October 24, 2011
As regular readers of this site well know, I have a very low opinion of the fat man in the battered hat and the antics he calls ‘comedy.’ Over the years, folks have chimed in with their own opinions. I am sharing some of them here in the spirit of reasonableness and openness to others’ opinions. (But he still sucks.)
Ed: I just received a set of DVDs containing 46 Durango movies. The couple I’ve seen so far confirms your opinion that Smiley Burnette was spectacularly unfunny.
Joe, Sr. : R. SMILEY BURNETT I HAVE NEVER LAUGHT SO MUCH, AS WHEN I SEEN YOU DO YOUR MAGIC ON THE WESTERNS, I DO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT 300-SONGS. SO MUCH TALENT YOU HAVE. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS. YOUR PAL DRANGO KID WILL SHOOT ME! I DID NOT GET HIS NAME RIGHT!
Luciano: I think that in terms of songs by Smiley Burnette, this film, Cyclone Fury, has some of the best. His song “I’ll be getting some sleep” by the coffin is great, so is “Hear the Wind”, a song that he sings by the chuckwagon in order to earn a bite to eat.
Mun Mun: I agree that Starrett always does a great job of feigning amusement at Smiley’s comedy routines.
Steve: I think you’re being a bit hard on ol’ Smiley. I always liked the guy, even though he could be a bit too annoying in some films. Of course, it was in the script that he act that way.
Bruce: SMILEY BURNETTE: agree with you on your blog, he is the single most negative factor in every DK movie, thank God for remotes & fast forward. He’s even annoying on many one sheets where frequently he dominates them more than Charley. Autry never gave him the seemingly free licence he had with Charley.
Mike: Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion and while Smiley’s buffoonish comedy may not appeal to you, he was definitely popular with Western movie audiences of the Forties and Fifties. Even after leaving movies, he took his act on the road to state fairs where people still remembered him and then of course to Petticoat Junction. He wrote countless songs, was able to play a number of instruments and his bug-eyed look and gravelly voice always found an audience.
October 12, 2011
HOMES OF THE WESTERN STARS
SPECIAL GUEST BLOGGER
In this section you’ll find Dino related sites, film trivia, cars he drove, etc.
MORE HOMES, REAL ESTATE PROPERTY, FAMILY HOMES
SOLVANG RANCH – SANTA BARBARA
He sold his ranch to Jimmy Stewart
HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH – THOUSAND OAKS
His ten – room Spanish colonial mansion on 63 acres of land. In September 1986 it was on the market for $5,900,000.
THE BRADFORD PARK APARTMENT HOUSES
OLD TOPANGA CANYON ROAD AND MULHOLLAND DRIVE
A rental property that he owned.
12812 SUNSET BOULEVARD – WEST HOLLYWOOD
Dean’s first wife was living here in the 1950s until losing the house in 1955.
10634 HOLMAN – LOS ANGELES
DEAN MARTIN JR.
His son was living here until his death in 1987.
LOS ANGELES NATIONAL CEMETERY – WESTWOOD
DEAN MARTIN JR.
WHERE HE WORKED
THE RECORDING STUDIOS
He recorded his first two singles here.
“Which Way Did My Heart Go?” / “All Of Me”
“I Got The Sun In The Morning” / “Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi”
Recorded two singles here.
“Oh Marie” / “Walking My Baby Back Home”
“Hold Me” / “Santa Lucia”
EMBASSY (subsidiary label of Apollo)
And one here.
“One Foot In Heaven” / “The Night Is Young”
He then moved to Capitol Records in both New York City and Hollywood.
1948 – 1964
1750 VINE STREET – HOLLYWOOD
1962 – 1974
In 1964 Dean left Capitol and went to Reprise Records, owned by pal, Frank Sinatra.
He stayed here until 1974.
WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS
SOME OF THE STUDIOS WHERE HE MADE HIS MOVIES
5555 MELROSE AVENUE – HOLLYWOOD
Dean and Jerry made all their comedy films here. He also made several movies here after they broke up.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES STUDIOS
1965 – 1974
NBC STUDIOS – BURBANK, CALIFORNIA
THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW
Dean filmed his hit series here.
THE DEAN MARTIN WESTERNS
THE POSTERS, STUDIOS, LOCATIONS
Between 1956 and 1973 Dean made ten pretty decent westerns, and only except a few were comedies with music, although most had some comedy in them. He starred along side some of Hollywood’s greats, such as John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Jimmy Stewart and Rock Hudson, and was able to hold his own. Here’s a look at those western movies.
(The following films are annotated with the year that they were released, the movie poster, the studio, and Dean’s role in the picture. Whenever possible, the filming location is included)
AS SLIM MOSLEY JR. AND SR.
IVERSON LANE, CHATSWORTH, CA.
