‘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 […]

TV WESTERNS – PT17.

TV WESTERNS – PT17.

August 21, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  THE HIGH CHAPARRAL (1967-71) 97 EPISODES                                The series was created by David Dortort, the man who had previously created Bonanza for NBC. Big John Cannon (Leif Erickson) runs the family’s High Chaparral Ranch in Arizona Territory in the 1870s, aided by his brother Buck (Cameron Mitchell) and son […]

TV WESTERNS – PT16

TV WESTERNS – PT16

August 3, 2021 Alan Royle 5

  HAWKEYE & THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1957) 39 episodes                              This was yet another short-lived western series from the 1950s, one that lasted just a single season although, by most accounts, it probably deserved a better fate. Its star was a charismatic actor named John Hart (1917-2009), who […]

TV WESTERNS – PT15

TV WESTERNS – PT15

June 16, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  GUNSMOKE (1955-75) 635 EPISODES (L to R) – Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake, James Arness & Milburn Stone                         James Arness almost did not take the Marshal Matt Dillon role in Gunsmoke after people in the industry warned him that […]

TV WESTERNS – PT14

TV WESTERNS – PT14

May 23, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT (1967-9) 50 EPISODES         Old Will Sonnet (played by Walter Brennan) is an ex-cavalry scout and gunfighter who roams the West with his grandson, Jeff, (played by Dack Rambo), in search of his son and Jeff’s father, James Sonnett, a former lawman and gunfighter. James […]

TV WESTERNS – PT13.

TV WESTERNS – PT13.

March 15, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE GENE AUTRY SHOW (1950-6) 91 EPISODES                    This show was never aired in my hometown of Perth, Western Australia, more than likely because there was no shortage of TV western series available at the height of the genre. Gene, his […]

TV WESTERNS – PT12.

TV WESTERNS – PT12.

January 16, 2021 Alan Royle 5

  F TROOP (1965-7) 65 EPISODES                                                                                                  The now iconic western comedy series F Troop (1965-7) has achieved a status not unlike that of the original Star Trek series that ran from 1966 -9. Both series were short-lived back in the sixties, but gained cult status decades later. It […]

TV WESTERNS – PT11.

TV WESTERNS – PT11.

December 11, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  THE DEPUTY (1959-61) 76 EPISODES                                        This short-lived series starred screen legend Henry Fonda, not in the title role, however, but as Chief Marshal Simon Fry of Silver City in the 1880s. Allen Case plays Deputy Clay McCord who keeps order while Fry is out of town. Fonda’s […]

TV WESTERNS – PT10.

TV WESTERNS – PT10.

November 17, 2020 Alan Royle 0

DANIEL BOONE (1964-70) 165 EPISODES         The television series entitled Daniel Boone, starring Fess Parker in the title role, was so popular it continued on for six seasons on NBC, and ran for 165 episodes. The only place it was not popular was at the Kentucky Legislature, the […]