Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis interviews rodeo world champion Larry Mahan and film historians C. Courtney Joyner and Stuart Rosebrook about the realistic portrayal of twentieth-century rodeo and ranching life in movies, particularly in Roy Rogers’s final film, the newly restored Mackintosh and TJ.
Part of a series exploring the significance of the Western genre and the ways in which the movies shape our understanding of the American West.
What is a Western? Interview Series: Ranching, Rodeo and Roy Rogers Interested in learning more about the television shows, films, and ideas discussed in the interview? To Watch Mackintosh and TJ (1975) Roy Rogers stars as Mackintosh, a migrant cowboy traveling across the West Texas plains in his rundown pickup truck. While looking for work breaking horses, Mackintosh befriends T.J. (future ProRodeo Hall of Famer Clay O’Brien), a runaway teen. The two form an unlikely bond and find jobs together at a cattle ranch where Mackintosh impresses the owner with his bronco-taming skills. The 4K restoration is now available in a newly released Blu-Ray.
Original Article: https://theautry.org/wiaw/ranching-rodeo-roy-rogers