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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2009, 4:59:05 AM PST
J. Lovins says:

Impressive list of favorites.

Couldn't argue with any of the listed actors.

Feel Richard Boone should be up there with them.

Not only could he play an evil villain with Randolph Scott,
John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, but one of the most
noted heroes ever to ride the trails to justice.

Wire Paladin in San Francisco in "Have Gun Will Travel",
he was a one man show with some outstanding
co-stars Denver Plye, Strother Martin,
Harry Carey Jr., Ben Johnson, Jack Lord,
Charles Bronson and Roy Barcroft, plus so many
others too numerous to mention.

Until our trails meet again,

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2009, 7:21:12 AM PST
raja99 says:
It's almost impossible for me to stick to just 5:

1) John Wayne
2) James Stewart
3) Glenn Ford
4) Gary Cooper
5) Robert Mitchum
6) Henry Fonda
7) William Holden
8) Clint Eastwood
9) Gregory Peck
10) Steve McQueen (looked the part better than anyone else)

Honorable mention:

Richard Widmark
Lee Marvin
Paul Newman
Alan Ladd
Randolph Scott
Robert Ryan
Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas
Kevin Costner

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2009, 7:15:04 AM PST
raja99 says:
Annie -

HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962) comes pretty close:

James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, George Peppard, Karl Malden, Walter Brennan, Debbie Reynolds, Carroll Baker, Thelma Ritter, Robert Preston, Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, Carolyn Jones, Eli Wallach, Harry Morgan, Andy Devine, Russ Tamblyn, Lee Van Cleef, Agnes Moorehead, Raymond Massey

Wait a minute, I guess that's the one you're referring to.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2009, 5:13:41 AM PST
J. Lovins says:

Know this isn't about favorite Western Stars, but the subject came up about

Too good. That's why it only lasted a season. Just take a look at the players. Not a weak link in the bunch. And, the writing! Fantastic. But, no trick guns, no canned laughter and no asinine sit skits. It was just that good. The players would change roles, Bobby Blake would be a drugged out drummer looking for a fix one week and then a Mexican fisherman who finds a big pearl. Even when the cast would shift into another completely different genre, they would shift around and support one another. One week Warren Stevens did a bit part as a night watchman and the next, he was a hired killer, then a soldier of fortune...as so on. This was undoubtedly some of the best theater ever presented on TV. Sadly, that's why it didn't go past one season...but, what a season!

Richard Boone - (25 episodes, 1963-1964)
Warren Stevens .(16 episodes, 1963-1964)
Bethel Leslie (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
Harry Morgan (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ford Rainey (14 episodes, 1963-1964)
Guy Stockwell (14 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lloyd Bochner (13 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jeanette Nolan (13 episodes, 1963-1964)
Laura Devon (11 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Blake (10 episodes, 1963-1964)
June Harding .(9 episodes, 1963-1964)

Boone even directed a few shows

Richard Boone (5 episodes, 1963-1964)

Until our trails meet again,

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2009, 8:42:46 PM PST
These actors are professionals in a strong positive sense,always interesting to watch and listen to, and scene stealers who make any film look good when they are on screen. Their personas and little bits of business are like icing on the cake.Walter Brennan was three time Oscar winner,I believe.


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2009, 3:18:31 PM PST
Meyer3 says:
Also involved in this show was Robert Blake, later of "Barreta"

Posted on Feb 28, 2009, 6:02:43 AM PST
John Wayne
Clint Eastwood
James Stewartet
Walter Brennan (as a supporting actor he chewed up every scene he was in)
Steve McQueen (Wanted:Dead or Alive was even better than Clint Walker's Cheyenne

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2009, 5:31:51 AM PST
J. Lovins says:

You're very much welcome.

Boone is one of my all time favorites.

He was also a favorite character actor with Randolph Scott and John Wayne.

If you know his filmography you'll note Boone appeared in many of their films.

