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Westerns From The 50s

Toby
The list author says: "I'm researching and writing a book called "50 Westerns From The 50s." What it's about is pretty obvious, but you can find out more about it at www.fiftieswesterns.com.

In the meantime, I thought I'd highlight some of the better Westerns from the decade currently available on DVD. Arranged more or less in chronological order."
Wagon Master
Wagon Master
"A deceptively simple film. You'll find something brilliant in it every time you see it."
James Stewart: The Western Collection (Destry Rides Again / Winchester 73 / Bend of the River / The Far Country / Night Passage / The Rare Breed)
James Stewart: The Western Collection (Destry Rides Again / Winchester 73 / Bend of the River / The Far Country / Night Passage / The Rare Breed)
"This gives you three of the five terrific Westerns Stewart made with Anthony Mann — the other two, 'Naked Spur" and "The Man From Laramie" are below."
Man in the Saddle
Man in the Saddle
"The first Randolph Scott Western directed by Andre de Toth. And probably the best."
Bells of Coronado
Bells of Coronado
"Most Roy Rogers DVDs are terrible. This one's uncut, in color and very good."
Rancho Notorious
Rancho Notorious
"Fritz Lang working for Howard Hughes, directing Marlene Dietrich in a film with the original title 'Chuck-A-Luck.' Sound interesting?"
Son of Paleface
Son of Paleface
"Brilliant Western spoof directed by Frank Tashlin. Bob Hope's co-stars are Jane Russell and Roy Rogers (and Trigger). Hilarious."
The Naked Spur
The Naked Spur
"Another tough Stewart-Mann Western. You can't go wrong with those guys."
Hangman's Knot
Hangman's Knot
"Terrific Western, with a good early role for Lee Marvin. Makes good use of Lone Pine."
Gun Fury
Gun Fury
"Directed by the mighty Raoul Walsh, who shot it in Sedona in 3-D. (Coffee Pot Rock has as almost much screen time as Donna Reed — and it's hard to decide which is prettier.)"
Gene Autry: Last of the Pony Riders
Gene Autry: Last of the Pony Riders
"Gene Autry's last picture before heading to TV for good."
Hondo (Full Screen)
Hondo (Full Screen)
"This used to be hard to find, so this DVD release was a real treat. Wonder if they'll ever get around to a 3-D version?"
The Command
The Command
"Guy Madison stars in the first CinemaScope Western. James Whitmore is terrific."
Silver Lode - Special Edition
Silver Lode - Special Edition
"Excellent McCarthy-era Western directed by Allan Dwan — deserving of far more attention that it gets. The old DVD was nice, this one's even better."
Stranger On Horseback
Stranger On Horseback
"This excellent little picture (only 66 minutes long), directed by Jacques Tourneur, used to be almost impossible to find. Transferred from a 35mm print found at the British Film Institute."
Rage at Dawn
Rage at Dawn
"Good Scott picture. Widescreen (1.85:1) from a Technicolor print."
Wichita
Wichita
"Another Joel McCrea - Jacques Tourneur collaboration. And this one's as good as the last."
Darn Good Westerns Volume 2: Shotgun, Massacre, Three Desparate Men, Deputy Marshal, Outlaw Women, and Four Fast Guns
Darn Good Westerns Volume 2: Shotgun, Massacre, Three Desparate Men, Deputy Marshal, Outlaw Women, and Four Fast Guns
"Shotgun (1955) is a good Sterling Hayden picture, costarring Yvonne De Carlo. Four Fast Guns (1959) is a widescreen B Western originally released by Universal. All six films look good. A nice set."
Tennessee's Partner Widescreen Edition
Tennessee's Partner Widescreen Edition
"Nice widescreen transfer gets close to what this looked like in Superscope. John Alton's cinematography is astounding."
The Man from Laramie
The Man from Laramie
"The last of the Mann-Stewart Westerns. I love Arthur Kennedy in this one. (Wait, I love Arthur Kennedy in anything.)"
