Paxton Holley and Michael May sit at the campfire to talk Westerns in film and other media.
El Dorado (1966)
After loving Rio Bravo, Michael and Pax come back for more with the similarly plotted Howard Hawks / John Wayne / Leigh Brackett classic El Dorado. Robert Mitchum steps in for Dean Martin, James Caan subs for Ricky Nelson, and Charlene Holt replaces Angie Dickinson, but how do the films compare?
The Tall Men (1955)
On this episode of Hellbent Mike and Pax discuss the 1995 western The Tall Men starring Clark Gable, Jane Russell, and Robert Ryan.
Duel in the Sun (1946)
Shawn Robare returns to help Michael and Pax discuss the David O. Selznick mess, Duel in the Sun, featuring a legendary cast, but also six directors, a terrible script, and a central relationship that no one (including the movie) cares about. Happily, that makes for a great conversation anyway.
Death Rides a Horse (1967)
This month Michael and Pax are joined by their good friend Shawn Robare to discuss the 1967 Spaghetti Western Death Rides a Horse starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law.
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
Evan Hanson returns to help Michael and Pax analyze The Sisters Brothers starring John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed.
(Deep apologies for the audio quality on Michael's microphone this episode. It was a technical issue that we were unable to correct, but we thought the movie and conversation were good enough that we wanted to release it anyway.)
5 Card Stud (1968)
On this episode Mike and Pax are joined by Evan Hanson to discuss 5 Card Stud starring Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, and Roddy Macdowell.
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I have now listened to around 6 podcasts and I love the way you discuss these movies. There are a few times when I may hold a completely opposite view, but that’s to be expected and serves to make me consider other views.
As an example, I think Matt in Red River was dead wrong. They took the word of one man that there was a railroad in Kansas. The whole state of Texas was dependent upon the success of the drive. What would have happened had there not been a railroad there? I’m not saying Dunson was right in some of the things he did, but taking the herd away was a huge risk. Also, it should have just been between Matt and Tom. Cherry should have kept his nose out of it. I wish Tom would have drilled him good at the end lol.
I like the way you bring many other pieces of information together in each podcast. Again, some I may not have interest in, but others may lead me to other movies, other actors, books, etc.
I look forward to watching along with you.
By Western Lovers for Everyone
Say what you will about Michael and Paxton but it’s clear they love the western genre. This is a great podcast if you want to introduced to films you haven’t heard of or if you want a fresh perspective on films you know.
Great show but beware the chili!
Found the show completely by accident while searching for something else over the Summer. Halfway thru one “trial” episode, I was hooked and have since devoured the backlist and anxiously await each new episode. I love that Michael and Pax are having real conversations about the movies and not just reading an IMDb list of tidbits like other shows do. They have their opinions, good and bad, discuss character theories, and they even recognize when a movie is just fun, check-your-brain entertainment. Worth listening to!