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Audio Tour - Blazing Guns & Rugged Heroes

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Curators of the special exhibit, Blazing Guns & Rugged Heroes, give a light-hearted take on the movies as they relate to Kansas history. Find out how to download these files to your MP3 player.

 

1. Welcome

Introduction by curators Laura and Blair, who explain how to use this audio tour. 
Film clip: Red River

 

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2. Kansas Westerns

How accurate are western films when it comes to Kansas history? Not very.

 

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3. Bad Company

The curators explore problems with the films Bad Company and Kansas Territory.
Film clip: Bad Company

 

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4. Rocky Lane

Laura tells us why she loves "Rocky" Lane and Blackjack.

 

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5. Frank & Jesse

The real James brothers were nothing like the Hollywood version.

 

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6. Jail

Hear about a real bad-guy turned good-guy turned bad-guy.

 

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7. Dark Command

The exciting world premiere for Dark Command was in Lawrence, Kansas.

 

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8. Always Bad

Quantrill was a dirty murdering snake, at least in the movie Dark Command.
Film clip: Dark Command

 

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9. Quantrill

Blair gives the inside scoop on the real Quantrill.

 

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10. Corduroy Cowboy

The curators talk about Bobby Darin's only western, Gunfight in Abilene, and Blair threatens to sing.
Film clip: Gunfight in Abilene

 

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11. John Brown

John Brown is curiously evil in the films Santa Fe Trail and Seven Angry Men.
Film clip: Santa Fe Trail

 

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12. Dodge City

Saloon girls and tables fly across the room in this classic screen brawl from Dodge City.

 

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13. Remakes

The curators are fascinated by a fake hand in Gunfight in Abilene.

 

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14. Gunsmoke

Blair and Laura struggle to describe the relationship between Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty in TV's longest running western.

 

2:08

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15. Red Ryder

I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Film clips: Vigilantes of Dodge City; A Christmas Story

 

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16. Musical Saw

Kansas had its own singing cowboy, Roy Faulkner, complete with musical saw.

 

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17. Roy Rogers

Laura discusses the mysteries behind an authentic Roy Rogers outfit featured in the exhibit.

 

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18. Sidekicks

Blair talks about great western character actors, including Walter Brennan.
Film clip: Red River

 

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19. Native Americans

The Cheyenne war lance in the exhibit is no movie prop, and the portrayal of Native Americans in westerns is no laughing matter.
Film clip: Vigilantes of Dodge City

 

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20. Harlem Cowboys

Blair is appalled by the way old western films stereotype minorities.

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21. Harvey Girls

Judy Garland is the shortest waitress ever in the movie Harvey Girls.

 

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22. Women

Blair thinks catfights are the only redeeming feature of movies like Woman They Almost Lynched.
Film clip: Woman They Almost Lynched

 

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More on How to Use These Files

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