As some of you already know, my father passed away from cancer a little over a year ago (actually right after I started this blog). I have been inspired by Jenners’ Reading for Dad Project and I would like to begin a project of my own to honor the memory of my own father and to feel a connection with him again. I have chosen to both read books and watch movies as a way to connect with my father. He was a huge Western fan in both books and movies and so that will be the overriding theme.
I am choosing to read 4 books and watch 5 movies. I am sure John Wayne will be represented, as well as author Louis L’Amour- both favorites of my dad. I am not giving myself a set timeline for this project because that would seem counter-productive to the healing process and connection process. But I am hoping to read or watch something on a pretty regular basis. You can look for updates in my sidebar with all of my challenges.
After her husband dies in disrepute, an attractive widow (Ann-Margret) hires gunslinger Lane (John Wayne) to recover a cache of stolen gold and clear her family name. The two set out for Mexico in search of the loot, but the journey proves more perilous than they expected. A mysterious horseman and a violent group of bandidos are also in pursuit of the gold in this shoot-'em-up that will keep you guessing.
A largely forgotten action-adventure gem, The Professionals teams Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Burt Lancaster with more star wattage than most Westerns have ever marshaled. Hired to retrieve kidnapped Claudia Cardinale from bandito Jack Palance, these pros shoot, rope and ride all over northern Mexico. Gorgeous cinematography from Conrad L. Hall (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) makes The Professionals ideal summertime entertainment.