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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Johnny Mack Brown

JOHNNY MACK BROWN (1904-1974) Handsome leading man at MGM, Brown lost starring roles to Clark Gable and his contract was dropped. He moved to the smaller studios and became one of the top stars of B Westerns. When he retired in 1953 he had appeared in over 200 films.

Arizona Cyclone (1941)Haven't you seen Arizona Cyclone (1941)? This is a good example of the rough and tumble action Westerns that Brown appeared in. He always held his own against the bad guys such as Dick Curtis.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Divine Woman (1928) Brown played in this film with Greta Garbo and Lars Hansen.
Billy The Kid (1930) Brown may have been a little old for the Kid, but his performance was excellent and he didn't let Wallace Beery steal the film.
Canyon Ambush (1952) This was Johnny's last starring film.
Apache Uprising (1966) Brown made his final appearance in this A. C. Lyle production. Lyle brought a lot of old timers into several Westerns in the 1960s, like Brown, and Don "Red" Barry.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Mon, Oct 17 2005 / 11:18:58 PST