A Trifecta of Westerns
Steve McQueen once famously said, “When a horse learns to buy martinis, I’ll learn to love horses.” He did, however, develop a deep bond with his on-screen quarter horse, Buster. – By Barbara Minty McQueen –
The superstar with his dog Junior, who was part shepherd and part collie. Junior was protective of his owner and was a known biter, but McQueen loved him dearly. Barbara Minty McQueen says Junior perished in the Arizona desert, most likely eaten by a pack of wolves. She said Steve looked for him for days, and that was the only time she witnessed her husband cry. – By Barbara Minty McQueen –
A leather-chapped McQueen sits in the director’s chair on the set of Tom Horn with a glass of iced down Old Milwaukee beer, his favorite beverage. – By Barbara Minty McQueen –
Maureen O’Hara’s amazing career has taken her from Notre Dame Cathedral to the McLintock Ranch, with stops in Wales, Ireland , and 34th Street in between. These DVDs let us ride West with the beautiful redhead, who never backed away from a fight or John Wayne.
John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Danny Borzage—who played accordion on Ford’s film sets for four decades— and more of the cast and crew of The Searchers gather around director John Ford on set in Monument Valley.
By the 1920s, Tom Mix was America’s biggest Western movie star; he ultimately earned more than $900,000 a year before Fox turned him loose in 1928. His horse, Tony, the Wonder Horse, was the first to be given equal billing with his rider.
Marfa, Texas, has brought the Oscar to: 1956's "Giant" (see Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, top), "No Country for Old Men" (see Marfa local Chip Love) and "There Will Be Blood (oil derrick on set).
Cast and crew at Clara’s on last day of filming the "Lonesome Dove" miniseries.
The iconic "Lonesome Dove" characters Jake, Gus and Call
Jim Hatzell in TNT’s "Buffalo Soldiers," 1997. The South Dakota artist has been involved in more than 50 films. Most of the models featured in his invitation-only artist’s ride every August have also appeared in motion pictures.
Jim Hatzell: On the Movie Set— Worked with Sam Elliott (at left) in 1993’s Gettysburg.
Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp and Victor Mature as Doc Holliday gaze admiringly at saloon gal, Chihuahua, played by the lovely Linda Darnell in "My Darling Clementine."
Director John Ford (in chair, far left, on the "Stagecoach" set) did not direct "Stagecoach" for 20th Century-Fox, but for United Artists under producer Walter Wanger.
From "My Darling Clementine"—Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and Clementine Carter (Cathy Downs) in a scene edited out of the final release version of the film.
From "My Darling Clementine"—Although John Ford shot this scene with just a handshake, studio head Darryl Zanuck demanded that Wyatt Earp and Clementine got a final kiss in the 1946 film.