The Searchers [Blu-ray]
The Searchers [Blu-ray]
"One of the greatest films ever. Period."
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
"Feature version of the TV series. In WarnerColor! VCI did a great job with this one — it looks perfect."
7 Men from Now (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)
7 Men from Now (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)
"The best movie Randolph Scott ever made (and yes, I've seen 'Ride The High Country'). The first of what we now call the Ranown Series, starring Scott, written (often) by Burt Kennedy and directed by Budd Boetticher."
The Films of Budd Boetticher (Tall T / Decision at Sundown / Buchanan Rides Alone / Ride Lonesome / Comanche Station)
The Films of Budd Boetticher (Tall T / Decision at Sundown / Buchanan Rides Alone / Ride Lonesome / Comanche Station)
"The rest of the Ranown Series (we won't worry about 'Westbound'). This set gives these films the attention they deserve."
Forty Guns
Forty Guns
"The kind of Western you'd expect from Sam Fuller. The opening sequence must've been incredible on the big CinemaScope screen."
True Story of Jesse James, The
True Story of Jesse James, The
"The studio took this away from Nicholas Ray and mangled it. But there's enough of Ray's brilliance left — and his incredible use of CinemaScope — to make it well worth your time (and money)."
Quantez
Quantez
"Tough, tight picture with an excellent performance from MacMurray."
Black Patch
Black Patch
"Oddball Western starring and produced by George Montgomery."
Buckskin Lady
Buckskin Lady
"Patricia Medina stars. Hank Worden's in it. I have to admit I haven't seen this one, but I'll remedy that situation very soon. Who knows what this Alpha DVD looks like? At least it's cheap."
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral/Last Train from Gun Hill
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral/Last Train from Gun Hill
"These played as a double feature back in the late 50s. Both star Kirk Douglas. Both were directed by John Sturges. Both are excellent."
The Big Country [Blu-ray]
The Big Country [Blu-ray]
"The big movie for people who don't like big movies. Gorgeous cinematography, brilliant score, terrific performances, incredible transfer, great price. Just buy it already."
The Bravados
The Bravados
"This picture really packs a wallop. Gregory Peck is excellent."
Man of the West
Man of the West
"Maybe the most brutal and violent Western of the 50s, topping Mann's 'The Man From Laramie.' In this one, Jack Lord is one of the slimiest, vilest freaks in Filmdom."
Fort Dobbs   [Remaster]
Fort Dobbs [Remaster]
"Very tough Western with great cast. Great script by Burt Kennedy. Good direction by Gordon Douglas."
Rio Bravo [Blu-ray]
Rio Bravo [Blu-ray]
"Not the greatest Western ever made, but far and away my favorite. Essential. Also available as a standard DVD."
No Name on the Bullet
No Name on the Bullet
"A superior Audie Murphy picture that makes good use of his strengths. Written by Gene L. Coon (the original 'Star Trek' series) and directed by the great Jack Arnold."
Terror in a Texas Town
Terror in a Texas Town
"Director Joseph H. Lewis' last film — and he really went out on a high (and weird) note. The final showdown, as Hayden faces off against a gunslinger armed with a harpoon, is something you may never see again. Highly recommended."
The Gunfight at Dodge City
The Gunfight at Dodge City
"Joel McCrea. Julie Adams. CinemaScope. Even Timothy Carey. Why haven't you hit 'Add To Cart?'"
The Day of the Outlaw
The Day of the Outlaw
"This film doesn't get near the recognition it deserves. The incredible black and white photography captures the feel of a bitter winter."
The Horse Soldiers [Blu-ray]
The Horse Soldiers [Blu-ray]
"Nice Blu-ray of a Ford film that deserves re-evaluation. The standard DVD looked terrible."
One-Eyed Jacks [Slim Case]
One-Eyed Jacks [Slim Case]
"Thanks to Brando's many delays, this 50s Western didn't hit theaters till 1961. It's brilliant. Of the many public domain DVDs of this, this one's the best."