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Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000)

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This documentary traces the history of the B-Western from it's silent movie origins to its demise in the early 1950s. The film contains a large number of scenes from early silents and ... See full summary »

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This documentary traces the history of the B-Western from it's silent movie origins to its demise in the early 1950s. The film contains a large number of scenes from early silents and seldom seen films, as well as old photographs of the stars and one-sheet advertisements for lost films. Written by Anonymous

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Narrator: The Great American West before the turn of the century, or more specifically, the Great American West as Hollywood portrayed it in hundreds of films, will forever be indelibly etched in our minds. The Saturday matinee shoot-em-ups represented the innocent fun in a bygone era when everyone went to the movies and most of those who went loved Westerns, especially those early B-Westerns that Hollywood cranked out by the hundreds. Today names like Bronco Billy Anderson, William S. Hart,...
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Could have been a lot better
1 June 2006 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

There's much to commend in this broad overview of the western genre. The documentary features generous selections from some fairly obscure films, and also spends a goodly portion of its running time telling the stories of forgotten and nearly forgotten western stars--as well as more well known thespians such as Gary Cooper and John Wayne. This catholic approach to the genre is, however, a double edged sword: the film is too broad and tries to accomplish far too much in its 95 minute running time. Other problems include the completely bloodless narration of Dave Mann, which could lull an insomniac to sleep, and the bizarre decision to tint certain film segments an odd burnt orange. Overall, this is recommended viewing for hardcore oater enthusiasts, but falls well short of greatness.


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