TCM Announces Month-Long Western Themed Programming Special
Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns Begins July 5 & Airs From Sun-up to Sundown Every Tuesday & Wednesday in July
Hosted by Keith Carradine
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) pays tribute the oldest film genre, and perhaps most classically American, with Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns, a month-long programming special featuring more than 100 of the greatest Western movies ever made. Hosted by acclaimed actor and Academy Award® winning songwriter Keith Carradine, programming begins July 5th and airs from sun-up to sundown every Tuesday and Wednesday in July.
Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns will feature themed programming including:
- The Early Years (July 5) – in addition to The Great Train Robbery (1903), these pioneer Westerns include The Squaw Man(1914), the first producing-directing effort by the legendary Cecil B. DeMille
- John Wayne/John Ford (July 5) – takes a look at the partnership of the quintessential Western star and director which encompassed 14 films ranging from Stagecoach(1939), the pairs first collaboration, to The Searchers (1956), which many consider the team’s greatest masterpiece
- Directed by Sam Peckinpah (July 6) – provides examples of the iconic director’s work including Ride the High Country (1962) and The Wild Bunch (1969), which was noted for taking the Western into unprecedented levels of violence
- Epic Westerns (July 12) – includes the Kirk Douglas vehicle The Big Sky(1952) and MGM’s How the West Was Won(1962), a multi-part, star-heavy epic originally filmed in Cinerama
- Singing Cowboys (July 13) – a staple of the 1930s and ‘40s in a series of modest and innocently entertaining Westerns, many of them starring Gene Autry or Roy Rogers
- Spaghetti Westerns/Clint Eastwood (July 19) – includes two TCM premieres - A Bullet for Sandoval (1970) and Red Sun (1971) - and overlaps with the “Starring Clint Eastwood” theme, which includes Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western classics A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1968)
- Western Comedies (July 26) – ranging from Go West (1925), starring Buster Keaton, to Hearts of the West, starring Jeff Bridges, as a writer who becomes a star of B Westerns
- Great Barroom Brawls (July 26) – highlighting the legendary and elusive Shane (1953), directed by George Stevens and starring Alan Ladd
- True Stories? (July 27) – includes far-fetched accounts of Western legends such as Billy the Kid (1941) and Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
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Keith Carradine Bio
Keith Carradine has starred in over seventy feature films, five Broadway shows and has released two LP Albums of his music. His song “I’m Easy” from Nashville won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for “Best Song” and was a Billboard Top Ten single.
Carradine has been chosen repeatedly by some of our best and most daring filmmakers to star in their films. Among those are Robert Altman for McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us and Nashville; Alan Rudolph for Welcome To L.A., Choose Me and The Moderns and Walter Hill for The Longriders and Southern Comfort. Other notable film credits include Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby and Ridley Scott’s The Duellists.
This spring he will work again with director Alan Rudolph, in the film Ray Meets Helen, opposite Sondra Locke. Recent film appearances include Terrence Davies’ A Quiet Passion,Ain’t Them Bodies Saints opposite Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara and Cowboys and Aliens opposite Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.
He stars currently as President Conrad Dalton on the CBS hit series, Madam Secretary opposite Tea Leoni, soon to begin its third season. Other recent and notable television series roles include Wild Bill Hickock on HBO’s Deadwood, Special Agent Frank Lundy on Showtime’s Dexterand Lou Solverson, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, on FX’s Fargo.
Keith Carradine began his career on stage, starring in the original Broadway production of Hair. He won an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in Foxfire with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. He created the title role in the original Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies, receiving both a Tony nomination and Drama Desk nomination as “Best Actor in a Musical”. In 2013 he was again nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of J.D. Drew in Hands on a Hardbody. He starred in the New York City Center “Encores” production of Lerner and Loew’s Classic, Paint Your Wagon. The cast album was released on the Sony Classical Masters label on May 27 of this year.
He is married to actress Hayley DuMond.