Western Movies

Birthday Boy: Clarence E. Mulford

Posted in Pulps,Western Movies on February 3, 2015 @ 6:33 pm

Western fiction’s most enduring hero was the offspring of a mild-mannered, bespectacled civil servant who spent his leisure hours writing about a mythical frontier from the confines of a modest Brooklyn apartment. The author was Clarence Edward Mulford, and the literary figure he sired was Hopalong Cassidy. Hoppy and his Bar-20 comrades first appeared in […]

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Countdown: 100 Days to Windy City!

Posted in Conventions,Movies,Western Movies on January 15, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

At this writing the beginning of 2014’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention is just 100 days away. I’m already excited. The Windy City con is always a great show, and I’m proud to have been a part of it since 2002, when Doug Ellis invited me to handle the film program. For the first […]

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Gone Fishing…Again

Posted in Conventions,Western Movies on October 2, 2012 @ 6:30 am

There won’t be any updates here for a week or so, as I’m off to Southern California for the annual Lone Pine Film Festival, which begins Thursday evening with a star-studded cocktail party at the town’s Film History Museum.  As usual, I’ll be moderating several panels, and this year the Museum is adding one in […]

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Catching My Breath

Posted in Conventions,Movies,Upcoming Books,Western Movies on September 20, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

I’m sorry I haven’t posted here more regularly of late, but it’s been busy around here. Real busy. In recent weeks my time has been monopolized by the latest edition of Lone Pine in the Movies, an annual magazine I produce for the Lone Pine Film Festival. As some of you know, I’ve been an […]

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A New Magazine from Murania Press!

Posted in Conventions,Murania Press,Western Movies on July 3, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  Surprise, surprise. For some time now I’ve contemplated launching a separate magazine to cover Western movies. I’ve been seriously researching film history for nearly four decades and have devoted more time and effort to the Western than any other genre. (The serial isn’t a genre, it’s a format.) Over the years I’ve amassed gobs […]

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Hoppy birthday, William Boyd: Part 2

Posted in Western Movies on June 6, 2012 @ 9:42 am

The first series entry, Hop-a-long Cassidy, was released on August 23, 1935. Within weeks it was playing in thousands of theaters, most of them owned by Paramount. Reviews were positive but not especially enthusiastic; Variety, for example, called the film “not overly exciting” but allowed that it “moves along smoothly, without going in too heavily […]

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Hoppy birthday, William Boyd: Part 1

Posted in Western Movies on June 5, 2012 @ 8:01 am

One hundred and seventeen years ago today, William Boyd was born in Hendrysburg, Ohio. When he was seven his family moved to Oklahoma, where Bill’s parents both died before he finished high school. Left to fend for himself, the strikingly handsome youth initially found work as a grocery-store clerk, then as a surveyor and oil-field […]

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