The Things Westerns Get Wrong About the Old West

Beginning with The Great Train Robbery in 1903, the Western has been one of Hollywood’s most definitive genres. These so-called “oaters” (cheaply-made films as common as oats for horses) would soon become the predominant staple for movie audiences over the next five decades.

At its core, Westerns usually depict life on the frontier during the latter half of the 19th century and feature the quintessential American icon: the cowboy. However, the narrative is based on several highly romanticized myths, blending fact and fiction from the Wild, Wild West.

This is an encore of one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube host Simon Whistler. Read the full list!

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