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 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 1:31 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Top list
1. The Naked Spur (1953) (Anthony Mann)

2. Bend of the River (1952) (Anthony Mann)

3. The Far Country (1954) (Anthony Mann)

4. The Man from Laramie (1955) (Anthony Mann)

5. Man of the West (1958) (Anthony Mann)

6. The Horse Soldiers (1959) (John Ford)

7. 3:10 to Yuma (1957) (Delmer Daves)

8. The Searchers (1956) (John Ford)

9. Vera Cruz (1954) (Robert Aldrich)

10. The Wonderful Country (1959) (Robert Parrish)


Second list
1. The Man from Alamo (1953) (Budd Boetticher)

2. Seven Men from Now (1956) (Budd Boetticher)

3. Track of the Cat (1954) (William Wellman)

4. Rio Bravo (1959) (Howard Hawks)

5. The Big Sky (1952) (Howard Hawks)

6. Hondo (1953) (John Wayne)

7. The Big Country (1958) (William Wyler)

8. The Bravados (1958) (Henry King)

9. Garden of Evil (1954) (Henry Hathaway)

10. Distant Drums (1951) (Raoul Walsh)


1950 List
1. Rio Grande (1950) (John Ford)

2. Winchester '73 (1950) (Anthony Mann)

3. The Gunfighter (1950) (Henry King)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:06 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)



Ahh The 50's. Now we're talkin'. I see you (righfully) listed many of Anthony Mann's great Westerns. You've left one out, however, his first, and in my opinion his best: 'Devil's Doorway'. If you haven't seen it, please do. It's available (significantly discounted at Amazon) from Warner Archives. I have just completed a review of it at the link below:


http://thecinemacafe.com/the-cinema-treasure-hunter/2014/7/15/inspecting-hidden-gem-19-devils-doorway#commentsWrapper=

Comments are most welcome.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:25 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

What....no HIGH NOON?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Ahh The 50's. Now we're talkin'. I see you (righfully) listed many of Anthony Mann's great Westerns. You've left one out, however, his first, and in my opinion his best: 'Devil's Doorway'. If you haven't seen it, please do. It's available (significantly discounted at Amazon) from Warner Archives. I have just completed a review of it at the link below:


http://thecinemacafe.com/the-cinema-treasure-hunter/2014/7/15/inspecting-hidden-gem-19-devils-doorway#commentsWrapper=

Comments are most welcome.


Oh, and I would also add 'The Tall T' and 'High Noon' to your list.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:31 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

What....no HIGH NOON?

Shane anyone?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I suppose the fifties is the big decade for western (but a lot of great westerns made in the sixties), this is not a best of, just my favourites:

Winchester '73 (1950) Antony Mann
Across The Wide Missouri (1951) William Wellman
Distant Drums (1951) Raoul Walsh
Bend Of The River (1952) Antony Mann
The Big Sky (1952) Howard Hawks
Broken Lance (1954) Edward Dmytryk
The Last Hunt (1956) Richard Brooks
The Last Wagon (1956) Delmer Davis
The Tall T (1957) Budd Boetticher
Ride Lonesome (1959) Budd Boetticher

...& no Searchers! The Garden Of Evil might have got in, but I've never seen it! I'll wait for a Blu release now, the first time I see it should be in HD.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 3:24 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

What....no HIGH NOON?


No, Mac. I don't like it. I'm a diehard Anthony Mann aficionado.
Anyway, draw your top 50's list.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 3:27 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Ahh The 50's. Now we're talkin'. I see you (righfully) listed many of Anthony Mann's great Westerns. You've left one out, however, his first, and in my opinion his best: 'Devil's Doorway'. If you haven't seen it, please do. It's available (significantly discounted at Amazon) from Warner Archives. I have just completed a review of it at the link below:


Comments are most welcome.


I know Devil's Doorway. It's a good and inspired Injun-related film shot in black and white.
I didn't include Apache by Robert Aldrich which was also about the Injun topic.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 3:31 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I forgot an odd one that I liked very much:
Rancho Notorious (1952) (Fritz Lang)

This one has a song used a narrative tool that links the whole film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

"Friendly Persuasion" (Zinnemann)

It might not qualify, but what is its genre?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 6:51 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

"Friendly Persuasion" (Zinnemann)

It might not qualify, but what is its genre?


It's a western film, alright.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

i can see where these threads are going... right into the arms of the Daddy - the 60s!!

however 50s provided reams and reams of decent watchable westerns.

many of which starred...you know who!! i will get the choir ready.


Wonderful country and big country get my vote. but just too many to list and credit.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

i can see where these threads are going... right into the arms of the Daddy - the 60s!!



