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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 03, Jimmie Lee Johnson rated it liked it Shelves: j-horwitz , history , western , movied.
Discussions of several movie cowboys from Anderson to Wakely. Oct 26, Van Roberts rated it it was amazing. This is an excellent book about the early cowboy heroes of the silver screen like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers as well as others too numerous to mention. If you don't know a lot about B-movies, you are in for a genuine treat.
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Wonderful book about the Cowboy movie and TV stars. This is the second time I've read it. Howard rated it liked it Jan 13, Allan rated it liked it Nov 07, Jim rated it really liked it May 27, He decided that Wayne's conservative politics and adamant support of the Vietnam War ruined the image of his hero, and Wayne was still a popular performer who had not 'disappeared' like many of the other film legends. Horwitz covers Hopalong Cassidy 's career with detail, in particular the seminal image of William Boyd as the original "man in black".
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Other performers Horwitz recalls with nostalgia include Tex Ritter and Audie Murphy , as well as the role that television played in the death of the old-time Hollywood cowboys. This section of the book documents Horwitz's journey to Hollywood , where he gamely tries to locate the surviving Western film stars. Almost immediately he confronts barriers, such as the Screen Actors Guild refusing to release the mailing addresses of the now-retired stars or even tell him who is alive or dead. So, he is forced to leave his contact letters at the Guild office, of which several return unanswered and one informs him that Allen "Rocky" Lane is deceased.
He then places an ad in The Hollywood Reporter , asking for any of the actors willing to participate in the writing project to contact him. While in Hollywood, Horwitz attended the funeral of western hero Ken Maynard , partially out of respect, but also as a way to meet screen legend Gene Autry , Horwitz's childhood idol. He describes the service as depressing, with only about seventy-five mourners—many of them dressed in full-Western costume Autry, who allegedly had supported Maynard though his last years, did not appear at the funeral. The funeral motivated Horwitz to track down as many of the surviving actors as he could before they died before their stories could be told.
Horwitz's first interview wound up being Autry, after an article documenting a brief encounter with him was published in Rolling Stone. Autry proved to be a friendly man, though unwilling to give out much information as he was planning his own autobiography at the time. What distressed Horwitz the most was that Autry had not aged gracefully, and that his once-melodious voice was now rough and harsh.
Other interviews went poorly.
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Producers William Witney and Sol Siegel refused to discuss their western past, and Jay Silverheels ' agent flatly rejected Horwitz's request. An attempt to interview Clayton Moore , aka The Lone Ranger , was a tremendous disappointment, as Moore was unwilling to discuss anything except the Lone Ranger, and even then he suggested Horwitz use information from old interviews, as Moore would not offer anything that hadn't been said before.
An attempt to interview Lash LaRue ended when he found that LaRue had just been arrested for drunkenness and drug possession. Horwitz also makes a stop at the Roy Rogers Museum after repeatedly being refused an interview , where he is overwhelmed by the collection of kitsch and memorabilia he even considers stealing a Hopalong Cassidy drinking glass just like one he had as a child until he sees Rogers' horse Trigger , stuffed and mounted, a sight that disgusted him.
Horwitz ends the book at the site where Tom Mix died in a car accident. He takes out his childhood cowboy boots, tries to polish them, and leaves them at the monument marking the location.
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He felt that such a sacred place was a good place to leave a memento of his childhood, and of memories that "went thataway". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed.