Monday, July 25, 2016

Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985)

At last! Pax and Michael discuss one of the greatest Westerns of all time. Or at least, certainly one of our very favorites. Grab your feather cape and gather 'round the campfire as we talk about 1985's Rustlers' Rhapsody, the comedy classic starring Tom Berenger, GW Bailey, Marilu Henner, Sela Ward, Andy Griffith, and Carson from Downton Abbey.

Also up for discussion are the comic book series Six-Gun Gorilla and Trailblazer, Gary Cooper in 1929's The Virginian, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson's Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights, and the pulp magazine adventures of SeƱorita Scorpion. We also give quick shout-outs to The Sixth Gun, the role-playing game Deadlands (which Michael can't remember the name of), and the idea of Western comedies in general.


  1. I am a big fan of Tom Berenger from the movie Shoot to Kill and my one of my favorite movies, Sniper. He has done a lot of great movies, and I've been tracking down movies he's been in that I haven't seen and found this.

    I found your podcast awhile ago and since I love the western genre and have watched many, many westerns. I just finished listening to a western podcast that ended recently, so I began to look for another to listen to. So, when I saw this movie on your early list and it was a movie I hadn't see of Berenger's and It was available on demand, I gave it a watch.

    This was a fun movie to watch, reminding me of Blazing Saddles. I've seen a few of the "singing cowboys", notably the character of singing sandy played by John Wayne, dubbed by someone else! It was a fun surprise to see Patrick Wayne show up in the end and the battle of the "good guys", where the most "good guy" would win. That was a surprising turn I did not expect this film to take. I really enjoyed the call-outs to all of the western tropes. There are so many. And the jokes in this movie were hilarious, so many funny lines. I wonder how I've not seen this before. Blazing Saddles is played constantly, but I've never seen this movie listed on TCM, or other channels, until I just happened to catch it. I was originally apprehensive about watching this expecting it to be a musical where Berenger would break into a song and dance throughout the movie. Thanks for giving me the impetus to watch this movie.

    On The Virginian, I've been watching the series with another favorite actor of mine, Doug McClure as Trampas. I had not seen the original story before this series. So, I was surprised when watching the 1946 version with Joel McCrea that Trampas was a member of the bad guy's gang. I then tracked down the 1929 version with Gary Cooper who is iconic in westerns. I also watched years ago the 2000 version with Bill Pullman which was also pretty good as opposed to 2014 version with Trace Adkins. My favorite version is the Pullman version, seconded by the McCrea version.

  2. Hi, David! I'm so glad you found us and that you enjoyed RR!

    I still need to catch up with other versions of The Virginian, so thank you for your thoughts on those!