24715 OAK CREEK AVENUE – NEWHALL, CA.
WARNERS BROTHERS STUDIOS – BURBANK
201 SOUTH KINNEY ROAD – TUCSON, AZ.
WARNER BROTHERS STUDIOS – BURBANK
AS SGT. CHIP DEAL
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK – BRYCE, UTAH
WARNER BROTHERS STUDIOS
AS JOE JARRETT
MOJAVE DESERT, CA.
RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK
HIGHWAY 14 – CANTIL, CA.
AS TOM ELDER
CASA BLANCA, DURANGO, MEXICO
CHUPADEROS STUDIOS, MEXICO CITY
EL SALTITO, DURANGO, MEXICO
AS SAM HOLLIS
ALABAMA HILLS, LONE PINE, CA.
Where Baldy, (Alain Delon), rescues Lonetta (Tina Aumont).
AS ALEX FLOOD
KANAB MOVIE RANCH
5001 ANGEL CANYON ROAD, KANAB, UTAH
20th CENTURY – FOX
10201 PICO BOULEVARD, CENTURY CITY
AS DEE BISHOP
20th CENTURY – FOX STUDIOS
ALAMO VILLAGE – HIGHWAY 674, BRACKETTVILLE, TEXAS
GLEN CANYON, UTAH
KANAB MOVIE RANCH
5001 ANGEL CANYON ROAD – KANAB, UTAH
AS VAN MORGAN
AS BILLY MASSEY
ABIGUIU, NEW MEXICO
CHAMA, NEW MEXICO
His last western film
FOOTPRINTS, STARS, CARS, ECT.
MARCH 21, 1964
GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER
6925 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, HOLLYWOOD
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Dean has three stars on the Walk Of Fame for movies, television and recordings.
6651 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD – HOLLYWOOD – TELEVISION
6519 HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD – MOVIES
1817 VINE STREET, HOLLYWOOD – RECORDINGS
SUNSET BOULEVARD – LOS ANGELES
CARS HE OWNED
1962 GHIA COUPE
Dean Martin Ghia: but this is more than just a beautiful car. Originally owned by Hollywood star Lucille Ball and husband Gary Morton, it was then bought by legendary Rat Pack member Dean Martin and customised to his personal requirements by George Barris. Rare, beautifully preserved and with that celebrity connection it’s a true Hollywood car.
Dean owned three Stutz Bearcats, one was crashed
Bob Siler grew up in Burbank, not far from Universal Studios and Warner Brothers where they made his favorite monster movies. A long-time fan of Westerns, he still has a hard time believing that the great John Wayne could die. Bob has created many lists detailing where the famous and infamous lived, are buried, and the cars they drove. He has recently completed this list of Western Stars homes after many years. Burbank Bob now resides in Portland, Oregon.
October 8, 2011
Sam Fuller went and made himself a B-Western. It was in 1949 and John Ireland rocked it. John Ireland = awesome. And such a great film. Unlike Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” where the film builds towards Jesse’s murder and his death scene happens near the end of the picture, Robert Ford (Ireland) plugs Jesse in the first reel, and spends the rest of the film dealing with it.
Fuller worked within genres, making genre films, but never the standard fare, and this one sports a narrative structure that is odd and refreshing and winding and disjointed and at 81 minutes feels like an epic. It’s hard to know how it’s going to end…
…until Tom Tyler shows up at minute 73 of that 81.
Here comes the avenging figure of Tom Tyler as Frank James!
But no, he’s barely there for three lines of dialogue before he gets the knock-out punch from Preston Foster.
In an almost immediate twist, he’s acquitted and lays one heavy heavy line on Bob Ford. “I don’t have to kill you. But I’m going to tell you something that will kill you. You’re aiming to marry Cynthy. When you put your lips up close to hers, she’ll be kissing you but she’ll be thinking of Kelley. It’s you she’s sorry for but it’s him she wants.”
And with that, he backs out of the saloon and out of the picture.
Total screen time. Under three minutes.
Love these cowboy stars and their later roles. So satisfying knowing that Tyler was the veteran of over 140 films at the time of this brief but rich appearance, many of them as the lead.
(I did mention that John Ireland was awesome in this, didn’t I?)
October 3, 2011
Forrest Tucker projects such heavy intensity and solemnity in this role that it is nearly impossible to imagine him flourishing in the loony chicanery of his most famous role, that of Sargent O’Rourke on F-Troop.
“The Sarge should get a medal…for meddling!” Not a fan.
Tucker started his film career with an auspicious role, swapping punches with Gary Cooper in the awesome 1940 William Wyler joint, “The Westerner.” If you have not seen this film, I suggest that you make a positive step towards real change in your life and watch it tonight.
You don’t have to see “Stagecoach to Fury”, but it’s pretty cool. The set-up is “Dangerous Hours” in a stagecoach station. Bandits are holding the passengers of a stagecoach hostage until the gold shipment arrives…if it’s not already there! As the hours tick by, we are treated to FLASHBACKS! of each of the characters. Cool huh?
A nice film and a good role for this like-able seeming fella.