Friday, January 27, 2006

First gay cowboy movie? We reckon not

Friend of Whiskey Wednesday, Thomas Conner, discovers the secret (or not so secret) history of gay westerns. Well, done! Here's an excerpt:

"RED RIVER" (1948)

The couple: Matthew "Matt" Garth (Montgomery Clift) and Cherry Valance (John Ireland)

The scene: Matt and Cherry pause on the prairie to admire each other's pistols, stroking each other's barrels and murmuring, "Nice, awful nice." Cherry grins at Matt (Clift was gay in real life) and adds, "You know, there are only two things more beautiful than a good gun. A Swiss watch or a woman from anywhere. You ever had a good ..." -- their eyes meet -- "... Swiss watch?"

The subtext: "Red River" is the fountainhead of homos on the range. The Village People were subtler.

First gay cowboy movie? We reckon not [via]

RELATED: Brokeback boys (and girls) on Oprah. Malcontent has the video. Looks like a really good interview.


At 1/27/2006 6:39 PM, Blogger Schroger said...

Thomas is great... I hope he gets his blog up-and-running soon.


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