The Phantom Empire is a 1935 American Western serial film directed by Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason and starring Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, and Betsy King Ross. This 12-chapter Mascot Pictures serial combined the western, musical, and science fiction genres. The first episode is 30 minutes, the rest about 20 minutes. The serial film is about a singing cowboy… Read more →
Riders of Destiny is a 1933 pre-Code Western musical film starring 26-year-old John Wayne as Singin’ Sandy Saunders, the screen’s second singing cowboy (the first being Ken Maynard in the 1929 film The Wagon Master). It was the first of a series of Lone Star Westerns made for Monogram Pictures by Wayne and director Robert N. Bradbury and the first… Read more →
The Outlaw is a 1943 American Western film, directed by Howard Hughes and starring Jack Buetel, Jane Russell, Thomas Mitchell, and Walter Huston. Hughes also produced the film, while Howard Hawks served as an uncredited co-director. The film is notable as Russell’s breakthrough role, turning the young actress into a sex symbol and a Hollywood icon. Later advertising billed Russell… Read more →
The Lucky Texan is a 1934 Lonestar Films B-movie Western film featuring John Wayne (five years before his breakthrough appearance in Stagecoach), Barbara Sheldon, Gabby Hayes, and the legendary stuntman and actor Yakima Canutt. It was written and directed by Robert N. Bradbury. The plot concerns Wayne finding gold and making the mistake of trusting the local assayer. It also… Read more →
Blue Steel is a 1934 Pre-Code Western film in which John Wayne plays a U.S. Marshal who is trying to capture the Polka Dot Bandit, who has taken off with $4,000. The film is also sometimes referred to as An Innocent Man or Stolen Goods in the U.S. By Robert N. Bradbury (YouTube: LSyzNxV2ths) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
Angel and the Badman is a 1947 American Western film written and directed by James Edward Grant and starring John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey and Bruce Cabot. The film is about an injured gunfighter who is nursed back to health by a Quaker girl and her family whose way of life influences him and his violent ways. Angel and… Read more →
The Deadly Companions is a 1961 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, and Chill Wills. Based on the novel of the same name by A. S. Fleischman, the film is about an ex-army officer who accidentally kills a woman’s son, and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral… 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 →