Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Western Movie Taglines Blog Series - February Taglines - Some silly, Some funny, Some real groaners #movietaglines #westernmovies

My 2024 blogging series, Western Movie Taglines, began in January when I explained what a tagline is and gave examples of good non-western movie taglines as examples. Then I shared several disappointing taglines from western movies. 

January Movie Taglines

Here's how the rest of the year will go.

I compiled a list of 250 westerns and their taglines. From that 250, I plucked out the best 125 to share between February and December. These 125 taglines range from good to outstanding as far as doing justice to their corresponding movies.

For this month, and in no particular order, I'm sharing 15 western movie taglines that are:

  • clever or witty
  • a groaner
  • just plain silly

March through September, I will share 10 movie taglines each month.

October through December will be the Top 40 Countdown of Best Western Movie Taglines.

These 40 are the taglines that capture and sum up the heart of the movie in such a fabulous way that we're amazed at how a handful of words can be that powerful or theme-descriptive.

Also in December, I will

1) share taglines I've written for two western movies and one early-settling of the American frontier movie that deserved better taglines and,
2) offer a downloadable document of the 250 movies and taglines that I compiled.

February's Western Movie Taglines

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Not that it matters, but most of it is true.

Red Headed Stranger (1987)
He's a preacher... his blessing is a bullet!

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
If this story ain't true... it shoulda been.

North to Alaska (1960)
These were the adventurers...fighting, laughing, and brawling their way from Seattle to Nome!

Rio Bravo (1959)
JOHN WAYNE The big guy with the battered hat… and DEAN MARTIN the ragged woman-wrecked castoff called Dude… and RICKY NELSON the rockin' babyfaced gunfisted kid… AND TIME WAS RUNNING OUT THROUGH BULLET HOLES AT "RIO BRAVO"

Cat Ballou (1965)
It's that way-out whopper of a funny western... A she-bang to end all she-bangs!

Wild, Wild West (1999)
It's a whole new West.

Blazing Saddles (1974)
Never give a saga an even break. Mel Brooks and the West! Together for the last time!

Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)
It's kind of a western. He's sort of a cowboy.

The Rounders (1965)
The Wild West's biggest fall guys go head over heels... for a mean-eyed bronc... and some bare-backed fillies.

McLintock! (1963)
Wallops the daylights out of every western you've ever seen.

City Slickers (1991)
Yesterday they were businessmen. Today they're cowboys. Tomorrow they'll be walking funny.

Little Big Man (1970)
He was either the most neglected hero in history or a liar of insane proportion!

The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
That's what they called it in 1867.

Paint Your Wagon (1969)
Stake your claim to the musical goldmine of '69!

See you next time,
Kaye Spencer


  1. Replies
    1. 15 down and 110 more to go. haha The ones I'm sharing are the best of what I found, and let me tell you, there are some really awful taglines.

  2. Well...most of these are just godawful. I know times were different then, but I think they were still awful for those days. LOL I love that you put this all together for us, and I'm really looking forward to your posts each month! I need to go back and re-read these and shake my head some more...

    1. Yes. Most of them are groaners. The one for Rio Bravo is just so terrible. Rockin' baby-faced gunfisted... HAHA We'll still wade through some not so great taglines on our way to the Top 40.

  3. I enjoyed 'em. Love Westerns and the people who wrote 'em, acted in 'em, and had good and bad lines to deliver, including, "We''ll head 'em off at the Pass." --Big Jim...

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Big Jim. I love western movies for the reasons you stated. So many actors and actresses in the older westerns did the best they could with the script they were contracted to perform.

  4. These sure bring back memories and I could see the movies in my mind. Such fun. Thanky you. Doris

  5. Thank you, Kaye! My favorite: "If this story ain't true. . . it shouda been!" Great! All my best, John Porter

  6. Renaissance Women - (Reply button doesn't work for me right now) Browsing through the list of western movies on the Wikipedia article, which was a huge list, I went down memory lane, too.

  7. Meg - (Reply button is being a stinker) - It did become a bit of a drudgery activity reading through many more movies than the 250 I narrowed it down to, but it was fun in a nostalgic sort of way.

  8. John Porter ( Reply button... ugh) The Butch and Sundance tagline made me groan, because it was so understated and funny.