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SIX-GUN LAW
The Westerns of Randolph Scott, Audie Murphy, Joel McCrea and George Montgomery
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  • Series: Sixn Law (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mi

The modern Western is so intent on portraying the West as it really was that the end product comes across as a tedious, dimly photographed exercise in grime, gloom and doom. Westerns of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s may not have been entirely accurate in their depiction of the Old West, but
they moved like wildfire and entertained prewar and postwar audiences by the millions.
Sadly, the classic American Western no longer exists—where good guys were good and bad guys were bad. The great Western hero actors of the past have holstered their six-shooters and ridden off into the fading sunset. Author Atkinson looks at the Western career of four of Hollywood’s often overlooked cowpokes: Randolph Scott, Audie Murphy, Joel McCrea and George Montgomery, What
these hombres have left behind is a vast body of work that continues to bring pleasure and enjoyment to many, many fans of a certain age, and may even garner a few younger devotees.

 

Six-Gun Law 2:
The Westerns of Rory Calhoun, Rod Cameron, Sterling Hayden and Richard Widmark Paperback – October 30, 2018

Paperback: 284 pages

The modern Western is so intent on portraying the West as it really was that the end product comes across as a tedious, dimly photographed exercise in grime, gloom and doom. Westerns of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s may not have been entirely accurate in their depiction of the Old West, but they moved like wildfire and entertained prewar and postwar audiences by the millions. Sadly, the classic American Western no longer exists—where good guys were good and bad guys were bad. The great Western hero actors of the past have holstered their six-shooters and ridden off into the fading sunset. Author Atkinson looks at the Western career of four of Hollywood’s often overlooked cowpokes: Randolph Scott, Audie Murphy, Joel McCrea and George Montgomery, What these hombres have left behind is a vast body of work that continues to bring pleasure and enjoyment to many, many fans of a certain age, and may even garner a few younger devotees.

 

There are no two ways about it-the 1950s was the decade in which the American Western flourished and attained an absolute peak of perfection. So cowboy, saddle up, strap on your shooters, grab your rifle, and get ready to ride into a hot, dusty and highly dangerous universe populated by not-so-good guys bent on vengeance, cowardly townsfolk, bad hombres, rebellious Native Americans, glamorous dames in distress, evil land-grabbers, corrupt saloon owners, masked raiders, outlaw gangs, rustlers, psychotic villains, bank and stage holdups, train robberies, wagon trains under attack, cattle barons feuding with sheep farmers, ghost towns, gripping gunfights, bruising fistfights, crooked town officials, stand-alone lawmen, gun-toting ladies, cold-hearted killers, stampeding cattle and horses, comical sidekicks, cavalry battles, engaging 10-year-olds as tough as the adults, lone, trigger-happy strangers met with slit-eyed suspicion and towns where trouble lurks on every dusty street corner, all set against America's striking natural scenery and mostly shot with an expertise unknown to a generation of 21st-century moviegoers fed on a never-ending diet of CGI-dominated movies with nary a Stetson or horse in sight.

The 1950s was the decade in which Western movies thrived and reigned supreme; this volume hopefully, and conclusively, sets out to prove it.

Six-Gun Law 3 covers 446 movies, contains over 450 photos, and is an essential reference for every Western fan.