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Many of the stars of silent western were young horse wranglers who left the range to make some extra money bulldogging steers and chasing Indians around arenas in traveling Wild West shows. They made their way to Hollywood when the popularity of the Wild West shows began to decline, found work in action-packed silent westerns, and became idols for early moviegoers everywhere.
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Buck Rainey is also the author of Serials and Series (1999), Western Gunslingers in Fact and on Film (1997), The Reel Cowboy (1996) and Sweethearts of the Sage (1992). He lives in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.Review:
"A major source in the study of silent Westerns. It should be added to any research library of silent movie information."--Big Reel
"Extraordinary...a must have...mighty impressive...a terrific job chronicling the lives and careers of the actors...super writing and research, the filmographies are absolutely outstanding...a superior, comprehensive volume...enjoyable to read and the photos...all 302 of 'em!...are a dream...among the very best works on movie westerns' written today...sure to become [a] classic."--Classic Images
"In his long, distinguished career as a western film historian and author, Buck Rainey has never failed to deliver the goods. With his latest endeavor he has delivered up the best...simply a great piece of work...the quintessential encyclopedic work on western actors who began their careers during the silent era...a darn good read...over 300 photos, many of them never printed before...an absolute must... a treasure...valuable." --Western Clippings
"Excellent addition to any good film and cinema reference collection."--American Reference Books Annual
"You'll learn interesting facts...the book's images are so captivating that you'll wish you could see the title card that would have appeared afterward."--True West
"An extensive historical reference...a good encyclopedic reference." --Communication Booknotes Quarterly
"Huge."--The Old Cowboy Picture Show
"Extensive research and interviews.--Cowboys & Indians "Staggering...fascinating."--Western Revue "Well illustrated" --Reference & Research Book News
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Book Description McFarland & Company, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0786412860
Book Description McFarland Publishing, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0786412860