Here is a Mini Biography By my good friend Tony Fontana: (as appeared on IMDB)

Richard Boone was a college student, boxer, painter and oil-field laborer before ending up in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war he used the G.I. Bill to study acting with the Actor's Studio in New York. Serious and methodical, Boone debuted on Broadway in the play "Medea". Other plays followed, as did occasional TV work. In 1950 20th Century-Fox signed him to a contract and he made his screen debut in Halls of Montezuma (1950), playing a Marine officer. Tall and craggy, Boone was continually cast in a number of war and western movies. He also tackled roles such as Pontius Pilate in The Robe (1953) and a police detective in Vicki (1953). In 1954 he was cast as Dr. Konrad Styner in the pioneering medical series "Medic" (1954), which was a critical but not a ratings success. This role lasted for two years, but in the meantime, he continued to appear in westerns and war movies.

In 1957 he played Dr. Wright, who treats Elizabeth for her memory lapses, in Lizzie (1957). It was also in that year that Boone was cast in what is his best-known role, the cultured gunfighter Paladin in the highly regarded western series "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957). Although a gun for hire, Paladin was usually a moral one, did the job and lived at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco. Immensely popular, the show made Boone a star. The series lasted six years, and in addition to starring in it, Boone also directed some episodes. He still kept busy on the big screen during the series' run, appearing as Sam Houston in the John Wayne epic The Alamo (1960), and as a weary cavalry captain fighting Indians in A Thunder of Drums (1961). After "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957) ended in 1963, Boone hosted a dramatic anthology series, "The Richard Boone Show" (1963), but it was not successful.

Boone moved to Hawaii for the next seven years. During this time he made a few Westerns, including the muscular Rio Conchos (1964), but he was largely absent from the screen. In the 1970s he moved to Florida, and resumed his film and TV career with a vengeance. In 1972 he again appeared on television in the Jack Webb-produced series "Hec Ramsey" (1972) (years before he had played a police captain in Webb's first "Dragnet" film, Dragnet (1954)). Hec was a tough, grizzled old frontier sheriff at the turn of the 20th century who had to put up with a bright, eager young deputy who was schooled in the the most "modern" crime fighting techniques, which Hec had a hard time adapting to. The series lasted for two years. Boone continued working until the end of the decade but died from throat cancer in 1981.

Until our trails meet again.

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2009, 10:34:39 PM PST
a customer says:

Thank you for the info. It is much appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2009, 7:10:38 PM PST
J. Lovins says:

Here is some info on THE RICHARD BOONE SHOW

After Have Gun - Will Travel, Richard Boone starred in this dramatic anthology that ran only one full season. Critically acclaimed by critics, the ratings were not strong enough to warrant a second season. The cast included Bethel Leslie, Harry Morgan, Jeannette Nolan and Warren Stevens among others, who served as a stock company that played a different role in each week's drama. All 26 hour-long episodes are included in this 13-disc box set.

You may checked into this on - oldiedvd.com

The copies are very good and hard to find.

Until our trails meet again,

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA

Posted on Feb 27, 2009, 9:27:53 AM PST
a customer says:
J. Lovins:

Richard Boone is my favorite western actor. Of course, I think he is a fine actor in any film he did.

After him, I'd have to say:

Walter Brennan
Ben Johnson
Ward Bond
Stother Martin

J.Lovins: Would you please tell me how you got "The Richard Boone" anthology series?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2009, 3:23:50 PM PST
Max Fraley says:
You betchum, Red Ryder. How about Bill Elliott (many many), Gregory Peck (Yellow Sky, Bravados, Big Country, Stalking Moon, The Gunfighter & more), Glenn Ford (Desperados, Girl Out West, Man from the Alamo, Man from Colorado, Jubal, Sheepman, Fastest Gun Alive, 3:10 to Yuma, Three Violent People, & many more ) and William Holden (Texas, Arizona, The Wild Bunch, Streets of Larado, Wild Rovers & more. What fun it is to remember the good ones.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009, 12:04:58 AM PST
it's hard to pick five top western stars, when there are so many. the very top 5 would be. john wayne, randolph scott, joel mccrea, jimmy stewart, and robert mitchum. the next five would be,gary cooper, errol flynn, burt lancaster, charlton heston, and tim holt, and then, clint walker, clint eastwood, james arness, sam elliot, andben johnson., but there were so many good stars.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2009, 5:34:09 AM PST
J. Lovins says:

Buck Jones is one of my favorites:

Have collected many of his films on DVD.

Check out this site for additional titles that
do not appear on Amazon.Com

Check out: downunderdvd.com
ask for Trevor Scott.

Good prices and he has a lot to offer.

