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Monday Movie Madness: Red River Remake

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Hello, Posse!

So sorry about all the alliteration in the title. It could not be helped. I plus I'm tired and a little loopy. P.R. is on a business trip and I never sleep well when P.R. is on the road. I used to enjoy always being alone and being so independent until I finally met someone I actually love being around all the time. It is still so surprising to me how much I miss P.R. when these business trips come up.

One thing that I can do while P.R. is out of town, is devote all my time to writing. I plan to finish part six: Into the West: Last Showdown this week and get it off to Greg, my editor asap! I want to put it up for sale by the 19th. Keep your fingers crossed. But now, on to today's movie.

As that title of the blog implies, we are talking about the 1988 remake of Red River. If you remember, the original movie was released in 1948. It was directed and produced by Howard Hawks and stared western legend, John Wayne, and Montgomery Clift. The Red River is based on a serial story (you know I love serials), Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail by Borden Chase which was published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1946.

This remake was directed by Richard Michaels and stars James Arness and Bruce Boxleitner. The supporting cast includes Gregory Harrison, Stan Shaw, Laura Johnson, Ray Walston, Robert Horton, L.Q. Jones, Zachary Ansley, Jerry Potter, and Burton Gilliam. The film also features cameos from Western stars Ty Hardin and Guy Madison.

As with the original movie, the story follows a crew of men hired by a Texas rancher, Thomas Dunson (Arness), to drive the first herd of cattle from Texas to Kansas on the Chisholm Trail. Along the way, there are disagreements and altercations between Dunson and his adopted son, Matthew "Matt" Garth (Boxleitner) over just how the drive should be handled.

This remake made the cast addition of a black actor as one of the cowboys on the trail. Many people do not realize how historically accurate this actually is. According to the Smithsonian, at least 1 in 4 cowboys it the Wild West were black. This reality deserves representation to ensure history is always accurately portrayed and also provided an opportunity to discuss the racial issues of that era. While John Wayne's version is still considered the better film adaptation, this 1988 version is still very well received and worth the time to check it out.

Movie Snack Recipe

I was searching for a quick and easy bite-size beef appetizer for today's movie snack recipe, but then I came across this and just had to share it. This recipe comes from the Pillsbury site and uses their ready made bread dough to make this recipe super easy to make.

This Cheesy Taco Beef Sandwich by Pillsbury could easily be made vegetarian or even vegan. If you don't like taco burgers you can also leave out the taco seasoning and just make this a cheeseburger ring. There are so many variation you could do with this recipe. I love recipes that are like that. This recipe will be great for movie night, a party snack, or a fun family dinner.

Great Westerns

Remember, many great western movies started out as great western books. If you haven't already, why not read my Into the West Saga Serial Collection (<---click to view books). Parts one through five are available now on and I'm currently writing part six, Into the West: Last Showdown. It is currently set for a September release and part seven, the final book in this serial, is slated for a Christmas release (cross your fingers).

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You know what time it is now, posse! It's time to grab your snacks and settle in for another great western movie!



Robert Horton as Cattle Buyer in Red River (1988)

I could not find a trailer for this film but I did find this clip from the movie.


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