Back in the Saddle: Essays on Western Film and Television Actors

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Gary A. Yoggy
McFarland, Sep 1, 1998 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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The western is one of the most popular genres in American film history, and some estimate more than 20,000 of them have been produced. Its popular portrayal of the American West, as a place where good and evil are clearly defined, created heroes that are still among the most respected and remembered in film history. Writers Lane Roth and Tom W. Hoffer, William E. Tydeman III, R. Philip Loy, Gary Kramer, Raymond E. White, Michael K. Schoenecke, Sandra Schackel, Jacqueline K. Greb, Jim Collins, Richard Robertson, and Gary Yoggy each contributed an essay, focusing on the performances of some of the most famous of Hollywood's leading cowboys and cowgirls. Analyses of the works of G.M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, Tom Mix, Buck Jones, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers, James Stewart, Barbara Stanwyck, Steve McQueen, and James Arness are included. James Drury of The Virginian relates his firsthand experiences of movie making by way of introducing this collection.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
5
THE FIRST
11
KING OF THE HOLLYWOOD COWBOYS
25
AN OLDTIME COWBOY
43
AMERICAS MOST BELOVED COWBOY
59
AN AMERICAN ICON
77
AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL
97
UNCOMMON HEROINE
113
WILL THE REAL INDIANS PLEASE STAND
129
FACES WITHOUT NAMES
145
STEVE MCQUEEN AND THE LAST WESTERN
161
TELEVISIONS QUINTESSENTIAL
177
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
201
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Award-winning author Gary A. Yoggy is professor emeritus of history at Corning Community College in New York. He is also the author of the huge Riding the Video Range: The Rise and Fall of the Western on Television (1995, republished in paperback, 2008).

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