Until our trails meet Again,

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2009, 5:30:25 AM PST
J. Lovins says:
Hey Doug,

Good to hear from you.

Would make a couple of changes on your list for my taste:

1. Gene Autry
2. Roy Rogers
3. Hopalong Cassidy
4. John Wayne
5. Ward Bond

For the TV actors would suggest as the number one:

Richard Boone - Have Gun Will Travel.
He was a one man show with character
actors coming on such as Ben Johnson,
Harry Carey Jr., Denver Plye, Peter Faulk
Strother Martin, John Dehner and Warren Oates.

Many of his guest went on to become stars
in their own right.

Until our trails meet again,

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA

Posted on Feb 15, 2009, 12:12:21 PM PST
1. Gene Autry
2. Roy Rogers
3. Ward Bond
4. John Wayne
5. Hopalong Cassidy

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2008, 5:43:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2008, 5:49:12 PM PST
Mister Ed says:
Regarding Buck Jones,

Did Buck die a hero's death in the nightclub fire? To many discrepancies in the various accounts of the story..to say for sure..one way or the other. Two Soldiers, said they saw Buck in the front of the revolving door in front of the club, LC Wilson a coast guardsmen, says Buck made it to the roof, and was one jump from safety, and went back to save his friend Scott Dunlap.

One thing is for certain, Buck Jones was a hero, died a hero if he went back into the blazing inferno or not. Buck was every thing the Fox studio publicity department imagined and tried to pawn Tom Mix(who grew bored after not getting into the fray in Cuba and deserted from the US Army) off as--A genuine war hero. Buck was wounded by a Moro insurgent on the Island of Mindano in the Philippines, he served in G-Troop Sixth US Calvary.
Buck was the kind of man we need more of in today's world , a few boy's growing up to be like Buck Jones would be a very good thing in deed.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2008, 7:22:27 PM PDT
My five favorite western stars are:

1) Harry Carey Sr.
2)John Wayne.
3)Gary Cooper.
4)James Stewart.
5)Clint Eastwood.

Favorite TV western star: James Arness.
Favorite Old Time Radio western star: James Stewart.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 12:10:14 PM PDT
Howdy Frances! It's been done. There was a Western themed dinner show in Kissimmee Florida near Disney for years. Unfortunatly it went the way of all things cowboy and closed. I believe Dolly Parton has a western themed dinner show running somewhere, maybe Dollywood. We had a good one here in SoCal next door to Medevil Times near Knotts Berry Farm but it too closed and reopened as a pirate adventure dinner show.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 5:55:09 AM PDT
J. Lovins says:

Just reviewed this on Amazon.

You're correct when you say if felt
like a Randy Scott oater.

Both actors could ride Gary Cooper,
Randy Scott, Joel McCrea and
Johnny Mack Brown.

Here is a copy of my review Amazon Posted:

Dallas (1950) - Gary Cooper - DVD - Warner Bros.

Studio: Warner Brothers
Run Time: 94 minutes

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
"Gary Cooper Series ... Dallas (1950) ... Warner Bros.", October 9, 2008
By J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews

Warner Bros. presents "DALLAS" (30 December 1950) (94 mins/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- Our story line and plot, A throwback to the "old fashioned" Westerns of the 30s and 40s such as DODGE CITY (1939) --- DALLAS has a number of things going for it: Gary Cooper at his coolest, blazing Technicolor photography by Ernest Haller "GONE WITH THE WIND" (1939) and a pulse-pounding score by Max Steiner the composer of "PAINTED DESERT" (1938), "KING KONG" (1933), "GWTW" (1939), "DODGE CITY" (1939) and so many other scores for Warner Bros --- In addition, there is a masquerade, mistaken identity, a faked death and more hair-breath escapes than a Republic serial --- As always, Cooper defines what it is to be a man under pressure --- this is pure entertainment! --- Some interesting cast members with Reed Hadley playing Wild Bill Hickok, Buddy Roosevelt an old time B-Western star during the '20s & '30s, Leif Erickson as U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby, Fred Graham the great stuntman from so many action serials and western films, the beautiful Barbara Payton whose life away from the screen was even more interesting --- Gary Cooper's laconic performance holds the audience's interest throughout.

