“Come a-shootin”*

Well, a long weekend is upon us and I, for one, am looking forward to it. As usual, I won’t be doing much and that’s okay.

Last week I watched a couple of good westerns, which I had never seen (or at least don’t remember seeing). The Westerner┬áis a 1940 American film directed by William Wyler and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan and Doris Davenport. Brennan won his third best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of Judge Roy Bean. Cooper plays a saddle tramp who tricks the judge out of hanging him and then tries to help the homesteaders.

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The script is good, the direction is great and it is a real pleasure to watch Gary Cooper ride around on the range. Back in the day, actors who appeared in westerns knew how to ride. (This is not the case in recent years and it is embarrassing to watch an actor try to maneuver a horse when he doesn’t know how.) Cooper grew up on a ranch in Wyoming and he he is truly one with the horse. Walter Brennan wasn’t so bad himself.

The other movie I watched, also about cattlemen vs. homesteaders, was Blood on the Moon (1948). Directed by Robert Wise and starring Robert Mitchum, Walter Brennan and Robert Preston, it is kind of a western film noir, dark and mysterious.

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In a plot twist, the cattlemen are not even the bad guys.

Anyway, I liked both films, so if you are in the mood for a good western, you might try either of these lesser known ones.

I have to admit, I have also been watching Jim Gaffigan stand-up comedy specials, which are available on Amazon Prime.

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He is an American stand-up comedian raised in Indiana and he is hilarious and G-rated. Gaffigan’s style is largely observational, and his principal topics relate to laziness, eating and parenthood. He is not political. He makes me laugh.

Comfort is where you find it.

Daughter #1 is coming home for the long weekend and will keep me company as I don’t do much. Hopefully the wee babes will come over for a visit. What are you going to be up to this weekend?

*Judge Roy Bean in The Westerner