Retroist Podcast Episode 304 (Rustler’s Rhapsody)
Welcome to a journey back to the charmingly quirky world of 1985, where Rustler's Rhapsody graced the big screen and left audiences with a reaction that was, sadly, less than rhapsodic. However, sometimes a film's true charm takes a bit longer to shine through, and for many, like myself, who discovered this hidden gem on cable, it was love at first viewing.
Rustler's Rhapsody isn't just another Western parody; it's a loving tribute to the B Westerns of the 1930s and 1940s, capturing the essence of a bygone era, while making fun of it, with impeccable precision. Some may draw comparisons to the irreverent humor of Blazing Saddles, however, it's important to note that Rustler's Rhapsody had its own unique vision and intentions from the outset.
In this all-new episode of the Retroist Podcast, we embark on a journey deep into the heart of Rustler's Rhapsody. We'll explore the talented individuals who brought this cinematic treasure to life, both in front of and behind the camera. From the production challenges to the initial reception, we'll uncover the fascinating story behind this film.
And let's not forget the music! As always, the show is accompanied by the wonderful melodies provided by Peachy.
It's a mystery that Rustler's Rhapsody didn't enjoy immediate popularity, but perhaps its humor is so beautifully specific that it needed time to find its audience. Regardless of the reasons, this episode serves as an impassioned plea for viewers to give this film a second chance, or even a first if they missed it the first time around.
So, my fellow retro enthusiasts, I encourage you to take a leap back in time and revisit or discover the delightful world of Rustler's Rhapsody. It's a cinematic experience that's sure to put a smile on your face and make you appreciate the art of the B Western in a whole new light. Yeehaw!
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