Bibliographic Details

The encyclopedia of westerns / Herb Fagen ; foreword by Tom Selleck ; preface by Dale Robertson.

Author / Creator Fagen, Herb.
Imprint New York : Facts On File/Checkmark Books, c2003.
Description xx, 618 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Language English
Series Facts on File film reference library
Subject Western films -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Spaghetti Westerns -- Encyclopedias.
Spaghetti Westerns.
Western films.
United States.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
ISBN 0816044562 (hc.)
0816044570 (pbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 542-543) and index.
Review by Choice Review

Western films have been around for a century now, and this newest reference book about Westerns has some 3,500 entries for films in alphabetical order. Entries supply the production company, release date, running time, and brief cast and crew lists. The book's appeal lies in its plot summaries and evaluations (which not every entry has). Five appendixes list spaghetti Westerns (many released 1965-72), Westerns nominated for Academy Awards (arranged by year), film titles and the books that they were based on, and films from the sound and silent eras that did not merit full coverage. The book has more than 100 black-and-white illustrations, cross-references, and a selective bibliography. The late author also compiled White Hats and Silver Spurs: Interviews with 24 Stars of Film and Television Westerns of the Thirties through the Sixties (1996), which provided some details used in this work. Libraries that have Phil Hardy's heavily illustrated The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Western (1994), which lists some 1,700 films arranged by decade, will want to give serious consideration to Fagen's work. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All reference collections. D. K. Blewett College of DuPage

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