Western

Howard Higgin & Tom Buckingham – The Painted Desert (1931)

Synopsis:
Western pardners Jeff and Cash find a baby boy in an otherwise deserted emigrants’ camp, and clash over which is to be “father.” They are still bitterly feuding years later when they own adjacent ranches. Bill, the foundling whom Cash has raised to young manhood, wants to end the feud and extends an olive branch toward Jeff, who now has a lovely daughter. But during a mining venture, the bitterness escalates. Is Bill to be set against his own adoptive father? Read More »

Ray Milland – A Man Alone (1955)

Synopsis:
A gunfighter, stranded in the desert, comes across the aftermath of a stage robbery, in which all the passengers were killed. He takes one of the horses to ride to town to report the massacre, but finds himself accused of it. He also finds himself accused of the murder of the local banker, and winds up hiding in the basement of a house where the local sheriff, who is very sick, lives with his daughter. Read More »

Jacques Tourneur – Way of a Gaucho (1952)

Synopsis:
Set in the Argentina of about 1875 in which a customary punishment for killing was a sentence to army service. A young gaucho deserts his army sentence and becomes a bandit leader and also gets his sweetheart pregnant. Seeing the futility of his ways, he takes her to a church to be married prior to surrendering himself back to the army. Read More »

Walter Hill – The Long Riders (1980)

Walter Hill’s first attempt at revisiting the history of the West… Here he retells the story of the James brothers in their raids with the Younger brothers without the romantic aura of the films of Henry King and Nicholas Ray. The parts of the brothers are played by the Carradine brothers and the Keach brothers (who also co-produced and co-scripted the movie) Read More »

Roland Klick – Deadlock [+ Extras] (1970)

A young man stumbles through the Mexican Sierra, shot and half bled to death, carrying a suitcase containing the loot from a bank robbery. Passing out, he is found by Charles Dump, a former gold miner living on the outskirts of a ghost town with his daughter. Read More »

Gianfranco Parolini – Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte AKA If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968)

Synopsis:
After a stagecoach is robbed and the passengers murdered, a long and tangled series of surprise attacks a murderous double-crosses leaves the coach’s strongbox in the hands of the killer Lasky. It is up to the legendary hero Sartana to track down the missing money and determine just who is ultimately behind the grisly robberies and killings. Read More »

Robert N. Bradbury – Westward Ho (1935)

Westward Ho begins as hero John Wyatt (John Wayne) vows to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of cattle rustlers. Years later, Wyatt is put in charge of a band of vigilantes, bent on rounding up a gang of outlaws. He discovers to his chagrin that one of the bandits is his own long-lost brother (Frank McGlynn Jr.) This revelation eventually leads our hero to the men responsible for the slaughter of his family. Gorgeous location photography by Archie J. Stout is the film’s main asset. Though released by Republic, Westward Ho is closer in spirit to John Wayne’s previous “Lone Star” series for Monogram — and small wonder, since it was originally intended to be part of that series. Read More »