Bonanza is an American western television series that ran on NBC from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC’s longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on U.S. network television (behind CBS’s Gunsmoke), and within the top 10 longest-running, live-action American series. The show continues to air in… Read more →
Santa Fe Trail is a 1940 American western film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey and Ronald Reagan. Written by Robert Buckner, the film is about the abolitionist John Brown and his fanatical attacks on slavery as a prelude to the Civil War. Subthemes include J.E.B. Stuart and George Armstrong Custer as they… Read more →
The Iron Horse is a 1924 American Western silent film directed by John Ford and produced by Fox Film. It was a major milestone in Ford’s career, and his lifelong connection to the western movie genre. It was Ford’s first major film, in part because the hastily planned production went over budget, as Fox was making a hurried response to… Read more →
Just Pals is a 1920 American silent Western film directed by John Ford, and was Ford’s first film for Fox Film Corporation. John Ford is credited as ‘Jack Ford’, as was typical for his earliest films. The film introduces the theme of the partnership between two vagabonds, a young man and a boy, who support and help each other.Buck Jones… Read more →
American silent film Before the White Man Came (1920) starring Crow and Northern Cheyenne actors. John E. Maple, Northwestern Film Corporation [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
American silent western film Riders of the Law (1922) directed by Robert North Bradbury and starring Jack Hoxie. Sunset Productions / Aywon Film [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
The Covered Wagon is a 1923 American silent Western film released by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by James Cruze based on a novel by Emerson Hough about a group of pioneers traveling through the old West from Kansas to Oregon. J. Warren Kerrigan starred as Will Banion and Lois Wilson as Molly Wingate. On their quest they experience… Read more →
McLintock! is a 1963 American western comedy film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The film co-stars Wayne’s son Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills and Yvonne DeCarlo (billed as “Special Guest Star”). Loosely based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the project was filmed in Technicolor and Panavision and produced… Read more →
Under Western Stars is a 1938 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, and the Maple City Four. Written by Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan, and Betty Burbridge, the film is about a populist singing cowboy who decides to run for Congress in order to seek federal assistance to help small ranchers… Read more →
Vengeance Valley is a 1951 American western film starring Burt Lancaster and based on the novel by Luke Short. In 1979, the film entered the public domain due to the failure of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after the movies’ publication. The picture was directed by Richard Thorpe with a supporting cast featuring Robert Walker,… Read more →