A one-family documentary from Elmo Williams and his wife Lorraine. The former, who won an Academy Award for his editing of "High Noon", co-produced, directed, edited and photographed (... See full summary »

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Lawrence Dobkin ...
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A one-family documentary from Elmo Williams and his wife Lorraine. The former, who won an Academy Award for his editing of "High Noon", co-produced, directed, edited and photographed (probaly not the camera operator) it from a script by wife Lorraine Williams, who also co-wrote the three songs used. Filmed in part in all of the western states of the United States and using real cowboys, ranging in age from 'teens to their eighties, Williams examines every aspect of the jobs of the working cowboys across the years from the first ranching empires to the present day. No movie cowboys here, other than Tex Ritter as one of the narrators. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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28 May 1954 (USA)  »

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$53,000 (estimated)
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Dodge City Trail
Written by Lorraine Williams and Axel Johnson
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Engrossing study of cowboy life.
19 September 2005 | by (Las Cruces, NM) – See all my reviews

Oscar winning film editor Elmo Williams came to Deming, NM to film THE TALL TEXAN. While there he met some authentic cowboys and used them as extras in the film. After finishing TEXAN he managed to get some 35mm color film and directed and edited this Document. Then he sold it to Lippert Pictures, the theatrical distributor of TEXAN, and it got a significant play around the country. It features old timers who came west in the 1880's, and youngsters alike. In a nutshell, it is a very interesting study of cowboy life that is beautifully photographed, scored and narrated. I felt kind of melancholy when it was over realizing that the life as set forth in this film is just about gone forever.


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