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‘Yellowstone’: Gambling for Big Stakes

Courage is being scared to death … and saddling up anyway.                                                    —John Wayne From the 1930s to the 1960s, the western was the most popular Hollywood movie genre. At its high point, in the 1950s, westerns outnumbered all other genres combined. Stagecoach, by John Ford, was the biggest hit of 1939, and made John Wayne’s career. In Winchester ’73 (1950), Rock Hudson, heavily made-up, in one of his first performances, played an American Indian. (Today that wouldn’t be “correct”.) High Noon (1952) and The Wild Bunch (1969) were among many other blockbusters. Some subdivisions of the western movie include…

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