Several folks have asked about books and print media related to cowboy films and cliffhangers. I'm not peddling books and periodicals, but the following info and weblinks may help you locate some interesting readin' and reference material.
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Oldies.com has a lot of film-related books (http://www.oldies.com/format-view/books.html)
The Old West Shop (in West Virginia) carries books on the western film (http://www.oldwestshop.com/books1.htm)
The official websites for Gene Autry, John Wayne and Hopalong Cassidy have books. Click below:
Autry National Center of the American West (http://shop.theautry.org/browse.cfm/gene-autry/2,9.html)
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The following publishers have a lot of cinema, TV and radio related books. Click below:
McFarland Books (http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/)
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University of Oklahoma Press (http://www.oupress.com/)
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|The First Fifty Years of Sound Western Movie Locations (1929-1979) by Kenny Stier and A Century of Western Movie Locations by Carlo Gaberscek and Kenny Stier are a couple of huge, lavishly illustrated volumes that are chock full of nitty-gritty details on movie locations. The covers shown on the left are from the softcover versions which are 8 1/2 x 11.|
Currently, Carlo and Kenny write the "In Seach of Western Movie Sites" section in Boyd Magers' Western Clippings.
The First Fifty Years ... has 437 pages. A massive, alphabetized film listing is on pages 251-426, and you can quickly check for a movie title and filming location(s).
A Century ... has 502 pages and covers the period from the 1980s and later. The extensive film listing, with specific movie location info, is on pages 401-496.
I've always had a problem identifying movie locations. In March, 2012, Encore Westerns channel had early morning broadcasts of Bill Elliott in TAMING OF THE WEST (Columbia, 1939) and Buster Crabbe in OUTLAWS OF THE PLAINS (PRC, 1946). I recognized the towns in both films, but couldn't pin a name to them so I checked the alphabetical film list in THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS and got answers. TAMING was shot at Iversons and OUTLAW was at Corriganville.
Hard and softcover versions of A Century of Western Movie Locations by Carlo Gaberscek and Kenny Stier:
Hard and softcover versions of The First Fifty Years of Sound Western Movie Locations (1929-1979) by Kenny Stier:
|Arizona's Little Hollywood: Sedona and Northern Arizona's Forgotten Film History 1923-1973 by Joe McNeill is a wonderful, super researched book that documents the movies and filming done in Arizona. This 7 x 10 1/4 hardbound has 678 pages on slick paper with many high quality images.|
While Arizona is the backdrop, Joe gives us background and history of specific films beginning in the 1920s with Richard Dix in THE CALL OF THE CANYON (Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, 1923). Dozens of 1920s - 1970s films are chronicled with wonderful tidbits gleaned from old shooting schedules, tradepaper blurbs, etc. For example, you'll learn about Errol Flynn in VIRGINIA CITY (Warners, 1940), John Wayne's ANGEL AND THE BADMAN (Republic, 1947), and James Stewart and Jeff Chandler in BROKEN ARROW (20th Century Fox, 1950). B westerns are also covered such as Gene Autry's THE STRAWBERRY ROAN (Columbia, 1948) and SILVER STALLION (Monogram, 1940), the leadoff entry in a failed trio series starring stuntman Dave Sharpe, LeRoy Mason and Chief Thunder Cloud.
Joe and I connected when I was doing the Trusty Steeds webpage on Rex, King of the Wild Horses. His book has lots on Rex, including the trials and tribulations suffered by Rex owner Lee Doyle in trying to get paid for Rex in KING OF THE SIERRAS (Grand National, 1938; AKA BLACK STALLION).
