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THE WESTERN TALKS!, Part I
"It would seem that the western, telling its story in terms of action rather than dialogue, should have been relatively unconcerned about the mechanical problems of sound .... Because of many actual and alleged problems, including most specifically the reco...

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HUEY LONG by T. Harry Williams
DICTATOR  – in politics, a leader who rules a country with absolute power, usually by force FASCIST  – an individual who favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism DEMAGOGU...

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IKE: An American Hero by Michael Korda
“I like Ike!” Of course, I do; doesn't everybody? But I don’t worship at his altar and I bet you don’t either. However, I can’t say the same thing for Michael Korda. He fell in love with his subject and concluded that his man never made a mistake and that t...

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DEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS by Julie Schumacher
Ms. Nan A. Talese Doubleday Publishing 1745 Broadway New York, NY 10019 Dear Ms. Talese: I saw online that you were the contact person for Doubleday Publishing and that manuscripts must be submitted by agents because you do not accept unsolicited manuscript...

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HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel
This is a review of a book written about the making of the classic western film, HIGH NOON (UA, 1952).  If you wish, and I hope you do, you can read my review of the film  here. HIGH NOON is one of the most famous and popular western movies ever made.  Desp...

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BUTCHER'S CROSSING by John Williams
John Williams (1922-1994) wrote four novels.  None of them, however, sold many copies during his lifetime.  I remember some years ago seeing and scanning stories about him with headlines such as The Best Writer You Never Heard Of , or something similar.  An...

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THE MAN WHO RODE MIDNIGHT by Elmer Kelton
Back in 1973 Elmer Kelton published his most critically acclaimed novel, one that won both Spur and Western Heritage awards.  It is  The Time It Never Rained , which one admiring critic conceded wasn't "the Great American Novel," but may very well be "the G...
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