Yup, I have my little list ready.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

The 1950s was the decade of the American western. So many classic, brilliant, inspired films. Here is my shortlist of the best westerns of the decade:

1960 The Unforgiven -- written by Alan LeMay, directed by John Huston.
1959 The Hanging Tree -- written by Dorothy M. Johnson, directed by Delmer Daves.
1958 The Wonderful Country -- directed by Robert Parrish.
1958 Ride Lonesome -- written by Burt Kennedy, directed by Budd Boetticher.
1957 3:10 to Yuma -- written by Elmore Leonard, directed by Delmer Daves.
1956 7 Men From Now -- written by Burt Kennedy, directed by Budd Boetticher.
1956 The Searchers -- written by Alan LeMay / Frank S. Nugent, directed by John Ford.
1955 The Man From Laramie -- directed by Anthony Mann.
1954 Track of the Cat -- directed by William A. Wellman.
1953 Shane -- written by Jack Schaefer / A.B. Guthrie , directed by George Stevens.
1953 The Naked Spur -- directed by Anthony Mann.
1953 Hondo 3-D -- written by Louis L'Amour, directed by John Farrow.
1952 Ride the Man Down -- written by Luke Short, directed by Joseph Kane.
1951 Viva Zapata! -- written by John Steinbeck, directed by Elia Kazan.
1951 High Noon -- written by Carl Foreman, directed by Fred Zinnemann.


More outstanding westerns of the 1950s:

1960 Sergeant Rutledge -- James Warner Bellah story directed by John Ford.
1960 Hellbent for Leather -- directed by George Sherman.
1960 Flaming Star -- directed by Don Siegel.
1960 Comanche Station -- written by Burt Kennedy, directed by Budd Boetticher.
1959 Warlock -- directed by Edward Dmytryk.
1959 The Last Train From Gun Hill -- directed by John Sturges.
1959 Day of the Outlaw -- directed by Andre de Toth.
1958 Tonka -- directed by Lewis R. Foster for Disney.
1958 Star In the Dust -- directed by Charles F. Haas.
1958 The Left-Handed Gun -- directed by Arthur Penn.
1958 The Law and Jake Wade -- directed by John Sturges.
1958 From Hell to Texas -- Henry Hathaway.
1958 Fort Dobbs -- written by Burt Kennedy, directed by Gordon Douglas.
1958 The Big Country -- directed by William Wyler.
1958 The Bravados -- directed by Henry King.
1957 The Tin Star -- directed by Anthony Mann.
1956 Reprisal! -- directed by George Sherman.
1956 Red Sundown -- directed by Jack Arnold.
1956 Man From Del Rio -- directed by Harry Horner.
1956 Giant -- Edna Ferber story directed by George Stevens.
1956 Bandido -- directed by Richard Fleischer.
1956 Backlash -- directed by John Sturges.
1955 The Last Command -- directed Frank Lloyd.
1954 The Outcast -- directed by William Witney.
1954 Masterson of Kansas -- directed by William Castle.
1954 Four Guns to the Border -- directed by actor Richard Carlson.
1954 Dawn at Socorro -- directed by George Sherman.
1953 Gun Fury 3-D -- directed by Raoul Walsh.
1953 The Charge at Feather River 3-D -- directed by Gordon Douglas.
1952 Rancho Notorious -- directed by Fritz Lang.
1952 The Lusty Men -- directed by Robert Parrish.
1952 The Big Sky -- directed by Howard Hawks.
1952 Bend of the River -- directed by Anthony Mann.
1951 Westward the Women -- directed by William A. Wellman.
1951 Apache Drums -- produced by Val Lewton, directed by Hugo Fregonese.
1951 Along the Great Divide -- directed by Raoul Walsh.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'll just list my very favorites from that decade.

The Hanging Tree (Filmed a short distance from my home.)
The Big Country
Shane
The Searchers
High Noon.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I haven't seen Delmer Davies' Jubal mentioned here. I find it quite excellent and magnificently photographed.

Otherwise George Stevens is my favorite director in this genre for the 1950s. Shane and - although it's modern and not really an example of the genre - the great Texas saga Giant.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

I love "Giant" - a great big ball of cheese and absolutely wonderful!! Stevens was one of my favourite directors (particularly the screwball "Talk of the Town"!!!).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

So many great movies, with so many great scores. I'm very happy to see BEND OF THE RIVER getting attention right out of the starting gate from the very first post.

Hans told me that at the gala premiere he and Mrs. Salter happened to sit behind Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stewart. At the film's conclusion, the Salters overheard the Stewarts agreeing with each other that the musical score had been a big plus...

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

A really fine and overlooked little film is THE SUNDOWNERS (not the Mictchum/Kerr film) which was made in 1950; Robert Preston is wonderful in it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2014 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Another western film that nobody mentioned:
Johnny Guitar (1954) (Nicholas Ray)

 
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