My wife has an uncle named Arthur, who’s really old school. How old? The guy still likes to record gobs of TV shows and movies using a VCR. I’m at a loss at how he’s even able to find VHS tapes to keep recording with.
Arthur’s an old school western fan, too. He devours countless novels by the likes of Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour, Max Brand and a slew of other dead guys whose pulp paperbacks are generally found stacked in the back of musty used book stores. He might’ve read a lot of Alan La May’s stuff, too. La May’s arguably best-known as the author of The Searchers, which was later adapted into the classic John Wayne film.
Though he didn’t write that particular screenplay, La May cranked-out plenty for other oaters released during the genre’s heyday, most of which have been largely forgotten over time. Two of them, The Sundowners and High Lonesome, are typically-disposable westerns that seem right up Arthur’s alley, presumably because he grew up on this stuff. There’s no western revisionism here…just a few hours of good ol’ fashioned horseplay.
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