John Payne also starred as Vint Bonner, an educated, commonsense gunfighter, in The Restless Gun, which aired on Monday evenings from 1957 to 1959, prior to Dale Robertson’s western series Tales of Wells Fargo. Dan Blocker, James Coburn, and Don Grady made their first substantive acting forays with Payne on The Restless Gun.
Big man, big land, big adventure. Western fans get all three in Yellowstone Kelly, a strife-torn saga of American soldiers and Sioux warriors in the days after Little Big Horn. Clint Walker (Cheyenne) stars as trapper and U.S. military scout Yellowstone Kelly, drawn into the conflict when he saves the life of a beautiful Arapaho girl (Andra Martin) held captive by the Sioux. She runs off, Kelly gives her shelter and all hell-for-leather breaks loose on the plains. Rich Technicolor photography provides the stunning backdrop for brawling, hoof-pounding frontier action reliably delivered by two genre greats, director Gordon Douglas and screenwriter Burt Kennedy.
Andra Martin, Claude Akins, Clint Walker, Edward Byrnes, John Russell, Ray Danton, Rhodes Reason.
Burt Kennedy Heck Allen
It’s the legendary James Stewart at his leading-man finest in this timeless western that set the standard for all that followed. Frontiersman Lin McAdam (James Stewart) is attempting to track down both his father’s murderer and his one-of-a-kind rifle, the Winchester ’73, as it passes among a diverse group of desperate characters, including a crazed highwayman (Dan Duryea), an immoral gunrunner (John McIntire), a savage young Indian chief (Rock Hudson) and McAdam’s own murderous brother (Stephen McNally). Featuring Shelley Winters as the rifle’s only rival for McAdam’s interest and Tony Curtis in one of his first screen performances, the gripping tale of the men (and gun) who won the West is one of Stewart’s most memorable films and one of the genre’s most enduring classics.
James Stewart Shelley Winters Dan Duryea Stephen McNally Millard Mitchell Charles Drake John McIntire Will Geer Jay C. Flippen Rock Hudson Tony Curtis
Robert L. Richards Borden Chase.
Randolph Scott plays outlaw Vance Shaw who decides to change his ways and work for the growing Western Union company. His brother continues to pursue the life of an outlaw, even going so far as to try and sabotage the telegraph company as they lay down lines between Omaha and Salt Lake City. With the help of a Western Union executive Richard Blake (Robert Young), Scott attempts to keep the growing and important company out of the clutches of an immoral businessman (Dean Jagger). Western Union was adapted from a story by the noted western writer Zane Grey.
Dean Jagger Randolph Scott Robert Young
John Wayne and Randolph Scott duke it out for Marlene Dietrich’s love in this riotous Western set in an Alaskan boomtown. When ship captain Roy Glennister (John Wayne) finds out he’s been duped out of a mine claim by the smooth-talking Alexander McNamara (Randolph Scott), he turns to a sassy saloon singer named Cherry Malotte (Marlene Dietrich) for help in stopping the land-grabbing thug. But revenge soon turns to romance as Cherry and Roy discover sparks in the cold frontier boomtown. When McNamara makes a pass of his own, it’s all out war as the quips — and furniture — go flying in this hilarious and hard-hitting adventure.
John Wayne Marlene Dietrich Randolph Scott Harry Carey
Lawrence Hazard Tom Reed.
“Plain arithmetic. Money splits better two ways instead of three,” smooth-talking outlaw Ben Vandergroat reasons to his captors, three bounty hunters thrown together by chance. They’re taking him to justice in Abilene, but Ben has other ideas. If he can set the men against each other ? play on their greed, their fears, their vanities ? he may be able to make his break to freedom. In the third of his five landmark Anthony Mann-directed westerns, James Stewart stars as the relentless leader of bounty hunters caught in the snare of the hunted (Robert Ryan). Tough, sweating with tension, and towering as tall as its breathtaking Colorado Rockies setting, The Naked Spur is simply “one of the best Westerns ever made” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide). Year: 1953 Director: Anthony Mann Starring: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell MPAA Rating: NOTRATED (c) 1953 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved
James Stewart Janet Leigh Robert Ryan Ralph Meeker
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