Harry Arthur Gant lived at the intersection of the Old West and the New
He was a cowboy during the 1890s. He saw at first hand the hard work,
the hard fun, and the occasional violence of that place and time. He
knew cattle barons and horse thieves, con men and hustlers. As
civilization spread through the Old West, he worked with the Wild West
Shows that helped perpetuate the legends of that country. He was a guy
who could get things done.
When the first film makers came around, he soon became indispensable to
them, and then followed them to the New West. With a new set of skills
in the silent film era, he helped perpetuate the new form of legend that
came out of Hollywood. He knew stars and extras, more con men and
hustlers, movers and shakers.
He tells his story with a distinctive mix of Old West plain speaking and
New West sophistication, with the rough edges left on. This memoir
spans two of the most fascinating parts of America's past.