Shooting Stars: Heroes and Heroines of Western Film

Archie P. McDonald, Other Indiana University Press $0 (265p) ISBN 978-0-253-20415-8
The cinematic cowpokes studied in this collection include William S. Hart, Ken Maynard, Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper, Gene Autry, John Wayne, Audie Murphy and Burt Lancaster. Western novelist Jim Miller analyzes Clint Eastwood's antihero character. Sandra Kay Schackel examines the stereotypical roles of women in westerns. Gary A. Yoggy surveys the genre on radio and TV. Michale E. Welsh offers a noteworthy study of the ""Western aura'' surrounding Ronald Reagan's political career despite the few westerns in his 54-film career. Although Henry Fonda remains conspicuously absent, history professor McDonald and his contributors present a lively and engaging group of critical essays and biographical portraits that corral major trends in western films. Photos unseen by PW. (April)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
Hardcover - 265 pages - 978-0-253-36685-6
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