Rodeo legend, actor and stuntman Yakima Canutt blazed a trail as a champion bronco buster and rode to fame as a collaborator with John Wayne, who claimed to borrow his on-screen persona from Canutt's real one. This memoir, as told to John Crawford, relates Canutt's years on the rodeo circuit, his roles in silent westerns, and his craftsmanship in movie stunts on such epics as Stagecoach and Ben-Hur, as well as his family life and friendships.
photos, filmography, index
photos, filmography, index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a telling book of strong human character. At times rough, but so were the times. A great Christmas gift for any one interested in Rodeo, horses (excellent insight and training tips), movie stunt work in the silents, and early talkies. The companion book Stuntman is far more involved in the movie aspects and behind the scenes. I never felt put-upon in reading this. Many auto or biographical books embellish "slickly" or overtly to the reader the story, but not so here in my opinion. I felt that Yakima was sitting in his living room with me as though sharing with a life-lived some fascinating history that was personalized to me. I really would have liked to have known the man. He was more rough-n-tumble than me, but having spent good part of a life on horse &/or cattle outfits where life was stark, calloused, tough, and raw, Yakima would be the person you'd want to have your back, when the draw-down came. He did an enviable job as a father in raising his children...
This volume fills in a lot of Yakima's earlier years, in rodeo and growing up, that was only lightly covered in "Stunt Man". If You really want to know the man you have to read Both.
John did a great job on this book, couple mistakes but nothing serious. I have known the family since the late 1940's and miss my 2nd Mom & Dad very much. Their daughter & I are still best of friends to this day.
The authorised South African distributor of this product is under no obligation to honour the manufacture's guarantees/warranties or to provide after-sales service.
Please note that this item is imported from the USA, and is designed to be used in the USA. In addition, if the unit is powered it will come with a US plug and an adapter/transformer may be required. Please click here for more information on power requirements, or check with us if you are unsure or need any assistance!
Please also note that certain items cannot be imported, these include Alcohol, Animals, Batteries, Flammable Materials, Currency, Food, Furs, Chemicals, Explosives, Medications, Plants, Seeds, Supplements, Pressurized Cans, Tactical Equipment, Vitamins, Weaponry and Weaponry Accessories. In these cases, the item and information is displayed for reference purposes only. If you are not sure if we are permitted to bring an item, please send us an e-mail with a link to the item to confirm.
Please also ensure that you are ordering the correct item for your particular application as returns to the USA are costly. Product reviews are also provided for most of our items, which can give you a good idea for possible things to look out for and the quality of the item. By clicking Add to Cart, you are confirming that the item is correct and you accept the conditions listed here.