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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Friday, July 21, 2006


Hoot GibsonHOOT GIBSON (1892-1962), born Edmund Richard Gibson, earned the nickname Hoot while working as a delivery boy for the Owl Drug Co. He became a real cowboy and earned the title "World's All-Around Best Cowboy" at 20. He drifted into pictures around 1910 along with Tom Mix as extras. Eventually he developed a light, humorous persona and became a popular star in silent and early sound Westerns and part of John Ford's stock company.

Straight Shooting (1917) picture not available

Haven't you seen Straight Shooting (1917)? [aka: Joan of the Cattlelands] This is John Ford's earliest surviving film. Gibson supports star Harry Carey.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Powdersmoke Range (1935) Gibson, Harry Carey and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams starred in this adaptation of the novel by William Colt MacDonald. The characters, known as the Three Mesquiteers lasted through many films played by actors including John Wayne, Bob Steele, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune and others. The supporting cast features a Who's Who of B Western stars.
Cavalcade Of The West (1936) Hoot stars with Rex Lease as brothers separated since childhood. Of course one was brought up as an outlaw. (And it ain't Hoot!)
Trigger Law (1944) Here Hoot supports Bob Steele. After this the parts got smaller and fewer between.
Horse Soldiers (1959) Hoot has a small but showy role in this John Wayne/John Ford collaboration. He had one more bit in Oceans 11 in 1960, but better to regard this as his last film. It was a fine farewell to his fans.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Thurs, Jun 29 2006 / 18:49:11 PST

Portrait photo supplied by "Eric Jamborsky": 1920s "Obsequito Cerveza Polar" Premium Card, Havana, Cuba.