The Hollywood A-Production Western
2. 1929 to 1945
Published Online: 13 NOV 2011
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Stoehr, K. L. 2011. The Hollywood A-Production Western. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 2:3:33.
- Published Online: 13 NOV 2011
Film scholars have long recognized a familiar distinction established by the studios between large-scale A-Westerns and their usually less costly B-Western counterparts. There is certainly no necessary correlation between financial investment and cinematic quality, as superb small-budget films and atrocious big-budget movies have demonstrated. But higher production values can indeed often attract better performers, accomplished directors and their crews, and more thoughtfully designed scripts.
- John Ford;
- Raoul Walsh;
- King Vidor;
- comedic western;
- Howard Hawks;
- William Wyler;