21. Western

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch21

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) Western, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch21

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242



  • Western - Coda: Postmodern Hollywood, 1977 - 300 westerns, surpassing every other genre in quantity, buckboarded in from major/minor outfits;
  • The Rare Breed, U, 1966, with Maureen O'Hara as a cattle woman - progressive theory about crossbreeding and The Ballad of Josie, U, 1968 with Doris Day as a suffragette widow;
  • The Shootist (P, 1976), a dying ex-gunfighter (Wayne) - putting his house in order, hounded by businessmen who want him to tell his story, so they can make a buck;
  • radio/TV chores, coming with d/w Burt Kennedy - alternating between cynically veined jobs;
  • US's post-Civil War wrenching divide, unwise entanglements - with foreign countries/governments unraveled in two alternative story lines eventually intertwining;
  • postwar reformulation of the Indian, an overdrive in an era of minorities - respective picture, a “hate America” overlay;
  • John Milius/Edward Analt, from two novels on Pollack's watch - Jeremiah Johnson (WB, 1972) offering a somewhat rounded Indian portrait;
  • hunting-down of a group of marauding, raping, murderous Apaches - escaping from reservation by a naïve Christian troop officer, accompanied by a white scout;
  • violence, inevitable part of Peckinpah's people's modus operandi and life - not shying away from showing it, though in Ballad the violence was muted;
  • deconstruction of Frontier legends, persons and/or situations - as handled by Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, yet another route traveled by demythed westerns