way to California when he comes upon an unconscious gunslinger, the notorious Gunsmoke Lowery (Dan Sheridan). There’s a telegram in the man’s pocket summoning him to Gunnison, California — the very town where Monte was headed. Monte holds onto the telegram and continues his journey to Gunnison, where he assumes the identity … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: California Firebrand (1948)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Gun Street (1961)

Gary Wells has been serving prison time for six years after attempting to rob a bank. He makes a daring escape, heading back to the small, dusty town he was arrested in. Gary’s got big plans of getting revenge on those who imprisoned him. Wells’ biggest targets are his ex-wife (Peggy Stewart), who has remarried to Dr. Knudson (John Pickard), and Jeff Baxley (Herb Armstrong), who was directly responsible for … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Gun Street (1961)

Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Winchester ’73 (1950)

A contest of marksmanship is being held for the 4th of July, 1876 in the small, old West town of Dodge City, Kansas. The town is ruled by none other than Wyatt Earp (Will Geer), who does not allow firearms to be carried in Dodge City despite everyone’s apparent infatuation with the weapons. Lin McAdam (Jimmy Stewart) and Frankie Wilson (Millard Mitchell) have come to … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Winchester ’73 (1950)