You can learn more about Arizona, Joe McNeill and the book at: http://www.arizonaslittlehollywood.com/author_interview.htm
Joe's book is available at amazon for about $38.00, and there are several five star reviews from book buyers: http://www.amazon.com/Arizonas-Little-Hollywood-Forgotten-1923-1973/dp/0615323219/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332595021&sr=1-1
|Ye Old Corral webmaster has always had a problem with identifying movie locations. I recognize them, but just can't tie a name/location to a specific town, cabin, ranch, cave, rock or dusty backlot road. Tinsley Yarbrough has written about movie locations for many years in Boyd Mager's Western Clippings, and I always read that section hoping his text and photos will rub off on me.|
Tinsley has just authored Those Great Western Movie Locations, a 365 page hardback with about 400 stills and info on about 100 filming sites. The price is $40.00 ($35.00 plus $5.00 domestic shipping) and you can order from:
Tinsley E. Yarbrough
337 Glenn Court
Greenville, NC 27858
Tinsley's website has more info on the book as well as his e-mail address: http://thosegreatwesternmovielocations.com/
Tinsley also does videos of movie locations, blending home video with movie and television clips. As of September, 2010, he has eight videos available (in DVD-R and VHS) and you can find more info at his website.
|Stephen Lodge is an author and screen writer. A while back, he wrote Nickel-Plated Dream (cover shown on the left) which is fiction intertwined with his 1950s experiences and remembrances when he strapped on a six-shooter and worked as a performer at the Corriganville Movie Ranch. This 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 softcover is about $15.00.|
His newest is And .... Action (cover on the right) which is Steve's story of having a Mom that worked for Monogram Pictures circa 1950s ... and Steve and his brother got to visit movie and TV productions and exterior locations ... and meet many of our western film and TV heroes. Loaded with lots of memories and photos. This 8 1/2 x 11 softcover has about 250 pages, and is about $25.00.
You can find more on the book at Stephen Lodge's website: http://stephenlodge.bravehost.com/
His 'Behind The Scenes' website has some great info and dozens of photos of TV shows and movies being filmed (such as ANNIE OAKLEY, WILD BILL HICKOK, a Johnny Mack Brown western, more): http://www.movielocationsplus.com/bts/index1.htm
|For those of you who fondly remember Ray "Crash" Corrigan ... and/or you were a visitor to his Corriganville Movie Ranch, you should be pleased with several books authored by Jerry L. Schneider.|
Jerry is the proprietor of the Movie Making Locations website at: http://www.movielocationsplus.com/.
CORRIGANVILLE: The Definitive True History of the Ray "Crash" Corrigan Movie Ranch
500 page hardcover, $49.95: http://www.lulu.com/content/1046377
500 page paperback, $39.95: http://www.lulu.com/content/1045383
CORRIGANVILLE: The Reel Story of Ray "Crash" Corrigan and His Movie Ranch:
286 page hardcover, $40.00: http://www.lulu.com/content/241108
284 page paperback, $30.00: http://www.lulu.com/content/35394
Corriganville Movie Ranch Pictorial Souvenir Book (26 page paperback, $11.10):
Covers are shown on the left and right.
|Boyd Magers has authored a fun book titled So You Wanna See Cowboy Stuff? The Western Movie/TV Tour Guide. Some of the movie location info is provided by Tinsley Yarbrough. This hardcover book is about 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, has about 265 pages, loads of photos, and a very detailed index. Movie ranches and exterior locations are included with photos, narrative and mini/selected filmographies. This tour guide is organized by state - for example, the Alabama section includes a photo and the street address of Johnny Mack Brown's birthplace home. Naturally, the biggest section covers the state of California. Good read for those (like me) who have a real problem identifying locations used in westerns. And if you're hitting the road on vacation, this book may give you ideas on some well known --- and not very well known --- spots to visit.|
You can order from Boyd Magers and the cost is about $40.00 plus $6.00 postage in the US:
|David Rothel has written a number of cinema-related books, including The Singing Cowboys and Who Was That Masked Man: The Story of the Lone Ranger.|
An Ambush of Ghosts - A Personal Guide to Favorite Western Film Locations was published in 1990 by Empire Publishing. I am really lousy at identifying western movie locations ... and this book has a ton of pictures and text about that subject. This hardbound book measures 11 1/4 wide x 8 3/4 high, and contains about 275 pages.
As of October, 2005, Empire Publishing no longer has copies. Check the used book seller links at the top of this webpage.