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Movie Review: Trail End

Barry Corbin stars in this 2007 movie. In truth, Barry’s just about the only one of any consequence in this 25-minute film. In the spirit of full disclosure, Barry is a friend of mine, and I only heard of this film for the first time when he was kind enough to give it to me.

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Movie Review: Hondo

1953’s “Hondo,” directed by John Farrow, is one of those fantastic pairings where both the book (“Hondo” by Louis L’Amour) and the movie (John Wayne) are spectacular. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s a treat. This one even took an interesting detour. “The Gift of Cochise” was a Louis L’Amour short story

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Book Review: The Shootist

Glendon Swarthout’s 1975 novel, “The Shootist,” is a terrific book that takes place in El Paso, Texas, at the turn of the 20th century. John Bernard (J.B.) Books is the last surviving of the best-known 19th century gunfighters. He travels to El Paso where his worst fears are confirmed by a town doctor. He has

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PORT HAZARD

The book I’m reviewing today, “Port Hazard,” was written in 2004 by Loren Estleman. It is Estleman’s seventh book in his “Page Murdock” series. If you’re a regular reader of Westerns, the name will be familiar, and if you’re a regular reader of my blog, it will also be familiar — since he was the

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Book Review: True Grit

Charles Portis’ 1968 novel, “True Grit,” is a story that many of us know, probably more as a result of two very popular movies than of the actual book itself. However, the book is well worth reading independently of the movies. It, along with “Lonesome Dove” and “The Cowboy and the Cossack” make up my

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Book Review: The Cherokee Trail

I’ve been using this forum to introduce myself, and hopefully you, to new movies and new books, and I’ve enjoyed the journey. But sometimes, it’s good to go back to old Western favorites, and for me, that usually means Louis L’Amour. I have the complete Louis L’Amour leatherette collection, which I love. Last week, it

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Movie Review: Stagecoach

Let me just get this out of the way, right away. I am 61 years old and not once in those 61 years have I ever looked as cool as John Wayne does in this black and white photo. “Stagecoach” is a 1939, John Ford directed monster. It’s Wayne’s breakout role and early enough in

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Movie Review: True Grit

“I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.” “Fill your hands you son of a bitch!” “True Grit” is quite simply just a heck of a fun movie to watch. It was released only one year after Charles Portis’ book by the same name and close to the end of John Wayne’s long

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