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  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Hollywood Westerns and American Myth'

    In the 1957 movie "Decision at Sundown," Randolph Scott's amiable sidekick, Noah Beery Jr., says of the bad guy:"He's got that town in his fist, and he's squeezin' it hard." You could say the same of Robert B. Pippin and his subject matter. The professor of social thought at the University of Chicago runs classic cowboy movies through his interpretive wringer and, well, the results ain't pretty.

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