The Old West in Fact and Film: History Versus Hollywood (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Nov 1, 2012 - Performing Arts - 266 pages
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For many years, movie audiences have carried on a love affair with the American West, believing Westerns are escapist entertainment of the best kind, harkening back to the days of the frontier. This work compares the reality of the Old West to its portrayal in movies, taking an historical approach to its consideration of the cowboys, Indians, gunmen, lawmen and others who populated the Old West in real life and on the silver screen. Starting with the Westerns of the early 1900s, it follows the evolution in look, style, and content as the films matured from short vignettes of good-versus-bad into modern plots.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Chronology
5
One Setting the Stage
9
Two Cowboys and Their Cows
27
Three The Magic Begins
46
Four Flickering Images or How Did They Do That?
66
Five Location Location Location
83
Six Our Cowboy Heroes
105
Ten Enforcers of the Law
177
Eleven From Lacy to Racy Wine Wimmen and Song
193
Twelve The Boys in Blue
209
Postscript
229
Who Does What? A Brief Tour Behind the Camera
231
Cowboy Action Shooting
235
Filmography
237
Chapter Notes
244

Seven I see by your out fit
123
Eight Firepower
141
Nine Itchy Trigger Fingers
159

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About the author (2012)

Jeremy Agnew is a consultant in the field of biomedical electronics. He has written numerous books on the Old West.

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