A pictorial history of the movies (1943)

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THE SILENT BATTLE (1916) 71 The stagecoach holdup and die chase were sure-fire and practically obligatory episodes in any proper Western. Ken Maynard (left) is chasing, or being chased (take your choice), in The Devil's Saddle (1927). The pianist is playing the overture to Wil- liam Tell. ABOVE RIGHT The nice thing about Westerns was that they put no intellectual strain on the audience. You had merely to look, without bothering to think. Incidentally, the looking was well worth the trouble, as witness this still of Fred Thomson on his famous horse, Silver King. BELOW One feature that made the Westerns popular throughout the world was that American Western landscapes offered ready-made sets unequaled in any other country for picturesque grandeur. The shot above, from The Devil's Saddle, rather dwarfs the fracas between Ken Maynard and Tom Bay on top of the butte.