Robert Nott at Collected Works Bookstore

Collected Works Bookstore | 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Book Cover of Ride the High Country by Robert NottAt Collected Works Bookstore on April 30, author Robert Nott will delve into how the film Ride the High Country helped the Western genre mature and adapt to turbulent and changing times.

Director Sam Peckinpah was just starting out when MGM released Ride the High Country in 1962. He was a new kind of director: young, brash, and in a hurry to help the Western “grow up” by treating it with adult themes. Ride the High Country was something new and different, a changing Western to match a changing West. Stars Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea were old hands at this sort of thing. Ride the High Country gave the two veteran actors one last job to do and a chance to go out with some dignity.

Robert Nott is the author of The Films of Randolph Scott; Last of the Cowboy Heroes: The Westerns of Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy; and The Films of Budd Boetticher. He is also the coauthor, with Max Evans, of Goin’ Crazy with Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends (UNM Press). He has been a reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican for the last twenty-five years.