|American cowboy, circa 1888|
Fact vs. Fiction: The cowboy, an icon of the American West, is filled with half-real, half-mythical symbolism. The cowboy is depicted as being tough-as-nails with a stoic romanticism inspiring envy. His constant companion—his six-gun! His best friend—his mustang - horse, of course! His home—the open range.
|Cattle roundup, before barbed wire times|
What about the name...COW paired with BOY? Is it the cattle roundup that earned the 'COW' in his name? What about 'BOY'? All descriptors/historical records portray the cowboy as being anything but a boy. The title lends itself to visions of both cattle/cattle-tending work and age factors. Interestingly enough, the origin of the word in the English language is very old securing a place in recorded history prior to the year 1000. In antiquity, herding of sheep, cattle and goats was often the job of minors, and still is a task for young people in various third world cultures [Source: en.wikipedia.org].
The American cowboy has captured the hearts, minds and souls of millions of people. He has earned many names, including buckaroo, cowpoke, cowhand, cowpuncher, to name a few. His place in American history does not simply include recognition in history books but being immortalized within the senses of cinema. Keeping in tune with the Westerns (movies) think about how many times you have heard a cowboy pray. Did you know there's a whole category of prayers set aside only for cowboys? It's true. You don't have to take my word for it, simply click HERE...
Hail to the cowboy and Western movies!
Best line: “A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”"Shane! Come back!" "Shane" (1953) Little Joey cries out these words as Shane (Alan Ladd) rides off into the sunset. Sure, the mother seems to be interested in him, the father wants him to stay, and the kid has made him his idol, but Shane’s done what he needed to and, even though all he wanted to do was settle down, he has to move on. We see this theme of the gunslinger who can never escape his fate in dealing death many times in the Western genre.
To Johnny Depp - Way TOO much eyeliner! At least if Jay Silverheels invited you over for dinner, there would be no worry as to what's in the soup!
Head on over to Serendipity. You MUST read Marilyn's post about the new Lone Ranger when the movie was first released. FUN-NEE but holds a lot of truth! Westerns are just not what they use to be. Unless you grew up during the era of the classic Western, you just won't understand.
LOVING THE WESTERNS
Reviewing the Oldies: Along Came Jones (1945)
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