Any western directed by Anthony Mann is pretty hard-boiled.
WINCHESTER 73 features Jimmy Stewart at his least likable ever. Well Worth
the price of the rental.
And John Ford's THE SEARCHERS?
Any lover of noir/hardboiled ought to watch that one for the ending alone.
And speaking of endings, for a noirish one, try King Vidor's DUEL IN THE
These are just off the top of my head. Hard-boiled westerns have been
discussed on this list before. Might be worth a look in the archives for
you. I also happen to know that Spur(tm) Award-winning author Jim Doherty
is deeply versed in the "Western" canon (no pun intended).
All the Best-
On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 8:05 AM, zbleck <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Did a search and was surprised to not find any posts about this writer--I
> just discovered him a few months ago and he's pretty hard boiled.
> so far I've read Floater, Smuggler's Notch, Little Odessa, and my favorite
> ( I would love it just for the title) Bride of Blood.
> This is set in Iran--I guess didn't get much attention in 1995, but feels
> really topical now.
> To add to the discussion of the hard boiled and the Western--I'm bored by
> Westerns--the only ones I like are ones that my husband says aren't Westerns
> at all--Bad Day at Black Rock, The Misfits, and of course, my fav--Johnny
> Guitar--but the Western Channel is next to the Mystery channel on my on
> screen guide and I've been struck lately with how fabulous western movie
> titles are--2 recent ones --Disappearances and From Noon To Three--both very
> noir--another source of good titles is Jean Claude Van Damme movies --I'm
> always clicking on something that look intriguing only to discover that it's
> another one of his films.
> About Wallander--was disappointed in this--found the plot boring--but
> Branagh was good--not hammy & actory as he usually is.
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