Cattle Annie And Little Britches
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Based on the lives of two adolescent girls in the late 19th century who became infatuated with the Western outlaw heroes they had read about in Ned Buntline's stories and left their homes to join them. The outlaws the girls find are the demoralised remnants of the Doolin-Dalton gang, led by the aging Bill Doolin. Annie shames, and inspires the men, to become what she had imagined them to be. The younger sister Jenny finds a father figure in Doolin, who calls her Little Britches. Doolin's efforts to live up to the girls' vision of him lead him to be carted off in a cage to an Oklahoma jail where he waits to be hanged.
"An all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West . . . and that's exactly what Melissa Lenhardt delivers in her unapologetically badass western, Heresy." - New York Times "Lenhardt has created a bold new story where women have taken their rightful place in the narrative of the Outlaw Western genre; where wit, wisdom and wiles could mean the difference between life and death, and where the fellowship of women bested every challenge." - Kathleen Kent Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour never intended to turn outlaw. After being run off their ranch by a greedy cattleman, their family is left destitute. As women alone they have few choices: marriage, lying on their backs for money, or holding a gun. For Margaret and Hattie the choice is simple. With their small makeshift family, the gang pulls off a series of heists across the West. Though the newspapers refuse to give the female gang credit, their exploits don't go unnoticed. Pinkertons are on their trail, a rival male gang is determined to destroy them, and secrets among the group threaten to tear them apart. Now, Margaret and Hattie must find a way to protect their family, finish one last job, and avoid the hangman's noose. "Readers who relish an unusual narrative structure will enjoy this unique take on the traditional western." - Booklist For more from Melissa Lenhardt, check out: The Sawbones SeriesSawbonesBlood OathBadlands
Westerns may have had their heyday, but they remain popular. The greatest films from 1914, when The Squaw Man and The Virginian were among the genre’s best, through 2001, when American Outlaws and Texas Rangers were tops, are the subject of this work. For each year, the author names the outstanding western films in the following categories: picture, screenplay (original and adaptation), direction, cinematography, music, male and female leading roles, and male and female supporting roles. Also for each year, the author lists the westerns that received Academy Award nominations (and those that won), makes note of the births and deaths of notable actors, directors, producers, composers, cinematographers, authors and other such personalities, and describes the genre’s significant achievements.
Orson Welles called Ernst Lubitsch (1892–1947) “a giant” whose “talent and originality are stupefying.” Jean Renoir said, “He invented the modern Hollywood.” Celebrated for his distinct style and credited with inventing the classic genre of the Hollywood romantic comedy and helping to create the musical, Lubitsch won the admiration of his fellow directors, including Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder, whose office featured a sign on the wall asking, “How would Lubitsch do it?” Despite the high esteem in which Lubitsch is held, as well as his unique status as a leading filmmaker in both Germany and the United States, today he seldom receives the critical attention accorded other major directors of his era. How Did Lubitsch Do It? restores Lubitsch to his former stature in the world of cinema. Joseph McBride analyzes Lubitsch’s films in rich detail in the first in-depth critical study to consider the full scope of his work and its evolution in both his native and adopted lands. McBride explains the “Lubitsch Touch” and shows how the director challenged American attitudes toward romance and sex. Expressed obliquely, through sly innuendo, Lubitsch’s risqué, sophisticated, continental humor engaged the viewer’s intelligence while circumventing the strictures of censorship in such masterworks as The Marriage Circle, Trouble in Paradise, Design for Living, Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be. McBride’s analysis of these films brings to life Lubitsch’s wit and inventiveness and offers revealing insights into his working methods.
More Tales Behind the Tombstones tells the stories behind the deaths (or supposed deaths) and burials of even more of the Old West's most nefarious outlaws, notorious women, and celebrated lawmen. Readers will learn the stories behind these legendary characters and visit the sites of tombs long forgotten while legends have lived on. Read about the lives (and deaths) of fearless, famous lawmen such as Bass Reeves, Chalk Beeson, Bill Tilghman, and Pat Garrett; learn about the dauntless women who blazed new paths for their sex in medicine, journalism, entertainment, and voting rights; and discover the intriguing facts and myths that continue to circulate about these and other infamous characters long after their grave markers have become worn down or simply lost to time.
