Yeah, I watch ‘em. Mostly old westerns, some old WWI and WWII movies and Civil War movies. I also watch other stuff, but those are the focus here.
As much as I like watching these old movies, my main concern is with how the sets are built. Now, I’m not a set builder or even in that business, but I do notice how the sets and props are built… and sometimes get kind of obsessive about it.
What I look at is how the joints are made, the ‘antique’ finishes and the general design.
Some of my favorites are the ‘B’ grade cowboy shows filmed at Spahn Ranch or in Inyo County, Ca during the 1930’s until the 1950’s. I those you will see actual houses that people lived in an had an aged appearance.
I was watching a Gene Autry flick just last night and there was a Hoosier cabinet that was obviously original and well built. I would love to be able to duplicate that work some day.
Oh, and yeah, I REALLY like to watch Encore Westerns for other stuff besides the building design…..... kinda!
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