- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1St Edition edition (December 12, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345271262
- ISBN-13: 978-0345271266
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,569,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They Went Thataway Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1977
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Horwitz takes along some relics of his "Front Row Kid" past--his Hopalong Cassidy boots and spurs; his favorite Gene Autry records, and his Lone Ranger comic books. The second section of the book is a thorough analysis of the advent of the western movie, and focuses on the early, deceased cowboy film legends. Horwitz notes that the first true American movie, "The Great Train Robbery", was a western, despite being filmed in New Jersey --- A bit-player in that movie, Bronco Billy Anderson, ultimately formed his own production company, Essanay Studios, and brought the western to the West, namely California --- Other early screen legends that followed in Anderson's path included William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Fred Thomson and Ken Maynard, whose funeral Horwitz attended after failing to reach him in time for an interview --- Horwitz analyzes their careers, especially their successes and failures out of the saddle.
Horwitz's first interview wound up being Autry proved to be a friendly man, though unwilling to give out much information as he was planning his own autobiography at the time ---Sunset Carson, who Horwitz meets at a country western movie festival in Siler City, North Carolina, and prove to be a witty, giving man --- Charles Starrett, "The Durango Kid", who actually contacted Horwitz himself because he was happy to still be remembered after twenty-two years in retirement --- Russell Hayden, "Lucky" in the Hopalong Cassidy movies, who was a movie fan that actually became a movie hero himself, and who was trying to make a success out of an old movie set that he wanted to offer as a tourist attraction --- Joel McCrea, who actually made a name for himself as an actor outside of westerns, but who retunerd to the medium he loved, and who starred in the last "true" old western, "Ride the High Country" with Randolph Scott --- Horwitz covers Hopalong Cassidy's career with detail, in particular the seminal image of William Boyd as the original "man in black" --- Other performers Horwitz recalls with nostalgia includes Tex Ritter, Audie Murphy, and the role that television played in the death of the old-time Hollywood cowboys.
Jimmy Wakeley, the "last" of the singing cowboys --- Duncan Renaldo, The Cisco Kid, who took Horwitz to see Diablo, his horse from the Cisco Kid television shows --- Tim McCoy, who was the last of the 'original' movie cowboys, who proved to be the most open and emotional about his career and life, and whom Horwitz devotes the most time in the text --- Horwitz ends the book at the site where Tom Mix died in a car accident. He takes out his childhood cowboy boots, tries to polish them, and leaves them at the monument marking the location. He felt that such a sacred place was a good place to leave a memento of his childhood, and of memories that "went thataway" (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Title and Page Numbers)
The Front Row Kid - 3
Chelsea Cowboy - 12
The Old Cowtowns They Ain't What They Used To Be - 32
The Wild West Tale and the Hollywood Cowboys - 51
The Trail Blazers - 53
Tom Mix and the Miracle Riders - 64
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Like the Mighty B's
(A Gallop Thru the Thirties and the Forties) - 112
Empty Saddles - 143
Headin' 'Em Off at the Freeway - 161
Hooray for Hollywood (L.A. All The Way) - 163
Gene Autry - 172
Sunset Carson and the Gold Ole Boys - 188
The Durango Kid - 207
Russell Hayden in Pioneertown - 216
Joel McCrea - 224
The Last Singing Cowboys - 234
Oh Ceesco! Oh Pancho! - 249
Tim McCoy - 263
Check out a new book from Empire Publishing - "GENE AUTRY WESTERNS" (Hardcover) - by author Boyd Magers, like no other book on Gene Autry --- all of Gene's Mascot, Republic and Columbia westerns included, as well as his half-hour TV Episodes --- each segment contains the release date on each film ... major production credits ... complete cast (including character played) ... all songs included, songwriter and who performed them in the film ... running time of each film ... dates of the filming ... bios on the cast and major players (Smiley, Pat Buttram, Cass County Boys, Herbert J. Yates, directors, leading ladies, songwriters and various heavies, etc.) ... locations that were used ... budgets and negative cost ... stunt people involved ... analysis and synopsis on each film ... notes and comments (including film and cast background info, salaries paid, working titles, etc) ... comments from Gene and many other cast members on each film ... theater exhibitors comments at the time of the films release ...this tribute was written from the heart and it shows.
Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc) and Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") as they have rekindled my interest once again for B-Westerns and Serials --- author James Horwitz, have given us the Ultimate in B-Westerns of old favorites from bygone eras --- If you're into the memories of B-Westerns, this is the one you've been anxiously waiting for --- Horwitz and Thomas Congdon Books have captured the moment, please stand up and take a bow --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Pages: 281 ~ Thomas Congdon Books ~ (1976)