Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Western Justice – Josey Wales Style

July 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Bob W. Zierman

What does the western film genre have to say about standing up to the law? Well, if you equate lawyers as gunslingers, it says quite a bit. A number of classic westerns demonstrate this relationship.

George Stevens’ 1953 film “Shane” is a black-and-white tale filmed in Technicolor. Homesteading ranchers, who have legitimately settled their happy valley under the Homestead Acts, are being driven off their claims by a cattle boss and his no-good, gun-toting boys. But more or less out of nowhere comes the gunfighter Shane who wants to do the right thing and protect the decent folks ... with particular regard to...

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