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The Wilder Ride is a podcast where we look to explore and celebrate the films of Gene Wilder, using the ​movies by minutes format. Your hosts are Alan Sanders and Walt Murray, getting Wilder by the minute.

Mar 14, 2019

We begin today's episode with a fade in to a day in the life of Rock Ridge. We also get the Ballad of Rock Ridge being sung to help advance the story. We get a kind of montage sequence to go along with the lyrics being sung about the town. The discussion moves to how each movie studio had their own Western town set for filming Westerns, but they were only shallow facades. Once an actor steps inside a building they would then move to a sound stage for interiors. While discussing the inside shots, we learn the bar, though decorated appropriately, is too big for what would have been typical for a Western town at this time. Moreover, cattle would not have been allowed and the idea that Anal Johnson kept things nice and clean by spitting into the cups is absurd and hysterical. By the end of the minute, Taggart and his ruffians begin working their number six on the good people of Rock Ridge.

We have two special guests today. Jim Dunham started his career in Hollywood doing cowboy stunt shows and has been a cowboy at heart ever since. He is a historian, artist, poet and performer as well as being a quick draw specialists and a trick gun artists. He currently works at the Booth Western Art Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate world class museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Dwayne Towns is a black cowboy, a Buffalo Soldier reenactor and an aficionado of black cowboy history in the old west.

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