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Movie Westerns: Hollywood Films the Wild, Wild West [Paperback]

John Howard Reid

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18 Dec 2005
No less than 150 classic western movies are surveyed, ranging from super productions like "The Big Country", "Destry Rides Again", "The Mark of Zorro", "Red River", "The Searchers", "The Spoilers" and "Unconquered" to the output of such popular "B" western film stars as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott, William Boyd, Johnny Mack Brown, Tim Holt and Wayne Morris. Plus a big tip of the sombrero to Charles Starrett and John Wayne.

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Award-winning movie critic, John Howard Reid, is also the creator of fictional detectives, Merryll Manning and Michaela Morris. Reid has worked in the publishing industry all his life. Starting at the bottom of the ladder, he gradually worked his way up to the editor's and publisher's desks. In his copious spare time, Reid contributed numerous movie reviews and articles to magazines such as "Films and Filming", "Photoplayer" and "Presence du Cinema". At one stage, Reid found himself working for TWO city newspapers, due to a friendly exchange of information between their "rival" editors. For the second paper, of course, Reid was forced to use a pseudonym, "Tom Howard" (which is actually more or less his middle name). Back at his real job, Reid had another stroke of good fortune. When a promised manuscript failed to materialize from a talented but notoriously unreliable author, "Tom Howard" stepped into the breach with a series of mystery thrillers, commencing with "The Health Farm Murders" in 1985. This debut novel was a rousing success with both critics and public. The first edition quickly sold out, and the reprint likewise. A new edition with a new dustjacket that quoted liberally from critics' comments also disappeared within a matter of months. The Large Print rights were sold for a flat sum (a mistake, as it later turned out -- Reid's agent should have asked for a percentage) and an American publisher purchased the U.S.-Canadian rights for $20,000. The American then sat on the book without publishing it for 20 years. When the rights eventually reverted to the author, "Merryll Manning: The Health Farm Murders" finally made his debut in the U.S.A. in 2008.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A curious book 11 Oct 2008
By Markku Ojanen - Published on
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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.
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