Re: RARA-AVIS: Looking for hard-boiled westerns

From: Duane Spurlock (
Date: 12 May 2005 wrote:
<<Are there any hard-boiled westerns?>>
  Luke Short (pseudonym of Frederick Glidden) wrote westerns with a hard-boiled style. Novels and short stories. Most of his novels are easy to find at libraries and used bookstores. Many of his stories can be found scattered in various anthologies assembled by the Western Writers of America and others over the years.
  A number of films were based on his books, including the following, which have some Hollywood names we frequently associate with noir films:
  Ramrod (1947), directed by André „e Toth and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake. Blood on the Moon (1948), directed by Robert Wise and starring Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston, Walter Brennan, and Phyllis Thaxter.

Station West (1948), directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Dick Powell, Jane Greer, Raymond Burr, and Agnes Moorehead.


Vengeance Valley (1951), directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, and Ray Collins.


Silver City (1951), directed by Byron Haskin and starring Edmond O'Brien and Yvonne De Carlo.


Ride the Man Down (1952), directed by Joseph Kane and starring Brian Donlevy.


The Hangman (1959), directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Robert Talor, Tina Louise, Fess Parker, Jack Lord, and Gene Evans.


- Duane Spurlock



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