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The Phantom Empire

Director: Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason
Country/ Year: USA 1935



Gene Autry rides into his first starring role, singing his own song and basically playing himself. Still, he comes over as a bit wooden in the larksome mix of fantasy, musical and moral lesson.

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Santa Fe Trail

Director: Michael Curtiz
Country/ Year: USA 1940



General Custer’s uniform sits just too well on Ronald Reagan, whom the jingoistic epic warps into a heroic fighter against the perceived threat of the abolition of slavery. Errol Flynn is at hisside.

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Angel and the Badman

Director: James Edward Grant
Country/ Year: USA 1947



Gunman John Wayne just longs to be solved by the love of a good woman. There could be no better one than the quaker daughter, who first charitably, then physically embraces the wounded shooter.

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Zorro’s Black Whip

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Wallace Grissel
Country/ Year: USA 1944



Just because Republic’s poverty-row-production never utters the crucial “Zorro”, this doesn’t mean it can’t have a masked black-clad whip-slashing rider fighting for justice. All in a ladylike way.

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Zorro’s Fighting Legion

Director: William Witney, John English
Country/ Year: USA 1939



“What Diego can’t do, Zorror can!” So let the masked hidalgo ride against the ignoble Don Del Oro. He plants rebellion in the hearts of the natives, while Zorro plants love in the heart of lusty Volita.

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One-Eyed Jacks

Director: Marlon Brando
Country/ Year: USA 1961



Rod Serling wrote a script which was rejected for Sam Peckinpah’s. Which was rejected again for that of Brando who also directed. If you want to know why only this one time, watch this.

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The Great Train Robbery

Director: Edwin S. Porter
Country/ Year: USA 1903



Within a dozen minutes, the trailblazing cowboy adventure packed a host of never-seen-before shooting techniques as well as some shoot-out sequences which still hold their spark.

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