Friday, August 01, 2014
Forgotten Books: The Western - Phil Hardy
This simply named, oversized book was recommended to me about 30 years ago by my friend and fellow author (and fellow B-movie enthusiast) Kerry Newcomb. It's a history of the Western movie, both A-movies and B-movies, but mostly what it is is just a listing of Westerns with cast and credits and plot summaries, along with the author's opinion of them. And it's wonderful. I don't always agree with Phil Hardy's assessments, but there's a wealth of information in the book and it pointed me to many films that I'd never seen before. I must have read the whole thing half a dozen times over the years, reading just bits and pieces at a time the way you do with such books. I believe it's out of print, but copies are still readily available on-line and if you're a fan of Western movies it's great fun just to dip into it now and then.