Under the production staff of:
Stuart Heisler - Director
Anthony Veiller - Producer
Derek N. Twist - Screenwriter
John Twist - Screenwriter
Ernest Haller - Cinematographer
Max Steiner - Composer (Music Score)
Clarence Kolster - Editor
Douglas Bacon - Art Director
George James Hopkins - Set Designer
Marjorie Best - Costume Designer
Oliver S. Garretson - Sound/Sound Designer
Albert S. Greenway - Makeup
Fred Phillips - Makeup
Chuck Hansen - First Assistant Director

1. Gary Cooper (aka: Frank James Cooper)
Date of Birth: 7 May 1901 - Helena, Montana
Date of Death: 13 May 1961 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. Ruth Roman
Date of Birth: 22 December 1922 - Lynn, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 9 September 1999 - Laguna Beach, California

3. Steve Cochran
Date of Birth: 25 May 1917 - Eureka, California
Date of Death: 15 June 1965 - Pacific Ocean (acute infectious edema)

4. Raymond Massey
Date of Birth: 30 August 1896 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 29 July 1983 - Los Angeles, California

the cast includes:
Gary Cooper ... Blayde Hollister
Ruth Roman ... Tonia Robles
Steve Cochran ... Bryant Marlow
Raymond Massey ... Will Marlow
Barbara Payton ... Flo
Leif Erickson ... U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby
Antonio Moreno ... Don Felipe Robles
Jerome Cowan ... Matt Coulter
Reed Hadley ... Wild Bill Hickok
Gil Donaldson ... Luis Robles
Monte Blue ... Tarrant County Sheriff
Roy Bucko ... Prisoner
Ben Corbett ... Bystander
Gene Evans ... Drunk in Saloon
Al Ferguson ... Springfield Citizen
Fred Graham ... Tough in Saloon
Cactus Mack ... Dallas Citizen
Zon Murray ... Longfellow Cullen Marlow
Buddy Roosevelt ... Springfield Citizen

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 --- If you're into the memories of B-Westerns with high drama, this is the one you've been anxiously waiting for --- please stand up and take a bow Western Classics --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 94 mins on DVD ~ Warner Bros. ~ (5/13/2003)

Check out some of the cast that always appeared in many
of our favorite Westerns.

Until our trails meet again,

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008, 5:37:32 AM PDT
J. Lovins says:
Frances A. Casey,

Sounds like a winner.

We have some of that when I show some of my old
B-Westerns and Serials at my house with the
neighbors and there family (Kids and Grandkids)
who have never seen a Republic Serial or '20s and
'30s B-Westerns.

But it's not on the big screen, only only my
Sony Monitor and Surround Sound.

But they get a big kick out of it just the same.

Until our trails meet again,

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008, 7:37:49 PM PDT
Hey, Mr. Jim - here's something to mull around: has anyone ever thought about doing a Wild West Show dinner theatre?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008, 12:05:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2008, 12:06:13 AM PDT

By the way I just saw DALLAS tonight with Gary Cooper and the very lovely Ruth Roman,1950. Raymond Massey and Steve Cochran are the bad guys,brothers who destroyed Cooper's character's family in a fire during the Civil War and Coop is out to find them.The core of the story is very serious,but the spirit of the movie has a light and fast-paced tone.Leif Erickson has a secondary role to Cooper as a U.S. Marshal,but he's not very impactful throughout the film.It's the dashing Cooper all the way.It's a WB movie,but feels like a Randy Scott Western.I thoroughly enjoyed it.It has a great Max Steiner score(it does not get much better than that).The riding and stunts are great.Do you know if it was Jock O.Mahoney who was performing those? Gary Cooper looked great in every costume,rides very well, and truly was a star in any vehicle.This is one of his westerns that I missed.I have been watching and reading westerns for over 55 years.I still enjoy them thoroughly.I plan to buy this movie from Amazon.


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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2008, 7:18:53 PM PDT
J. Lovins says:
Have a few posters, but not to the degree you have in your collection.

I have limited space, just enough for my music, DVD and Book collection.

Love books on many of the Cowboy Stars, Frederic Remington and
Charles Russell Western Art Books.

Also collect Western Art and Bronze of Remington and Russell.

Can never have enough of a good thing, keep us in the
loop of your thoughs on the sagebrush tales of yesteryear.

Mr. Jim from Missouri USA
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