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horse opera

A film or theatrical production about the American West (i.e., a western), especially one that is clichéd or formulaic. My grandfather and I had a tradition of watching old horse operas every Sunday on TV.
See also: horse, opera

horse opera

n. a Western movie. (see also oater.) They’re showing a series of old horse operas at the theater tonight.
See also: horse, opera
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It is an easy recommendation for the contemporary adult reader who enjoys the Western horse opera style and feel.
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evil horse opera where good looks and good shots come together for the good of mankind.
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