Recently America lost a legendary hero of cinema and Western film history, Harry “Dobe” Carey, Jr. I had the pleasure of interviewing Harry for an article my father, Jeb Rosebrook, and I wrote for Arizona Highways Magazine in honor of 60 years of John Ford filmmaking in Monument Valley celebrated in 1999.
Harry Carey, Jr. was one of the classiest men in Hollywood, and next to Maureen O’Hara, really one of the last great actors of the John Ford Company that made so many American classic films. Harry was a true Westerner, raised on his parents ranch north of Los Angeles, and next to Ben Johnson and Yakima Canutt, the best horseman on all of Ford’s Western films.
As a boy, growing up in Los Angeles, with blond red hair and freckles like Dobe, and a love of the West and horses, I always felt a kinship with Dobe as the young cowboy or trooper always working hard to earn his spurs.
Do you love a good Western? or is Science-Fiction your ticket to cinema fun? How about a little bit of both? Hollywood loves a new twist on an old theme, and “Cowboys & Aliens” has it all for the film buff who just can’t choose between “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” or “Predator” on AMC tonight! Well, like that good Chinese-Jewish deli in Burbank, Kosherama’s, where the corned beef on rye comes with crunchy chop suey noodles and won-ton soup, “Cowboys & Aliens satisfies the movie-goers desire for smorgasbord but afterwards the appetite is not as satiated as one had imagined. Nonetheless, if you love a beautiful Lady in a Stetson that knows how to handle a Colt .45, make sure and catch Olivia Wilde in “Cowboys & Aliens” at the multiplex before it heads to Blu-Ray or if you haven’t already, by your copy of True West at your local newstand with Bob Boze Bell’s great interpretation of John Wayne from outerspace on the cover!!