Universal Sound Westerns, 1929–1946

The Complete Filmography


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About the Book

After Fox released In Old Arizona, the first feature length western with sound, in 1929, Universal president Carl Laemmle decided that Universal’s westerns should follow suit. Beginning that same year, with the release of The Wagon Master starring Ken Maynard, up until 1946, when the studio merged with International Pictures, Universal Pictures captivated audiences with its sound westerns. Individual entries for the approximately 180 feature films and serials released by Universal during that period are presented here. Each entry includes the film’s title release date, alternate title, cast, credits, songs, location of filming, running time, source if the film was an adaptation, plot synopsis, commentary from the author and from the actors and directors, representative excerpts from reviews, and a tag line from the original advertising. Also provided is a chronological listing of Universal’s short western films and a chronological listing of Universal’s sound westerns.

About the Author(s)

A retired pharmacist, Gene Blottner has written for such publications as Western Clippings and Under Western Skies. He is the author of several books with McFarland and lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Gene Blottner
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 447
Bibliographic Info: 64 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [2003]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6079-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0678-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1
Historical Overview      5
The Western Films      9
The Western Short Films of Universal      389
Alphabetical Listing of Universal Sound Westerns      395
Chronological Listing of Universal Sound Westerns      401
Selected Bibliography      407
Index      411

Book Reviews & Awards

“a treasure trove of valuable reading and research”—Western Clippings; “a mountain of reference material…well researched data…interesting facts…very enjoyable read”—The Old Cowboy Picture Show; “valuable resource”—ARBA; “essential details…enlivened…with testimony”—The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk); “truly invaluable”—Suite101.com.