What Is a Western? City Slickers (1991) at The Autry introduced by Lynn Downey

The Autry Museum of the American West Wells Fargo Theater Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA 90027

Event free for Autry Members. Museum admission is included with ticket

Three New York City friends try to confront midlife crisis with a dude-ranch-style cattle drive from New Mexico to Colorado. A comedy of errors and adventures unfolds, cowboy style. The film adds a dose of wise counsel from trail boss Curly, played by Western genre stalwart Jack Palance, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this late role.

Introduced by Lynn Downey, author of American Dude Ranch: A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West
Directed by Ron Underwood | Starring Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, and Daniel Stern
Written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel


The What is a Western? Film Series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explain its significance in the genre.

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