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Sunday, 12 July 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #83 – 12 July 1950

On 12 July, 1950, the western film Winchester ’73 went on general release in the US.  It had premiered the previous month.  

The cast included James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, John McIntire, and in early roles, Rock Hudson (25 years old) and Tony Curtis (also 25).

The film was shot in black and white and was directed by Anthony Mann.

The plot is a series of chapters held together by the over-arching story of the journey of the famous repeating rifle as it changes hands.

No overuse of the word here, it is a classic western.

It began a collaboration between Stewart and Mann that stretched over seven films, mostly westerns.

Winchester’73 was remade as a 1967 television movie. Dan Duryea, from the original, was in the cast. They shouldn’t have bothered. 


Sources: Various

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