Special Sub-Topic: Movies About the Wild, Wild West
|My absolute favorite of all westerns starred the Keach, Carradine and Quaid brothers. As you brush away the tumbling tumbleweeds can you name the title of this film?|
The Long Riders. "The Long Riders" (1980) portrayed the forming, the running, the murderous exploits and the eventual downfall of the James gang. The film was directed by Walter Hill. The cast was made up of James Keach as Jesse James, Stacy Keach as Frank James, David Carradine as Cole Younger, Robert Carradine as Bob Younger, Keith Carradine as James Younger, Dennis Quaid as Ed Miller and Randy Quaid as Clell Miller.
The movie had a very different and sympathetic view of the lives of the James-Younger gang of bank robbers.
Surprisingly the film also included Robert Carradine's daughter Ever. Also in the film was James Keach's son Kalen, who played the role of Jesse James as a child.
This amazing cast of actors also included another set of brothers. Christopher Guest played the role of Charley Ford and Nicholas Guest played the role of Robert Ford. Robert Ford, who was also a member of the James-Younger gang, is known as the man who shot and killed Jesse James.
|Pick out a pony and let's ride over to the script of the 1965 Clint Eastwood film, in which he played a character named Monco. You get the best horse if you guess the right film!|
For a Few Dollars More. The character that Clint Eastwood played in "For a Few Dollars More" (1965) was named Monco. The story surrounds itself around bounty killers Monco (Clint Eastwood) and Col. Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef). They are both searching for the same man, El Indio (Gian Maria Volonte). One bounty hunter is after revenge while the other is clearly after the money.
|While we sit around the campfire let's see if you know the name of a 1969 movie in which the character, Mattie Ross, seeks the help of a rather rough-nosed and drunken U.S. Texas Ranger to find her father's killer. What's the name of the film? |
True Grit. John Wayne played the role of Marshall Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn in "True Grit" (1969). Kim Darby, as Mattie Ross, convinces "Rooster" to track down the man who murdered her father. In search of the same killer, Texas Ranger, La Boeuf (Glen Campbell) joins them in the hunt. This film was directed by Henry Hathaway.
|Pack up your saddle bags as we head out in search of a movie that Marlon Brando directed. In this movie the character known as Sheriff Dad Longworth is a bank robber before he becomes a sheriff. Can you name this 1961 movie?|
One-Eyed Jacks. "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961), stars Marlon Brando in the role of Rio, who is Longworth's partner in crime. Sheriff Longworth, played by Karl Malden, lets Rio take the fall for some bank robberies and winds up in prison. Longworth fears the return of his past bank robbing partner. Years later, when Rio escapes from prison, he hunts Sheriff Longworth down. Finally a shootout takes place and one of the two gets shot and dies.
|Listen to the jingle jangle of our spurs as we mosey over to the set of "Shane" (1953). Let's see if we can find the actor who played the role of Shane. Who is it?|
Alan Ladd. Actor Alan Ladd, played the role of Shane in the 1953 film "Shane". Shane, a tired gunfighter, decided to try to settle down with a family but ends up with conflicting views when opposed by an angry rancher named Ryker (Emile Meyer). George Stevens directed "Shane".
Alan Ladd (September 3, 1913 to January 29, 1964) has been in such films as "The Carpetbaggers" (1964), "Guns of the Timberland" (1960) and "The Great Gatsby" (1949), just to name a few of his accomplishments. Alan Ladd has a Star on the Walk of Fame.
|Time to get a room at the inn and have a nice relaxing soak in the tub. While we do that I challenge you to come up with the name of the popular actor who played the role of Gil Carter in "The Ox-bow Incident" (1943)?
Henry Fonda. Henry Fonda was the lead character in "The Ox-bow Incident" (1943), playing the character of Gil Carter. He and Art Croft (Harry Morgan) are drifters who ride into Bridger's Wells. Eventually they become part of a posse to track down and capture some cattle rustlers who also murdered Larry Kinkaid, a farmer in the area.
Henry Fonda (May 16, 1905 to August 12, 1982) is well remembered for his role as Norman Thayer Jr. in "On Golden Pond" (1981). He has played countless roles in many movies including "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (1936) and "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940). His daughter, Jane Fonda, accepted his Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar Award (1982) for his role in "On Golden Pond", on his behalf.
|This is the perfect time to head over to the saloon for a drink. We can talk about "Cat Ballou" (1965), my favorite comedy western. Which actor is known for his role as Kid Shelleen? |
Lee Marvin. Lee Marvin played the role of Kid Shelleen in "Cat Ballou" (1965), with Jane Fonda in the role of Cat Ballou. With the building of the railroad, Cat's farm is threatened so she sends for Kid Shelleen, a drunken gunfighter. Lee Marvin is well remembered for this role as he would somehow manage to ride his horse, sideways, while very drunk.
Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 to August 29, 1987) was a star of action and drama. He is known for his role as Major Reisman in "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), Ben Rumson in "Paint Your Wagon" (1969) and Colonel Nick Alexnder in "The Delta Force" (1986).
|Deal the cards, we'll play a few hands of poker. The first bet is that you don't know the name of the character played by Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven" (1992). Do you?|
William Munny. "Unforgiven" (1992) stars Clint Eastwood as a retired gunslinger who takes on a final job. Clint Eastwood's role is that of William "Bill" Munny, a retired bounty hunter. He settles down and has a happy marriage with two children, until his wife dies and he is faced with growing older, tending his farm alone and raising his children. Munny becomes tired of this life, calls on his old friend Ned Logan and heads out to kill once again.
|Keep that gun in your holster, no need to get upset about this 1974 comedy western directed by Mel Brooks. Some of the cast included Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little and Slim Pickens. Name that film!
Blazing Saddles. "Blazing Saddles" (1974) was a comedy western directed by Mel Brooks. A town, filled with people with the surname Johnson, is in the way of the railroad construction. The town sheriff is killed and a new sheriff is sent to replace him. The sheriff, Bart, played by Cleavon Little doesn't quite fit in with the townsfolk so it takes a while for him to be accepted. The antics and comedy poke fun at all sorts of epithets (names like "Richard the Lion-Hearted") and stereotypes.
|It's been a long day, so let's chow down on one more bite of trivia. Which breed of horse is the name of a 2008 movie starring Jeremy Irons, Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen?|
Appaloosa. "Appaloosa" (2008) was directed by Ed Harris. The movie is about a pair of lawmen who are hired to act as the town of Appaloosa's marshal and deputy. A rancher and his thugs kill three local lawmen so the pair set out to arrest, try and hang him. A widow comes to town, causing love and jealousy to get in the way.
Jeremy Irons plays the role of bad guy Randall Bragg. Ed Harris plays the part of Virgil Cole, the marshal and Viggo Mortensen plays the part of Everett Hitch, the deputy, in this dramatic western.
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