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When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (1979)

This special, hosted by Glenn Ford and set in a western saloon, served as a reunion for many of the people who played in popular western series and films over the years, including cast ... See full summary »


Walter C. Miller




Credited cast:
Rex Allen ... Himself
Michael Ansara ... Himself
Joe Bowman Joe Bowman ... Himself
Neville Brand ... Himself
X Brands ... Himself
John Bromfield ... Himself
Peter Brown ... Himself
Pat Buttram ... Himself
Rod Cameron ... Himself
Iron Eyes Cody ... Himself
Chuck Connors ... Himself
Jackie Coogan ... Himself
Johnny Crawford ... Himself
Linda Cristal ... Herself
Ken Curtis ... Himself


This special, hosted by Glenn Ford and set in a western saloon, served as a reunion for many of the people who played in popular western series and films over the years, including cast members from "The Lone Ranger", "The High Chaparral", "The Virginian", "Lawman", and many others. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

5 June 1979 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$545,000 (estimated)
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Brad Marks Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Too Many Clips
22 August 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (1979)

** (out of 4)

Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger), Jack Kelly (Maverick), Peter Brown and John Russell (Lawman), Ken Curtis and Milburn Stone (Gunsmoke), John McIntire (Wagon Train), Doug McClure and James Drury (The Virginian), George Montgomery (Cimarron City), Barry Sullivan (The Tall Man), Jack O'Mahoney (Yaney Derringer), Guy Madison (Wild Bill Hickok) and Will Hutchins (Sugarfoot) are joined by Slim Pickens, Pat Buttram (The Gene Autry Show), Alan Hale, Jr., Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford (The Rifleman) as well as bad guys John Ireland, Denver Pyle, Lee Van Cleef and Neville Brand in this tribute to the various television cowboys.

Glenn Ford hosts this television reunion of some of the most famous actors to play Western characters on television. If you're a fan of these shows then you'll obviously enjoy getting to see how they looked at the time this was made and there's no question that it's rather cool getting to see everyone together. On top of the people i mentioned, several others make special appearances here so you've got a wide range of talent on display.

The idea to this special was a lot better than the end result however. I say this because the majority of the time we're just seeing clips from the television shows and none of the clips are overly entertaining. In fact, a lot of the clips are just the opening titles from the shows. You'd think that a special would make you want to watch the actual series but that actually doesn't happen here. There are a couple musical numbers thrown in here but the amazing number of talent is usually off camera or just get a couple lines. It's really too bad more wasn't done with them.

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