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Paxton Holley and Michael May sit at the campfire to talk Westerns in film and other media.

Hellbent for Letterbox Michael May and Paxton Holley

    • TV & Film
    • 4.5 • 35 Ratings

Paxton Holley and Michael May sit at the campfire to talk Westerns in film and other media.

    The Frisco Kid (1979)

    The Frisco Kid (1979)

    Michael, Pax, and Shawn Robare travel with Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford in Robert Aldrich's The Frisco Kid.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Tin Star (1957)

    Tin Star (1957)

    On this episode Mike and Pax are joined by Shawn Robare to discuss the Anthony Mann western Tin Star (1957) starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Murder at Yellowstone City (2022)

    Murder at Yellowstone City (2022)

    Michael and Pax watch the recent Western whodunnit, Murder at Yellowstone City, starring Isaiah Mustafa, Gabriel Byrne, Thomas Jane, Anna Camp, Zach McGowan, and Richard Dreyfuss. It's a mystery and we spoil it, so please watch the movie before listening to our discussion.
    Pax also reads the next couple of Undertaker comics in his pile while Michael watches a couple of movies: the documentary Bitterbrush and Hell's Heroes, an early adaptation of the Three Godfathers story.   

    • 1 hr 34 min
    4 for Texas (1963)

    4 for Texas (1963)

    Mike and Pax delve into the 1963 comedy western 4 for Texas with the crazy good cast of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ursula Andress, Anita Eckberg, Victor Buono, Charles Bronson, and an appearance by The Three Stooges.  

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

    The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

    Michael picks a classic that he and Pax have never seen. It's swift justice versus sure justice in William A Wellman's The Ox-Bow Incident, starring Henry Fonda, Harry Morgan, Dana Andrews, and Anthony Quinn.
    Pax also reads Dead West by Rick Spears and Rob G, while Michael watches The Renegade Ranger (1938) starring Rita Hayworth and Tim Holt.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Slow West (2015)

    Slow West (2015)

    On this episode Mike and Pax discuss Slow West from 2015 starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-Macphee, and Ben Mendelsohn.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

USMC3037 ,

Good, but Cautious about the Wokeness

I recently found this podcast and like it very much, but I am hesitant about the occasional woke interjections. They don’t go as far as those other dbags of the Cinefiles. Putting things into context is fine, but the woke guilt whining of the Cinefiles guys made me turn them off. I hope these fellas keep up the good work.

Lord Bowler 2k3 ,

Best Western Podcast I've found!

This is a great Western podcast! I love westerns and have no one to share my thoughts with regarding good and bad westerns. Even some bad westerns have their moments. Michael and Paxton has had some great guests appearrances and are well informed about the westerns they talk about. Also, in each episode they talk about other things they are "westerning", including TV, comics, games, books, etc. A great way to expand your knowledge of westerns and explore westerns in other mediums!

The episodes will not bore you as they provide enough to interest you for an hour to an hour and a half! I've discovered some excellent westerns that I've never seen and I thought I'd seen all of the best westerns!

Merrimack-Kid ,

New Listener & Subscriber

The first episode I listened to was the man who shot liberty valance. I’ve err all I liked the episode. But I found it lacking in the a lack of placing it in the historical time period it takes place in. Specifically the flashback period is when the west was still wild and made up of territories not states. During this period there was little law that was enforced. It was the Wild West. When Ransom was believed to kill Liberty Valance he was then pushed into running for the single delegate to go to to Washington to work on getting the territory into a State. Years later after statehood and the state becoming civilized, he is coming back for the funeral as a Senator. It’s not because of the shooting it’s because he changer the territory for a significantly better future. This was the how our country became what it is. It’s a story that should be mandatory watching as part of US history.
Coincidently I listened to your magnificent seven episode today. This too needs to be place in the historical time. That is when the west was radically changing from the Wild West to the western US. Gunslingers like chris and vin no longer could make a living. Some did take jobs as federal Marshall’s but most just road off and disappeared or died. Like Chris and Vin they just no longer could fit in and could never settle down because of the life they lead.
Putting westerns into the historical timeframe is a key to fully understanding them.
All this said I do like and enjoy you podcast.

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