Johnny Guitar (1954)

The 1950s is easily the decade where the Western thrived. Captured in expansive CinemaScope, the Wild West never looked wilder. But with so many cowpokes roaming the range it was only a matter of time before the range turned in on itself. The year before he took teen rebellion to the mainstream with Rebel Without…

Cowboy (1958)

The beginnings of the 1960s saw the sun set on the Western audiences were used to seeing. John Wayne going off to bring back Natalie Wood had only happened two years prior, but even by then the questions raised about the treatment of Native Americans and the growing revolution defining the new generation of the sixties…

Fridays With Yvonne De Carlo: Passion (1954)

Our last Friday With Yvonne De Carlo sees her starring in her most passionate project yet, entitled…..Passion! As with Frontier Gal (1945), De Carlo’s films placed generic plots in convenient genres demanding specific plot paths with the finished product feeling surprisingly fresh by emphasizing narrative over setting. Unfortunately, the plots are never executed nearly as…

Fridays With Yvonne De Carlo: Frontier Gal (1945)

Gazing at Frontier Gal’s opening credits might leave you thinking we’ve already reviewed this week’s film: a Charles Lamont-directed picture starring Yvonne De Carlo and Rod Cameron? Isn’t that Salome, Where She Danced? And put out the same year, no less? Released only eight months after De Carlo’s star-making performance, Lamont and crew gave her a bigger…

Annie Oakley (1935)

After the success of Baby Face, Barbara Stanwyck found herself increasingly dissatisfied with the films Warner Brothers cast her in. She broke out as a freelancer and did today’s film, Annie Oakley, for RKO. How bad could her WB films have been that she’d find this a better film? Despite the soon-to-be A-list talent of…