About Ghost Riders

Here at Ghost Riders we look closely at classic Hollywood westerns and discuss films, directors, actors and other filmmaking collaborators. We emphasis new critical writing on the genre and feature interviews with writers who are adding to the broad discussion on westerns. We also look at the music that is such an integral part of the appreciation of western films.


Ghost Riders: Ep 1 – Hearts of the West

The is our first episode of Ghost Riders.

In this episode film historian Rick Thompson and I look at Howard Zieff’s 1975 comedy Hearts of the West. This film is an affectionate look at a Iowa farm boy who wants to make it big as a western writer and who finds himself acting in 1930’s B-movie westerns. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Andy Griffith, Blythe Danner and Alan Arkin.

The cowboy song Git Along Little Dogies is used in the film and is featured in this podcast. Versions of the song by Pete Seeger and Suzy Bogguss are included. Haywire Mac (Harry McClintock), an early country and western singer is also included, as is Gene Autry.

Hearts of the West (1975)