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Monday Movie Madness: A Silent (Movie) Night

Broncho Billy's Christmas Dinner. Director: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson | Production Country: United States | Year: 1911 | Production Company: Essanay Film Manufacturing (United States) | FLM9313 | Film from the collection of Eye (Amsterdam) -

Hello, Posse!

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine involved an ambulance coming to the house because I am a danger to myself in the kitchen at times. Everything is fine and I will heal, but it is going to take some time and I think I will have a new scar for my collection. The good new is, it is not going to keep me from finishing the Christmas story and puzzle book I will be sending out free to everyone on my mailing list by midnight CST on December 22, 2021. So if you are not on the mailing list, go sign up on the bottom of any page of my website to get your free gifts this Christmas.

One fun thing I did this weekend was watch a great silent movie recommended in a blog from a man I am so blessed to be able to call a friend. JB Kaufman is a film historian and an incredible author. If you have any interest Disney films, I cannot recommend JB's books more! They are just incredible. Check out his website for more information about him and his collected works.

I had originally planned to introduce you to another in the series of Texas Ranger movies, but I put that off for January and decided to start off the western Christmas movies today by sharing the silent film JB introduced me to, Broncho Billy's Christmas Dinner. I am not going to go into the information on the studio or movies background. Instead, I am going to share the link to JB's blog. He has a much better presentation on that for you than I could ever provide. Read his blog here. The guy is a movie historian after all. I will, however, tell you about the plot.

Wanted outlaw, Broncho Billy, is a man on the run. He is wanted for robbing stagecoaches. The local sheriff is determined to catch Billy when he learns that he is in the area. The sheriff's daughter is on her way home from college to see her parents and just happens to be traveling by stagecoach. During a rest stop, the driver leaves the stage, as a few townspeople, who have started celebrating the holidays a bit early, start shooting off guns and spook the stagecoach horses. They take off with the Sheriff's daughter still aboard the runaway stage.

Broncho Billy is waiting beside the trail to rob the stage. As it goes past him, he realizes the horses are running away with the stage with a frightened young woman still aboard. Billy jumps on his horse, chases down the stage, and saves the day. The young woman is so grateful she invites Billy back to her home for Christmas dinner. The fun really starts when Billy realizes with whom he is about to have Christmas dinner.

This is a one reel movie that only runs about eleven and a half minutes. It is definitely worth a watch for the pure history of the craft if for no other reason. There is a link below to the full movie available on Eye Filmmuseum's YouTube channel.

Movie Snack Recipe

Since our movie comes from the Netherlands, I thought our movie snack recipe should too. This recipe comes from The Glutto Digest, Patatje Oorlog or Dutch War Fries (^^^ click for recipe).

This popular street food is an Indonesian-Dutch fusion that is quite popular in the Netherlands. There are many variations on this recipe, but this particular combination is said to be the most traditional. If you are wondering, those little wooden forks are often given with fries in the Netherlands and the rest of the EU.

Great Western Movies

Great western movies often come from great western books. Speaking of which, why not try reading my Into the West Saga Serial Collection (<---click to view books). Parts one through six are available now on and I'm currently writing the final installment of this saga, part seven, Into the West: Family Ties. It is currently set for a Spring 2022 release.

Don't forget, you can join my mailing list and never miss out on news or upcoming release dates. Just go to our subscribers page (<--- click here) and give us your name and email address. When you join up, you get to read the first chapter of Into the West: The Orphan Train for free. If you haven't read my books this is a great way to try them out with no risk to you or if you have Kindle Unlimited the entire Into the West Saga Serial is available to read free with your subscription.

If you sign up before midnight CST on Dec 22, 2021, you will get a free Christmas Companion book and a Free Family Fun book as well. It's filled with great puzzles, trivia, and more. The mailing list is free to join, quit anytime, no strings attached . . . ever!

What have you got to lose? Join us today and start reading!

But enough business, do you know what time it is now, posse? It's time to grab your snacks and settle in for another great western movie!




Broncho Billy's Christmas Dinner - Full Silent Movie


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