Below is an article on the 19th century California dish called "Hangtown Fry":
The state of California is not known for its cuisine. In fact, it has developed a reputation for bland and uninspiring dishes. It is a pity since the state has created some memorable recipes over the decades. One of them is the 19th century dish called Hangtown Fry. The latter is an omlette dish that originated sometime between 1849 and 1853 during the California or Rush. Although the dish has three origin tales, everyone does agree that...
Below is Part Three to my article about Hollywood's depiction about the westward migration via wagon trains in 19th century United States. It focuses upon "The Wagon and the Elephant", the third episode of the 1978-79 télévision miniseries, "CENTENNIAL":
"WESTWARD HO!": Part Three - "CENTENNIAL" (1978-79)
Between the fall of 1978 and the winter of 1979, NBC aired an adaptation of James Michner's 1973 novel, "Centennial". The twelve-part miniseries spanned 180 years in the history of a fictional...
"CENTENNIAL" (1978-79) - Episode Eleven "The Winds of Death" Commentary
A récent critic of "CENTENNIAL" once complained that the miniseries had failed to breach the topic of land environmental issues in an effective manner. auteur James Michener allowed this subject to dominate his 1973 novel. But this critic seemed to hint that producer John Wilder had plus ou less dropped the ball on this topic in the télévision adaptation.
Looking back at the précédant ten episodes, I do not know if I agree with that critic. I did notice that the subject of who was...
I have never read Charles Portis’ 1968 novel called ”TRUE GRIT”. And my only glimpse of Henry Hathaway’s 1969 film adaptation was of John Wayne charging horseback toward a band of outlaws, while armed with a weapon in both hands. So it was with great curiosity that I went to see Joel and Ethan Coen’s récent film adaptation of the novel.
”TRUE GRIT” told the story of 14 year-old Mattie Ross’s efforts to seek justice and retribution for the murder of her father in post-Civil War western Arkansas. Due to...
"THE OREGON TRAIL" (1976; 1977) Retrospective
Nearly forty-one years il y a saw the premiere of the NBC Western series called "THE OREGON TRAIL". Produced par Carl Vitale, Michael Gleason and Richard Collins; the series told the story about the westbound journey of an Illinois widower named Evan Thorpe and his family in the 1840s.
NBC aired a ninety (90) minute pilot episode of "THE OREGON TRAIL" in 1976. Rod Taylor portrayed Evan Thorpe, a widower with three children who had recently remarried. Blair Brown portrayed his newly married seconde wife,...
I have seen a good number of télévision and movie Westerns in my time. But I find it rather odd that it is hard - almost difficult - to find a well known story set during the California or Rush era. And I find that rather surprising, considering many historians regard it as one of the most interesting periods in the history of the American Old West.
Of the films and télévision productions I have come across, one of them is the 1935 Western, "BARBARY COAST". Directed par Howard Hawks and adapted from Herbert Asbury's 1933...
When I first set out to discover how many of auteur Louis L'Amour novels had been adapted for the films and television, I had assumed at least a handful had gone through this process. I was surprised to discover that many of his works had been adapted. And one of them turned out to be the 1982 télévision movie, "THE SHADOW RIDERS".
I have only seen two L'Amour adaptations in my life - "THE SHADOW RIDERS" and the 1979 two-part miniseries, "THE SACKETTS". Both productions seemed to have a great deal in...
"CENTENNIAL" (1978-79) - Episode Ten "The Winds of Fortune" Commentary
This tenth episode of "CENTENNIAL" called "The Winds of Fortune" marked the last one set in the 19th century. The episode also featured the end of several story lines - the troubles with the Pettis gang, Axel Dumire's suspicions of the Wendell family, Hans Brumbaugh's labor problems and Jim Lloyd's romantic problems with charlotte Seccombe and Clemma Zendt.
The range war that the ranchers began in "The Shepherds" finally gasped its last breath in this episode. The last...
Below is Part Two to my article about Hollywood's depiction about the westward migration via wagon trains in 19th century United States. It focuses upon the 1967 movie, "THE WAY WEST":
"WESTWARD HO!": Part Two - "THE WAY WEST" (1967)
Based upon A.B. Guthrie Jr.'s 1949 novel, "THE WAY WEST" told the story of a large wagon train's journey to Oregon in 1843. The wagon train is led par a widowed former U.S. Senator named William Tadlock (Kirk Douglas). A former mountain man named Dick Summers (Robert Mitchum)...