August 31, 2009
The Autry National Center of the American West (aka, the Autry Museum) has a series of short films playing on monitors interspersed among the exhibits. These presentations examine the history of B-Westerns. I’ve written about these films before.
Around the corner from the Charles Starrett exhibit there plays a tribute to the stunt men of the B-Western. It begins with a quick-paced montage of movie stunts (a horse and rider diving off a cliff, a wagon rolling down a hill, etc) and culminates with a long shot of a cowboy maneuvering along a buckboard on a “speeding” wagon, clearly on a soundstage. Recognize someone?
“…a special breed of people who make movie magic appear to be real.”
I’ll agree with the “special” part, but, c’mon, Smiley as a stuntman? The guy can barely pull off a convincing pratfall.
July 2, 2009
Charles jaw was such a distinctive feature that the stuntmen doubling for him had to wear this.
That’s right. A stunt jaw for a stunt man.