TV WESTERNS – PT37

TV WESTERNS – PT37

October 4, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  STORIES OF THE CENTURY (1954-5) 39 EPISODES               This series was set in the American West (from the 1850s through to 1900), much of the footage being lifted from various westerns turned out by Republic Pictures over the years, via that studio’s subsidiary, Hollywood […]

TV WESTERNS – PT36

TV WESTERNS – PT36

September 22, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  SKY KING (1952-59) 72 EPISODES                       Beginning as a radio show in 1946, Sky King evolved into a television series six years later. And a popular one at that. It starred Kirby Grant as Arizona rancher and aircraft pilot Schuyler ‘Sky’ King, a character said to have been based […]

TV WESTERNS – PT35

TV WESTERNS – PT35

September 7, 2022 Alan Royle 7

  SARA (1976) 12 EPISODES                                    This series of just twelve sixty-minute episodes starred Brenda Vaccaro and was based on the novel The Revolt of Sarah Perkins by Marian Cockrell. Set in Independence Colorado in the 1870s, the show sees Brenda portraying an unmarried schoolteacher, Sara Yarnell, who gives up her […]

THE ‘L’ WORD.

THE ‘L’ WORD.

August 22, 2022 Alan Royle 4

  THE ‘L’ WORD (2004-9)                  A couple of weeks ago I was skimming through ‘STAN’, looking for something light to watch, when I came across this series. I hurriedly assumed the ‘L’ stood for ‘love’ and, since it starred Jennifer Beals (an actress I have always admired), I decided to […]

TV WESTERNS – PT34.

TV WESTERNS – PT34.

August 19, 2022 Alan Royle 2

                THE ROUNDERS (1966-7) 17 EPISODES                        MGM churned out this series in an endeavour to capitalize on the popularity of the 1965 comedy western of the same name that starred Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda. Unfortunately, the series did not feature stars of […]

TV WESTERNS – PT33

TV WESTERNS – PT33

August 7, 2022 Alan Royle 2

    RIVERBOAT (1959-61) 44 EPISODES                  Darren McGavin & Burt Reynolds in Riverboat  Set in the nineteenth century, mainly on the Mississippi River, this series follows the adventures of Captain Grey Holden (Darren McGavin) after he wins a river boat in a poker game. Burt Reynolds, in his television debut, plays […]

TV WESTERNS – PT32

TV WESTERNS – PT32

July 23, 2022 Alan Royle 3

  THE RESTLESS GUN (1957-9) 78 EPISODES                 The Restless Gun was actually based on a former radio series named ‘The Six-Shooter’ that starred James Stewart. John Payne was cast as the star, his character’s name altered from Britt Ponset to Vint Bonner. The […]

TODAY’S TV BEAUTIES

TODAY’S TV BEAUTIES

July 14, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  Being born in the ‘baby-boomer’ era I have been guilty of focusing on screen goddesses of yesteryear, those at their peak between the 1930s and the 1980s, but there now exists a whole crop of beautiful actresses (including in the world of television), who seriously challenge the validity of […]

TV WESTERNS – PT31.

TV WESTERNS – PT31.

July 5, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  THE REBEL (1959-61) 76 EPISODES        Johnny Yuma (played by Nick Adams) is a former Confederate soldier who roams through the West with a chip on his shoulder, yet always ready to defend settlers from marauding Indians, crooked land developers and evil ranchers. Oddly enough, this ‘Son […]

TV WESTERNS – PT30

TV WESTERNS – PT30

June 23, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  THE RANGE RIDER (1951-53) 78 EPISODES                This series was one of the earliest westerns on American TV and was well-received. Jock Mahony, a former stuntman (and the step-father of actress Sally Field) was the star of the show. Oddly, his character had no name and was known only as […]