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Back in the saddle : essays on Western film and television actors
Yoggy, Gary A.
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1998]

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vii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction / Archie P. McDonald -- G.M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson : the first movie cowboy hero / Lane Roth and Tom W. Hoffer -- Tom Mix : king of the Hollywood cowboys / William E. Tudeman III -- Buck Jones : an old-time cowboy / R. Philip Loy -- Tex Ritter : America's most beloved cowboy / Gary Kramer -- Roy Rigers : an American icon / Raymond E. White -- James M. Stewart : an American original / Michael K. Schoenecke -- Barbara Stanwyck : uncommon heroine / Sandra Schackel -- Will the real Indian please stand up? / Jacqueline K. Greb -- Faces without names / Jim Collins -- Steve McQueen and the last western / Richard Robertson -- James Arness : television's quintessential western hero / Gary A. Yoggy.
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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.

Author Notes

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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Library Journal Review

The recent deaths of cowboy stars Roy Rogers and Gene Autry have refocused attention on the once thriving Hollywood Western. Despite an unfortunate similarity in titles, these two books cover somewhat different ground. Back in the Saddle consists of biographical essays on film and TV Western stars, including early favorites "Bronco Billy" Anderson, Buck Jones, and Tom Mix, singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter, the Western work of film greats Jimmy Stewart and Steve McQueen, plus a look at the enduring popularity of the TV series Gunsmoke and its star, James Arness. There are also chapters on Western character actors and a review of the increasing importance of Native American actors. Back in the Saddle Again examines the rise, fall, and limited rebirth of the Western's popularity with world film audiences. Despite excessively academic titles, some of these essays will interest general readers. Subjects include John Ford's use of Monument Valley locations, brief histories of TV Westerns and singing cowboy films, the changing portrayal of General Custer in Hollywood films, and a critique of little-known German-made Westerns of the 1960s. Most books on Hollywood Westerns are now out of date or out of print. Though neither book is comprehensive, the first should fill some gaps in public library collections while the second should be considered as a supplementary source for academic libraries only.‘Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.