TV WESTERNS – PT27

TV WESTERNS – PT27

May 9, 2022 Alan Royle 4

                                                THE MONROES (1966-7) 26 EPISODES              Ma and Pa Monroe die in an accident in the first episode, leaving their five orphaned children to survive as a […]

TV WESTERNS – PT26.

TV WESTERNS – PT26.

April 15, 2022 Alan Royle 5

  THE MAN FROM BLACKHAWK (1959-60) 37 EPISODES                   It is generally believed that this short-lived series was created to take advantage of the popularity of ‘private eye’ television series such as 77 Sunset Strip at the time. It starred Robert Rockwell as Sam Logan, an insurance investigator from the Blackhawk […]

:TV WESTERNS – PT26

:TV WESTERNS – PT25

March 25, 2022 Alan Royle 3

  THE LONER (1965-6) 26 EPISODES                    By all accounts this short-lived series was of the highest quality. It never made it to Australia so I have never seen an episode, but it is nonetheless surprising that a series devised and written by Rod Serling, creator of the classic series The […]

: TV WESTERNS – PT24

TV WESTERNS – PT24

March 1, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE (1974-83) 204 EPISODES                         This long-running dramatic series was based (very loosely) on the books written by real life pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was born in 1867 and passed away in 1957. Her […]

.TV WESTERNS – PT23

TV WESTERNS – PT23

January 27, 2022 Alan Royle 0

    THE LEGEND OF JESSE JAMES (1965-66) 34 EPISODES       This series was shot in black and white by 20th Century Fox and released on the ABC network. It received an unprecedented volume of fan mail, most of it directed at the charismatic Christopher Jones, who starred as the […]

TV WESTERNS – PT22

TV WESTERNS – PT22

December 31, 2021 Alan Royle 6

  (L to R) Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith, Philip Carey LAREDO (1965-7) 56 EPISODES                 Laredo pretty much transposed the three British soldiers from the hit movie Gunga Din (1939) to the American West and turned them into Texas Rangers. In fact, the producers wanted the series to […]

TV WESTERNS – PT21

TV WESTERNS – PT21

December 16, 2021 Alan Royle 4

  KUNG FU (1972-5) 63 EPISODES                          Every once in a while some ‘genius’ comes up with a concept in the entertainment industry that goes against all expectations and becomes a hit. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one such […]

TV WESTERNS – PT20

TV WESTERNS – PT20

October 29, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  JUDGE ROY BEAN (1955-6) 39 EPISODES        Like many western series, this one is based on the life of a real person of the American Wild West, and liberally mixes fact with fiction. Phantly Roy Bean Jr (1825-1903) was a saloon keeper and Justice of the Peace in Val Verde […]

‘TV WESTERNS – PT19’

‘TV WESTERNS – PT19’

September 29, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  IRON HORSE (1966-8) 48 EPISODES                                                            Dale Robertson portrays Ben Calhoun, a fictional gambler who turns into a railroad baron after […]

‘TV WESTERNS’ – PT18

‘TV WESTERNS’ – PT18

September 14, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  HOTEL DE PAREE (1959-60) 33 EPISODES       It is odd that this series did not go into a second season, because it was certainly a western with a difference. The main problem, of course, was that saturation point for the western genre had been well and truly reached […]