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The Phantom Herd (Flying U #6)

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Luck Lindsay tries to persuade the film company for which he is general manager to make a Western showing nineteenth-century life as it really was on the prairie. When his bosses reject the idea, claiming the public wants only stock, melodramatic Westerns, Lindsay produces his own film with the help of the owners of the Flying U Ranch.

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Published May 17th 2012 (first published 1916)
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A truly unusual tale. Luck Lindsay, film director, sets out to make a film that is actually realistic of what the West was like, instead of being a sensationalism thereof. The Happy Family boys and some of their friends are his actors. There are many difficulties along the way, some of which bid fair to be insurmountable.

This contains lots of details about how vintage films were made. I found that part lengthy, even while it was interesting. This would be of interest to anyone who loves
Aug 15, 2014 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-westerns
Novels about the early days of western movies are few and far between. B. M. Bower more than makes up for that in this story of a Hollywood filmmaker, much like William S. Hart. In Bower’s novel, director Luck Lindsay wants to make a film about the real West of the open range days, not the shoot-em-up “bunk” currently being released to the public...

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Bertha Muzzy Sinclair or Sinclair-Cowan, née Muzzy, best known by her pseudonym B. M. Bower, was an American author who wrote novels, fictional short stories, and screenplays about the American Old West. Her works, featuring cowboys and cows of the Flying R Ranch in Montana, reflected "an interest in ranch life, the use of working cowboys as main characters (even in romantic plots), the occasional ...more
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