Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

When young Milly (Jane Powell) agrees to marry Adam (Howard Keel) she has little idea that he is bringing her to his ranch AND 6 younger brothers.  Not wanting to be cook and cleaner to all of them, she decides to clean them up and teach them some manners so they can find wives of their own.  Milly is not quite prepared for the mayhem that follows as the girls in town do indeed fall for the backwoods brothers, much to the jealousy of the townsmen.

Filmed on location in Oregon, this film features memorable songs and show-stopping dance numbers.

1hr. 42min.

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)

When life in America isn’t quite what they dreamed it would be, young Fievel and his family fall for the allure of the Golden West and set off for a new life.  Once there they find it harder then they expected but the mice want to stick it out when they fall for the promises of a scheming cat (John Cleese).  Fievel is the only one that realizes the truth and it’s up to him to save the other mice.

Jimmy Stewart co-stars in his final film as an old law dog that just might have one more fight in him.

1hr. 16min.

The Stalking Moon (1968)

Gregory Peck stars as Sam Varner, a retiring army scout, who through circumstances takes an indian-captive (Eva Marie Saint) and her half-breed son under his wing.  It’s not long, however, before he realizes that they’re being tracked by the boy’s vengeful father, who will stop at nothing to get the boy back.  This suspenseful western leads to a terrifying showdown.

1hr. 50min.

Bend of the River (1952)

James Stewart stars in this exciting western about people being able to change, if they are willing to try.  Glyn (Stewart) is a former boarder raider, who wants to start over.  In his efforts he is guiding a wagon train of farmers to Oregon, in the hopes of being able to settle down himself.  When a man from his past (Arthur Kennedy) appears, things get more complicated.  Julie Adams costars as the woman that Glyn hopes to start over with.

This film features stunning on location (Oregon) cinematography.

1hr. 31min.

 

 

High Noon (1952)

A sheriff of a small town, has not only just gotten married, but has also retired from his position. He is then told that in an hour a sadistic killer (that he has put in prison and is now out) will arrive and is seeking revenge with his 3 henchmen.

One of the most iconic westerns of all time, the part of the stalwart marshal was originally offered to Gregory Peck, but ultimately went to Gary Cooper.  Cooper’s performance as the sheriff who must face four killers alone, won him his second Academy Award.  A very young and beautiful Grace Kelly, (in one of her first starring roles) plays Cooper’s wife.

The editing of the time element in the story (“real time”), makes the tension grow with every minute.

1hr. 25min.

The Big Country (1958)

The story tells of Jim McKay (Gregory Peck) a sea captain, who meeting Pat Terrill (Carol Baker) back east, decides to come out west to meet her family and marry her.  Once there, he finds himself in the middle of a bitter and potentially deadly land dispute involing a watering hole. It involves Pat’s father (Charles Bickford), and a poor white trash clan, lead by Rufus Hannassey (Burl Ives) and his son Buck (Chuck Connors).  Jim also meets the local school marm, Julie (Jean Simmons), who owns the land in question.  Rounding out the cast of characters is Steve Leech (Charlton Heston), the foreman in love with Pat.

Burl Ives won best supporting actor for his convincing performance in this intense western.  William Wyler directed and co produced with Gregory Peck.

2hr. 46min.

The River of No Return (1954)

In an unusual directorial turn for Otto Preminger, comes this western, starring the even more interesting pairing of Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe.  Matt (Mitchum) is a man with a past who just wants to start over with his young son Mark (Tommy Rettig). Kay (Monroe) is a saloon singer who dreams of a better life.  Through the unscrupulous actions of her boyfriend Harry (Rory Calhoun), Kay, Matt and Mark must embark on a harrowing journey down the deadly River of No Return.  They must survive, Indians, outlaws and the elements if they are to make it to safety and a new beginning.

The film was mostly shot in Banff and Jasper National Park and Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

1hr. 31min.

The Paleface (1948)

Legendary Bob Hope gives a hilarious performances as “Painless” Peter Potter, a dentist in the old west who got his degree by correspondence.  Through a misunderstanding with a patient he is forced to flee town, joining a wagon train headed west.  He also picks up a stowaway, beautiful and tough Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) who has a mission of her own. These two opposites form a dynamic duo as they must face outlaws, Indians and each other!

1hr. 32min.

 

The Searchers (1956)

John Wayne is Ethan Edwards the tough Civil War veteran who along with his adopted nephew Martin (Jeffrey Hunter), embark on a 5 year pursuit of his niece (Natalie Wood) who has been abducted by Comanche’s.  The two cross paths with many colorful characters and breathtaking landscapes, but the most difficult journey lies within themselves.

Considered one of John Wayne’s best performances, in 1989 the film was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress.

1hr. 59min.