A sister publication to BLOOD 'N' THUNDER, this spin-off covers motion-picture Westerns from the dawn of the silent-film era up to the present day, with a special concentration on "B" Westerns of the Thirties and Forties. The first issue, being a trial balloon, reprints material previously published in BLOOD 'N' THUNDER. Leading off is a comparison of two Tom Mix silents, THE UNTAMED and JUST TONY, to the Max Brand pulp novels from which they were adapted. A behind-the-scenes look at the production of THE LONE RANGER, a 1938 Republic serial, features extensive quotes from co-director William Witney. Our lengthy piece on the first Hopalong Cassidy film offers a detailed chronology of the events that produced the inaugural entry in this long-running series. Likewise, a similar article explains at great length how Republic Pictures took Ohio farm boy Leonard Slye and transformed him into Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys. The bulk of the issue is devoted to a comprehensive history of legendary Western author Zane Grey's involvement with Hollywood -- a relationship that spawned over a hundred motion pictures. These articles have been extensively researched, and they present much heretofore unreported information. BLOOD 'N' THUNDER'S WESTERN MOVIE ROUNDUP is illustrated with well over 100 reproductions of vintage photos, posters and lobby cards. Many of the stills are candid, never-before-published shots taken during production of the films discussed.
About the Author:
Ed Hulse has been a journalist and film historian for over 30 years. His essays, reviews and news stories about the home-video and motion-picture industries have appeared in such mainstream publications as PREMIERE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE NEW YORKER, and the NEW YORK TIMES, as well as the trade journals VARIETY, MILLIMETER, VIDEO BUSINESS, and THIS WEEK IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. During the late 1980s his work was syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. For four years he edited a monthly magazine, VIDEO REVIEW'S PREVIEWS. He co-edited (with Packy Smith) the revised and expanded 1994 version of DON MILLER'S HOLLYWOOD CORRAL and was contributing editor to LEONARD MALTIN'S MOVIE ENCYCLOPEDIA. Between 2000 and 2007 he was the lead critic and celebrity interviewer for the Film/Video section of Barnes&Noble.com. Hulse is the author of THE FILMS OF BETTY GRABLE, FILMING THE WEST OF ZANE GREY, THE BLOOD 'N' THUNDER GUIDE TO COLLECTING PULPS, and DISTRESSED DAMSELS AND MASKED MARAUDERS. For nearly four years he hosted MOVIE MANIA, the nation's first public-access cable TV show devoted exclusively to movies. For many years he has participated in the Lone Pine Film Festival and edited its annual journal, LONE PINE IN THE MOVIES.