Profiles twenty-one of the West's gun-slinging bad girls," from serial killer Kate Bender to Elizabeth Potts and Ellen Watson, the first women hanged in Nevada and Wyoming. Meet these fascinating characters, complete with their pistols and petticoats, their knives and knaves, their vices and victims.
When Red Baker, a Larmel steel worker in Baltimore, Maryland, gets laid off from his job he goes crazy: boozing, attempted philandering, running away from his future. Filled with unforgettable characters from Red’s angry but loyal wife, Wanda; his basketball-star son, Ace; his lifelong friend Dog, a casualty of the layoff; and Crystal, the go-go dancer at Lily’s bar who embodies Red’s fantasies of escape. Red Baker is a classic American novel about a man with no identity who tries to replace the one he’s lost.
The American West, as we know it, is defined by the movies, and the Western is the oldest film genre. When the movies were born, it was not that long after Promontory Point and the Civil War, so those memories were still there in the minds of the very first movie audiences as they watched The Great Train Robbery. And the myth-making is as important as the brutal truths of history. As the reporter tells Jimmy Stewart in Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Rendered in rare, evocative tones reminiscent of Edward Sheriff Curtis's immortal photographs, Western Portraits provides readers with a collection of stylized portraits that capture the allure and mystique of the Old West, complete with authentic costuming, weaponry and settings. From the epic feature film to the TV series and serial, this coffee table book will put the story of character actors and the significance of their memorable roles into an entertaining perspective. The subjects include such popular, recognizable actors as Karl Malden, David Carradine, Denver Pyle, R. G. Armstrong, L. Q. Jones, Horst Buchholz, Henry Silva, Ruta Lee, Morgan Woodward, Bo Hopkins, Clu Gulager and 72 others. The market for this book will include lovers of classic cinema, Western history aficionados, writers, scholars and collectors of nostalgia and fine art photography. It will awaken movie memories in people's hearts, introduce others to the amazing work of these acting artists and serve as a record of the best of the Hollywood Western. THE PHOTOGRAPHS: R. G. Armstrong, John Beck, Crispian Belfrage, Bruce Boxleitner, Tom Bower, Horst Buchholz, R. D. Call, John "Bud" Cardos, David Carradine, Robert Carradine, Johnny Crawford, Rick Dano, Michael Dante, Robert Davi, Bruce Davison, Lee de Broux, Fred Dryer, Robert Evans, Ed Faulkner, Al Fleming, Robert Forster, Rosemary Forsyth, Gray Frederickson, Max Gail, Bruce Glover, Billy Green Bush, Clu Gulager, Buddy Hackett, George Hamilton, Gregory Harrison, Richard Harrison, Richard Herd, Louis Herthum, Darby Hinton, Bo Hopkins, John Dennis Johnston, L. Q. Jones, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Terry Kiser, Jeff Kober, Paul Koslo, Marty Kove, Art LaFleur, Ruta Lee, Ken Luckey, Barbara Luna, Karl Malden, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Monte Markham, Ken Medlock, Dick Miller, Chris Mulkey, Jan Murray, Louis Nye, Hugh O'Brian, Michael Paré, Michael Parks, Denver Pyle, Richard Roundtree, Peter Mark Richman, Jorge Rivero, Stefanie Powers, Mitchell Ryan, John Savage, John Schneider, Jacqueline Scott, Henry Silva, Tom Sizemore, Paul L. Smith, William Smith, Phil Spangenberger, Bo Svenson, Tim Thomerson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Jesse Vint, Hunter von Leer, Kateri Walker, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, Lana Wood, Robert Wood, Morgan Woodward, Rob Word, Harris Yulin; with photographs in book's back section of Steve Carver, C. Courtney Joyner, Robert Zinner, Danny Chuchian
Known by the Indians as "Broken Hand," Thomas Fitzpatrick was a trapper and a trailblazer who became the head of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. With Jedediah Smith he led the trapper band that discovered South Pass; he then shepherded the first two emigrant wagon trains to Oregon, was official guide to Fremont on his longest expedition, and guided Colonel Phil Kearny and his Dragoons along the westward trails to impress the Indians with howitzers and swords. Fitzpatrick negotiated the Fort Laramie treaty of 1851 at the largest council of Plains Indians ever assembled. Among the most colorful of mountain men, Fitzpatrick was also party to many of the most important events in the opening of the West.