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Go West, Young Man

And Sunday Beauty #166

The other day I accidentally reminded myself that it has been a long, long time since I had sat still, and watched a Western.. probably, maybe, since I rented Unforgiven, oh, sometime around 2008. I think. So I decided to change that. I looked on Netflix, and found a classic (in every sense of the word).

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, directed by John Ford, starring James Stewart and John Wayne, supported by Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O’Brien, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Woody Strode, Strother Martin, and Lee Van Cleef, is well worth seeing again. It is widely considered one of director John Ford’s best Westerns, and generally ranks as one of John Wayne’s best films.

Stewart and Wayne is a hard combo to top, IMHO.  (Another Wayne/Stewart Western, The Shootist, is on my Top Movies list.)

Today’s Pretty Picture:

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“Resting in the sunshine” by Steve Wilson, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s Thot: if you have a Netflix account, and it’s been too darn long since you’ve watched a classic Western.. why don’t you make time before too long? (And for you youngsters, find out why you don’t need CGI to make a movie.)

Today’s quote:Don’t ever become a pessimist… a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

(“Oftener”.. it’s been a long time snce I’ve heard that one..)

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August 3, 2014 - Posted by | Digital Images


  1. One of my all time old western classics,Wayne(KING of the old westerns), Stewart & Marvin & u can’t lose w/ John Ford directing! Does anyone recall the movie/dramedy “Cat Ballou” w/ Jane Fonda & Lee Marvin?

    It’s a shame, (at least here in N.E. Pa.) that we don’t have theater’s that show Classic film’s in general; the way they were meant to be seen! :(


    Comment by augusto | August 4, 2014 | Reply

    • augusto,
      I am afraid it’s a simple matter of economics (and I understand it was true in the video rental stores as well), the vast majority of people aren’t interested in classic movies. (You might remember the stink and hullabaloo kicked up when Ted Turner started “colorizing” B&W movies, to make them more ‘modern’, in an effort to get more people to watch them.)
      And Netflix’s collection of classics is quite poor as well…
      But the First Rule of Business is: give the customer what they want.

      I am sure I have seen Cat Ballou, but I don’t remember it (even after looking it up) … which is odd. My memory usually is decent…


      Comment by techpaul | August 4, 2014 | Reply

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