Singer/dancer/actress Lola Falana appeared on The Muppet Show during the fourth season, according to Muppet Wiki. From what I’ve read about her, Falana was a pretty big deal back in the 70s. She had her own television show (available on DVD) and was a major attraction in Las Vegas. If you go to about the 5:00 mark on the following clip from The Muppet Show, you can get a look at some of her moves:
Lola Colt is the only western that Falana ever acted in. It’s also the only western I know of that is an Italian production starring an Afro-Cuban woman who was born in Philadelphia. For some reason, Lola Colt reminds me of the film Viva Maria!, starring Jeanne Moreau and Brigitte Bardot. Maybe it’s because both movies involve women who sing and dance, as well as fight for justice with the barrel of a gun. Strangely, Lola Falana performs songs that sound like 70s funk (like above) rather than what one would expect in a period western. Moreau and Bardot’s musical number is more appropriate for the time.
Bite the Bullet has not one, but two actors who were guest hosts – James Coburn and Candice Bergen (seasons five and one, respectively). It’s about a grueling horse race with a colorful group of competitors who learn some lessons about life during their adventure. The main focus is on the friendship/rivalry between Coburn and Gene Hackman‘s characters. This is James Coburn teaching Animal to meditate on The Muppet Show:
Candice Bergen plays the only female competitor in the race. This clip from her guest appearance fittingly makes a feminist statement about gender roles:
Canadian director Guy Maddin was born on this day fifty-six years ago. I’ve seen a couple of his movies and they’re hard to mistake for any other director’s work. Here are some of his short films to give you a sense of his style (if you’re not familiar):
And here he is talking about some Criterion Collection favorites (his film Brand Upon the Brain! was released by Criterion):
HAPPY TRAILS, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Roy Rogers also was a guest host on The Muppet Show. It looks like he appeared in more westerns than all the other actors that I mentioned combined, going by his IMDb filmography. I’ll let him close the article: