Monday, October 17, 2016

Hitchin' Post | The Westerns of DeForest Kelley - A Conversation with Memoirist Kristine M Smith

Before he was Doctor McCoy, DeForest Kelley was a cowboy. On this Hitchin' Post episode, Michael visits with author Kristine M Smith whose freelance writing career was launched by Kelley in 1969. It was De and his wife Carolyn who encouraged Kris to pursue a career Hollywood, which she did from 1989 to 2003, primarily at Warner Bros.

Kris also served as Kelley’s personal assistant and caregiver during the final months of his life and presented heartfelt sentiments about her mentor at Paramount Studios' memorial service for him in 1999. She has written two books about him: DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal, A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knew Him Best (2016) and The Enduring Legacy of DeForest Kelley: Actor, Healer, Friend. Both books are available at

Yellow Balloon Publications' website also contains access to an extensive list of Kelley’s film and TV Westerns with links to information about each one and additional links to snippets of his performances.

Also be sure to visit your local newsstand for the November-December issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine - available now as this episode is being released - featuring an article by Kris focusing on Kelley's Westerns.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hitchin' Post | The Re-Cast: Young Guns

Pax and Michael are joined again by Michael DiGiovanni and Andrew Bloom of the Classic Film Jerks podcast. One of our favorite parts of their show is when they re-cast older movies with modern actors, so we all did that with 1988's Young Guns, each of us picking new actors to play the six main characters and maybe a side character or three.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Michael and Pax welcome our very first guests this episode. We are joined by Digio and Bloom from the Classic Film Jerks podcast and all four of us discuss the classic western remake, The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Pax and Michael get ready for the upcoming Magnificent Seven remake by sitting down with the original starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholz, and Eli Wallach.

We also revisit DC's Justice Riders, talk over Chuck Dixon and John Buscema's Punisher: A Man Named Frank, discuss Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy in Blackthorn, follow up on Bo Hampton's 3 Devils, converse on Kid Colt Outlaw #171 (guest-starring the Two-Gun Kid), and gab about early John Wayne movies Sagebrush Trail and Riders of Destiny.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hitchin' Post | Yojimbo (1961) and Dollar for the Dead (1998)

In this special Hitchin' Post episode, Michael and Pax delve into Sergio Leone's influences by discussing the 1961 samurai classic Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa, which inspired A Fistful of Dollars. Then we also discuss the 1998 TV movie Dollar for the Dead starring Emilio Estevez, which Leone's Dollars Trilogy in turn inspired.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

In this episode, Pax and Michael finish Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy with the epic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. It's the longest of the trilogy, but is it the best? And how does it fit in with the other two?

Tune in as we hash that out, right after a discussion of the Weird Western comic The Sixth Gun, William R. Cox's novel The Gunsharp, the 1967 film Hombre, DC's Justice Riders, and "The Origin of Kid Colt" from Kid Colt, Outlaw #170.

All this and listener mail!

Monday, August 29, 2016

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Pax and Michael continue exploring the Dollars Trilogy with the second installment, For a Few Dollars More, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and a bunch of Sergio Leone's other favorite actors. We talk about the difference in Eastwood's character between Fistful of Dollars and this one, and we also start the discussion of whether or not the Dollars Trilogy works as a straightforward story of one man's adventures in the West. Plus: much love for Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volontè.

In our "Whatcha Been Westerning?" segment, we cover the Vertigo comics series El Diablo by Brian Azzarello and Danijel Zezelj, John Ostrander and Leonardo Manco's Blaze of Glory for Marvel, Alejandro Iñárritu's film The Revenant, and Elmore Leonard's classic novel Hombre.