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Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)

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River of No Return (1954)

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Django Unchained - Nothing outside the movies

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Day of the Evil Gun (1968)

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 Dir: Jerry Thorpe - Cast: Glenn Ford, Arthur Kennedy, John Anderson, Dean Jagger, Harry Dean Stanton, Paul Fix, Nico Minardos, James Griffith The spiritual father of this small but interesting movie was Charles Marquis Warren, an illustrious name in the world of the western, often described as the man who brought the western to the small screen. He created Rawhide and adapted the radio series Gunsmoke for television. He had done a few directional jobs in the fifties and Day of the Evil Gun (for which he only wrote the story and the screenplay) marked his return to the big screen. The next year he would write, direct and produce the Elvis vehicle Charro. Lorne Warfield (Ford), an aging gunman trying to forget his violent past, is told by his neighbor, the farmer Owen Forbes (Kennedy) that his wife and two young daughters are kidnapped by the Apaches. Warfield has been away from home for a couple of years, and Forbes tells him that his wife - who thought her husband was dead - has fall…

Garden of Evil (1954)

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 Dir: Henry Hathaway - Cast: Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark, Susan Hayward, Cameron Mitchell, Hugh Marlowe, Rita Moreno, Victor Manuel Mendoza Today this is one of Henry Hathaway's least known westerns, but it was a prestigious affair back then. It was one of Fox's first cinemascope productions and also one of their first movies with stereophonic sound; for the occasion a stellar cast was hired and Bernard Herrmann (best known for his collaborations with Hitchcock) was asked to write a score. Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark and Cameron Mitchell are three fortune-hunters stranded in a Mexican port while the ship that is supposed to bring them to the Californian Gold Rush is being repaired. While spending some time in the saloon (watching Rita Moreno performing a song and a dance), they're asked by a American woman (Hayward) to follow her into the mountains, where her husband has been trapped in a goldmine after a landslide. They quickly get to the mine, but it is situated on sac…