Monday, February 11, 2019

Shane (1953)



Michael and Pax come back to shoot the breeze about George Stevens' classic Shane, starring Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, and Jean Arthur. Is Marian in love with Shane? Is Joey the most annoying character in cinema? What's up with that ending? And how does Batman fit into all this?

There's also Pony Express mail and short discussions of the Wrong Reel podcast's Billy the Kid episode and a couple of films: Blood on the Moon and Woman Walks Ahead.









Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Jeremiah Johnson (1972)



Pax and Michael continue their trail towards Butch and Sundance with the '70s Robert Redford mountain man Western, Jeremiah Johnson. There's also some Pony Express and Michael has thoughts about the King Arthur in the Wild West comic, Caliber.





Monday, December 31, 2018

Open Range (2003)



This Kevin Costner/Robert Duvall classic is easily the most requested movie that listeners have asked us to cover, so Michael and Pax finally hit the Open Range. Also: Pony Express brings talk of a Western Christmas Carol, the real-life history behind The Night Riders, and the 2003 TV show Peacemakers. And Pax and Michael share some cool, Western comics: El Mestizo and Bat Lash.







Friday, November 30, 2018

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)



Pax and Michael talk about the unique Paul Newman western, written by John Milius and directed by John Huston. There's also lots of Pony Express and Michael talks about playing the first chapter of Red Dead Redemption 2.





Monday, November 19, 2018

Riders of the Whistling Skull (1937) / The Night Riders (1939)



Michael and Pax explore the Three Mesquiteers. They talk about the history of the long-running series, then take a look at Riders of the Whistling Skull, in which Robert Livingstone, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune help a woman find her missing father and some lost treasure. Then in The Night Riders, Livingstone is replaced by John Wayne who leads the trio as masked vigilantes fighting an evil land baron.

It's '30s Saturday matinee pulp, but is it any good? The boys find out.

Also: Lots of Pony Express and Michael talks briefly about Western comics Manifest Destiny and Perdy.







Sunday, October 14, 2018

Episode 50: Young Guns (1988) and Young Guns II (1990)



To celebrate the 50th episode of Hellbent for Letterbox, Pax and Michael set aside the Pony Express and Whatchoo Been Westernin' to focus exclusively on the two Young Guns movies starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and a couple of posses' worth of other '80s Brat Packers.

Michael and Pax are both crazy about Young Guns, but have different opinions about the sequel. It's a great discussion, so make yourself comfortable and settle in for this double-size celebration.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)



Pax and Michael talk about Pax's second-favorite Western of all time; a movie that Michael has never seen before. But there's also time for quick reviews of 1953's The Lawless Breed and Daniel A Edwards' book, Billy the Kid: An Autobiography.