Theme Month! December 2014: Have a Hart


December of 2014 is a significant month for fans of western star William S. Hart. His first feature was released a century ago this month and he was born one hundred and fifty years ago. I couldn’t let this milestone month pass without paying tribute to everyone’s favorite Good Bad Man of the west.

What’s more, I am going to be featuring spoofs of Hart’s gritty west that star some of the best comedians of the silent era! Please enjoy. Oh, and if you have a little something special planned for Hart this month, let me know and I will link to you.

Big V Riot Squad is joining me in the Hart celebration.

To whet your appetite, here are my past reviews of Hart films. Also, I get a chance to be punny. I offer no apologies.

Dark Hart: The Toll Gate (1920) has Hart at his most menacing.

Burning Hart: Hell’s Hinges (1916) is perfectly apocalyptic.

I left my Hart in San Francisco: The Cradle of Courage (1920), in which Bill trades his Stetson for a copper’s cap.

Broken Hart: Bad Buck of Santa Ynez (1915) is a rare tragedy from our usually-victorious hero.

Review #1: New Hart

The Bargain (1914) set the stage for all subsequent Hart films. It’s also a darn good piece of entertainment that holds up remarkably well.

Review #2: Lying Hart

Keno Bates, Liar (1915) was Hart’s last short film and provides an unexpected bit of vamping, courtesy of Louise Glaum.

Review #3: Lloyd Goes West

Two-Gun Gussie (1918) is Harold Lloyd’s fun little short dealing with the perils of a jazz pianist in the oldish west.

Review #4: Arbuckle-Keaton-St. John Go West

Out West (1918) is a dark, morbid and violent send-up of William S. Hart’s grown-up westerns.


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