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Golden Saddles And Silver Spurs - The Story Of Movie Westerns 2005

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Documentary history of the western genre in American cinema. Admitting that westerns did not alway represent the real historical conditions in their depictions of 'heroic' cowboys and 'evil' Indians, the documentary focuses on pioneers such as John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper and Clark Gable, among others.

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Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Director Robert J. Emery
Studio DELTA VISUAL ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 21 November 2008
Main languages English

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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2011
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This is definitely one for the nostalgia junkies, of which I am most definitely one. At a running time of 94 minutes you are never going to be able to make a definitive film history of the western. There is simply so much that you can only give a flavour of the whole, and that is what this documentary manages to do with ease. This documentary is unashamedly biased towards the B western heyday, and may disappoint some in this respect. "The thrill of it all" as the great silent star William S Hart said in the later introduction to his silent western classic "Tumbleweeds". In those wonderful days before the world became too cynical and knowing we were able to watch our heroes galloping across the screen to outgun the bad guys. Now just who are the bad guys?

This documentary briefly covers silent stars like Broncho Billy Anderson who did much to develop the form of the western in the early days. Then came Hart who developed it further with brilliant films like "Hells Hinges". Other stars featured are Tim McCoy, Tom Mix, William Boyd, Gene Autry, Gary Cooper and of course John Wayne. Happily lesser well knowns like Hoot Gibson, Bob Custer, Bob Steele, Harry Carey and Fred Thomson are also shown. It was also nice to see that great supporting actor Ward Bond get a decent mention together with regular character actors like toothless Walter Brennan, George Gabby Hayes, Smiley Burnette, Andy Devine and Ben Johnson. Many of the early stars like Ken Maynard and Tom Mix were fine horsemen in their own right who had graduated from stunt work. No stunt doubles were required by these guys! There is some rare footage shown, a good example being a clip from John Ford's early western "Straight Shooting", with star Harry Carey.
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Golden Saddles DVD History of the Cine Western
A Great book; certainly worth 5 stars. Particularly at the price! It's a bargain.
Tells the history of the cine western from start to pretty much today.
Taking in Broncho Bill Wes Hart; Ken Maynard, Buck Jones and including
the many singing cowboys. A must for any western fan or
The Front Row Kid. Missed mentioning The Lone Ranger but it has
pretty much all the rest.
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This was a decent documentary charting the history of the 'western' in Hollywood. Starting from the very beginning the programme highlights some key performers along the way. All in all quite enjoyable for the western fan.
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