Author Archives: Laura Grieve

Western RoundUp: “B” Western Actresses, Part 2

Western RoundUp: “B” Western Actresses, Part 2 – Marjorie Reynolds, Lola Lane, and Anne Jeffreys Earlier this year I celebrated my love for “B” Westerns with a column focusing on the work of three favorite actresses who worked in the “B’s” early in their career. … Continue reading

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Western Roundup: Western Film Book Library

Western Roundup: Western Film Book Library I love to watch Westerns, and I also love to read about them! A variety of books helped make me the classic film and Western fan that I am today. In this column, I’ll … Continue reading

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Western Roundup: McCrea Ranch

Western Roundup: McCrea Ranch Joel McCrea has been one of my favorite actors since I was a teenaged classic film fan, and in the ensuing decades my admiration for Joel, as both an actor and a person, has only deepened. … Continue reading

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Western RoundUp: Western Stars in The Military

Western RoundUp: Western Stars in The Military With Memorial Day being celebrated this month and thoughts turning to those who have served our nation in the armed forces, I’d like to pay tribute to several Western stars and directors who … Continue reading

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Western Roundup: TCMFF and Winchester ’73

Western Roundup: TCMFF and Winchester ’73 The 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival, also known as TCMFF, recently took place in Hollywood, California. It was my eighth time to attend the festival, which ran from April 11th through 14th, 2019. … Continue reading

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Western RoundUp: “B” Western Actresses of the ’30s

Western RoundUp: “B” Western Actresses of the ’30s One of my favorite ways to spend a weekend is with a stack of “B” Westerns. For me these films are “movie comfort food,” and there’s also a definite “thrill of the … Continue reading

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Western Roundup: Unexpected Western Leads

Western Roundup: Unexpected Western Leads There are many wonderful actors we associate with Westerns, from John Wayne and Randolph Scott to Tim Holt and William Boyd, and too many others to name here. Beyond those familiar names, occasionally actors not … Continue reading

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Western Roundup: Canyon Passage and The Autry

Western Roundup: Canyon Passage and The Autry Canyon Passage (1946) Movie Poster Classic film fans in Southern California are fortunate to have a wide variety of opportunities to see classic films, including Westerns, on a big screen. I recently had … Continue reading

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Western RoundUp: A Trio of Wyatt Earp Westerns

Western RoundUp: A Trio of Wyatt Earp Westerns Real-life Western lawman Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) has been portrayed in countless films over the years. The stories always take a fair amount of dramatic license, but Earp’s legend was such that his … Continue reading

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Western RoundUp: Christmas in the West

  Christmas in the West In the 1951 Christmas standard “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” composer Meredith Willson pays tribute to the popularity of Westerns in that era with the line “A pair of Hopalong boots and … Continue reading

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