Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Movie Meme: Westerns

This week's theme is Westerns. Be sure to link back to The Bumbles and don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

My dad was big on westerns and WWII movies, so this was a pretty east one for me. Here are a few titles that immediately came to mind:

Stagecoach (1039, John Wayne); A simple stagecoach trip is complicated by the fact that Geronimo is on the warpath in the area.

High Noon (1952, Gary Cooper); A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962; John Wayne, James Stewart); A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

Maverick (1994; Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner); Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Tombstone (1993; Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton); A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Cat Ballou (1965; Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin); A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects.

How the West Was Won (1962; Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck); A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

City Slickers and City Slickers II (1991/1994 ; Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, Daniel Stern, Jack Palance); Business men spend their vacation learning how to work a ranch and drive cattle. In the sequel, they return in search of Curly's gold. The first movie will be on TVLand this coming Saturday.


Unknown said...

"High Noon" was one of the great morality tales. Great list!

kayerj said...

I loved Maverik. You've got a great list here.

Heather said...

Thanks Boliyou and Kaye! Naturally I have thought of several more since posting this. Might have to keep it in mind for a futute Thursday Thirteen. lol

The Gal Herself said...

Cat Ballou! The thing I remember best about that is Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye wandering in and out, singing. That was no neat.

Heather G. said...

City Slickers and Maverik just great!!

Heather said...

Gal - That's what I always remembered most about the movie, too!

hmsgofita - Classic western comedies, aren't they? *g*

Terry Kate said...

I love me some John Wayne!
Great list and enjoyable films!
So glad found your blog!
Terry Kate
Romance in the Backseat

Heather said...

Thanks, Terry Kate - glad you enjoyed your visit!