Western Movies: Defining the Great Classical America
|November 18, 2011||Posted by berns under Westernfilms||
When one talk about western movies, what usually comes to mind are cowboys and Indians – “The Lone Ranger” , “Shane”, the great wild west films and so much more. Western movies are pretty much associated with cowboy hats, boots, horses and gun fighting. It depicts the old American ways – untamed America, which is a borderline between the wilderness and civilization. It also comes by the term – the horse opera and the oater. Several terms are coined but it just boils down to the cowboys and the wild ways of American civilization. Some are myths or based on legends and some are based on Western heroes and heroines.
Western has been the defining genre of the US film industry.
The Western Movie Plots
Usually, the usual plot of western films is classic, with a very simple goal that maintains the law and order in the frontier. It is action-based with more guns, fights, saloons, beers and dancing cancan girls.
Elements of Western Movies
The most typical elements in western movies involve guns, gun fights, horses, indians/savages, boots and denims, bank robbers and stage coaches.
For every country there are always their term for different fighters in the old era or in this instance, what is called, the samurai of Japan is the equivalent of cowboys in America during the Old West; or is also the equivalent of a knight in England during the medieval times.
The first western movie ever played has no audio and is called the silent western movie. A few great silent western movies that we can name is the Cripple Creek Bar Room Scene (1899) – which depicts the bar scene.
Trivia: Did you know who the first western actor in the silent western movie is?
The actor’s name is William S. Hart. He served as both actor and director after he moved to Hollywood. Movies that he released are the following:
- The Disciple (1915)
- The Taking of Jim McLane (1915)
- Devil’s Double (1916)
- Hell’s Hinges (1916)
- The Return of Draw Egan (1916)
- Truthful Tulliver (1916)
- The Narrow Trail (1917)
- Branding Broadway (1918)
- Riddle Gawne (1918)
- Breed of Men (1919)
- The Money Corral (1919)
- Sand (1920)
- The Testing Block (1920)
- The Toll Gate (1920)
- The Three Word Brand (1921)
- White Oak (1921)
- Travelin’ On (1922)
- Wild Bill Hickok (1923)
- Singer Jim McKee (1924)
- Tumbleweeds (1925
The number one classic western movie in cinema is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They used to run all the marquees. You can find the whole movie plot of the movie through Wikipedia or their official site.
From the Movies to the Western TV Series
When television came about, Gun Smoke is western film which is the longest-running tv series depicting the western era. Another one is Raw Hide. Both tv series captivated a large audience.
Overall, western movies used to have a large following of movie-goers but now, you very rarely seen western movies made. Most are reruns and some are enhanced, but still yet, they don’t have a lot of followers.