Stage Brings the Western to Life
stage melodramas add to a clear Western collection.
These plays, many set in the West, provide scenes of large-scale
action which includes horse riding, gunfights, fires and even train
crashes. The Western provides
the same action, only more detailed.
In 1872, Frank H. Murdoch's writes the play, �Davy
Crockett.� The play is enormously
successful. �The Great Train Robbery� has
been a stage play before becoming one of the very first film Westerns in
1903. The legitimate theatre,
in fact, feeds the cinema.
S. Hart, one of the great silent film movie stars, has appeared in the
1905 stage play �The Squaw Man.�
In 1914, the play
becomes one of the first feature ‑ length Westerns.
In 1907, Hart stars in the stage version of �The
He takes over the lead role from Dustin Farnum, who also goes on to
become a Western film star.