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A movie or television show about cowboys and frontier life

Common clues: Western; Grade-B western; Shoot-'em-up; Horse opera; Any Roy Rogers flick; Film with a stage?

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The Western is an American genre in literature and film. Westerns are art works – films, literature, television and radio shows, sculpture (particularly that by Frederic Remington), and paintings – devoted to telling stories set in the 19th Century American West (and sometimes Mexico, Canada or the Australian Outback, during the same time period), with the setting occasionally portrayed in a romanticized light.

Justus D. Barnes, from The Great Train Robbery

The popular perception of the Western is a movie that centers on the life of a semi-nomadic wanderer, usually a cowboy or a gunfighter, whose possessions include a canteen; period clothing that might include a large Stetson hat, a bandana, spurs and buckskins; a revolver or rifle; and a saddle, but not necessarily a horse. The horse itself, the "faithful steed", can be a major character in the story.

The technology of the era – such as the telegraph, printing press, and railroad – may be evident, usually symbolizing the imminent end of the frontier. In some "late Westerns", such as The Wild Bunch, the motor car and even the aero plane are referenced. Weapons technology is very evident and a recurring theme is the merit of the latest piece of "hardware", be it a repeating rifle produced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company or a Colt Single Action Army handgun.

The Western takes these elements and uses them to tell simple morality tales, usually set against the spectacular scenery of the American West. Westerns often stress the harshness of the wilderness and frequently set the action in a desert-like landscape. Specific settings include isolated forts, ranches and homesteads; the Native American village; or the small frontier town with its saloon, general store, livery stable and jailhouse. Apart from the wilderness, it usually the saloon that emphasizes that this is the "Wild West": it is the place to go for music (raucous piano playing), girls (often prostitutes), gambling (poker or five card stud), drinking (beer or whiskey), brawling and shooting.

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OATER (156) 26 We+ >1 06 Western

19 We >1 06 Horse opera

14 We+ >1 08 Shoot-'em-up

99 Grade-B Western

4 Tu- >1 98 Western flick

3 We >1 99 Cowboy flick

07 Grade-B western

3 We- >1 02 Many a John Wayne flick

3 We- >1 03 Mix flick

3 Tu >1 04 Western movie

2 Th CSy 07 "They Died With Their Boots On," for one

2 We CSy 08 Any Roy Rogers flick

2 We CSy 99 Clichéd western film

2 Fr LAT 06 Film with a stage?

08 Formula Western

2 Th >1 07 Many a John Ford film

2 We- NYT 04 Many a John Wayne film

2 Fr >1 03 Mix movie

2 Fr NYT 07 Old drive-in fare

2 Tu- >1 99 Western film

1 Th NYT 03 "Cattle Queen of Montana," e.g.

1 Th NYT 91 "Cheyenne," for one

03 "Cimarron" is one

1 Th WaP 00 "High Noon," for one

1 Fr NYT 95 "In Old Arizona," e.g.