I must kick myself. I buy too easily everything concerning westerns. The writer has collected anything that interest him in this book. He seems to like B-westerns of which he has written critiques. I don't. There is no preface, no stated aim in this book. He just throws in anything that interests him. Included are Kettles in the Ozarks and Lost Tresure of the Amazon. There is 27 page list of Charles Starrett's films and 30 pages of western money makers. I am not that interested in Starrett or who is on top of money making. If you are, by all means buy this book. Mr Reid may be an Australian, because he lets us know when a particular film was released there.
His evaluations are often quite interesting and readable. Like him I have never liked The Searchers,The Man from Laramie and Red River that much. The Searchers has obnoxious humor and the stories of the latter two have holes. Of course, they are not bad films, but not as good as Warlock, Rio Bravo, Shane or the Boetticher films. Without Wayne they would not be as good. Reid likes Angel and the Badman, The Big Country, Black Bart, The Boy from Oklahoma, The Capture, Destry Rides Again, The Duel at Slver Creek, Fury at Furnace Creek, The Mark of Zorro (1940), Montana, Pursued, Riding Shotgun, San Antonio (he must be an Errol Flynn admirer), Seventh Cavalry, Shootout at Medicine Bend, Tall in the Saddle, Topeka, Wagon Master. Not a bad list.
This book is probably published by the author, which really shows. A good editor would had been useful. I expected too much from this book.