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West Texas and the Movies: Gunfighters, Musicians, Gamblers


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Initial post: Sep 15, 2012 4:08:52 AM PDT
WEST TEXAS AND THE MOVIES: A great many movies were made about the famous folks I write about, many of whom are pictured in the book. They MET here in West Texas. Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Big Nose Kate Elder. Fifty-five movies about them. They also met lady gambler, Lottie Deno, the model for Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke. Poker Alice played by Elizabeth Taylor met Bat Masterson, movies and TV series. They also met Pat Garrett, who killed Billy the Kid, spawning many movies. Bat and Col. Ranald Mackenzie both met Quanah Parker, many U.S. Cavalry movies. America's most famous gambler, Titantic Thompson, was the model for Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. He met Amarillo Slim, in an Altman movie. The epic match and meeting between Titanic Thompson and Johnny Moss took place at Meadowbrook in Lubbock. Woody Guthrie's movie is one of the finest made. Bob Wills was in the movies, as was Elvis, who met Buddy Holly in Lubbock. There's a movie about him. THE FLATLANDERS are headed for Carnegie Hall. Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock. They got back together to write a tune for a Robert Redford movie. Jimmie's been in a movie. They ain't through yet! Look at the table of contents, fabulous reviews, introduction on Amazon or JohnnyHughes.com FAMOUS GAMBLERS, POKER HISTORY, and TEXAS STORIES.
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