A Guide to Silent Westerns

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 577 pages
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This comprehensive film guide lists the screen credits and provides synopses of more than 5,400 silent western features, documentaries, shorts and serials released from the 1890s through 1930. Numerous one-, two- and three-reelers are included in this guide. These westerns came from both the major and lesser known American film studios, many long defunct.

The term western is hard to define; someone once commented that a western had to have a horse in it. The genre generally applies to that post-Civil War period beginning with the great cattle drives and ending around 1890. But the author has included tales about early California, Mexico, various Indian tribes along the Eastern seaboard, the building of the railroad, the gold rush of 1849 and the search for gold in the Yukon. Other films which seem to have less in common with the genre, such as northern westerns, are listed in a separate appendix.

 

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Contents

A
xxxi
B
14
C
64
D
100
E
128
F
134
G
163
H
188
Q
342
R
344
S
386
T
437
U
474
V
480
W
486
YZ
522

I
215
J
229
K
236
L
242
M
270
N
298
O
305
P
321
BIBLIOGRAPHY
527
Serials Included in the Guide
529
Northwestern Feature Films
530
Series and Their Stars
533
Silent Western Epics
534
INDEX
535
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Page ix - The rush of the wind that cuts your face . . . the pounding hooves of the pursuing posse. Out there in front, a fallen tree trunk that spans a yawning chasm, with a noble animal under you that takes it in the same low, ground-eating gallop. The harmless shots of the baffled ones that remain behind, and then, the clouds of dust through which comes the faint voice of the director— 'Okay, Bill, okay. Glad you made it. Great stuff, Bill, great stuff. And say, Bill, give old Fritz a pat on the nose...
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Page ix - ... work! King Baggot, my director, told me half-apologetically, that the first scenes would be taken at 5:30 AM I was there, made-up, mounted, and ready to go at five. While we waited for the rising sun, the morning was like a long, cool drink — the elixir of happiness. I love acting. I love the art of making motion pictures. It is the breath of life to me!

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LARRY LANGMAN is a film historian and writer, who has published extensively.

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