TV westerns list.

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  1. bobPON

    bobPON Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd like to have the following:

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    Yancy Derringer
    Shotgun Slade
    Bat Masterson
    Sky King
    The Rebel
    Cimarron Strip
    Laramie
    Cheyenne
    Bronco
    Sugarfoot
    Roy Rogers
    Annie Oakley
    Laredo
    Broken Arrow
    The Lone Ranger
    Wyatt Earp
    The Texan
    Adventures of Jim Bowie
    The Gray Ghost
    Maverick
    Rawhide
    Hondo
    Lancer
    Colt 45
     
  2. Tom_mkfty

    Tom_mkfty Stunt Coordinator

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    The Virginian.
     
  3. Linda Thompson

    Linda Thompson Supporting Actor

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    My wish list for full-season, general (not Columbia House or public domain) commercial release:

    The High Chaparral
    Bonanza
    The Wild Wild West
    The Virginian
    Laredo
    Gunsmoke
     
  4. Tom_mkfty

    Tom_mkfty Stunt Coordinator

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    I wish the copyright holders of these westerns would realize the money they could make, by releasing these.

    Ones who grew up watching these might want to show their kids these westerns.
     
  5. Bill Williams

    Bill Williams Screenwriter

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    I've gotten the first two seasons of Have Gun Will Travel, and this was one really incredible Western series that pretty much reset the bar for quality drama in a Western format. The lead character of Paladin (played by Richard Boone) is extremely multifaceted for a gunslinger of the time: a West Point graduate, literate, skilled in the arts of literature, religion, chemistry, and chess, a man you can trust one minute and fear the next, with a streak of nobility and a code of honor in his heart for upholding what's right for the good of the common man. I'm looking forward to the remaining four seasons when they're released.
     
  6. Greg_S_H

    Greg_S_H Executive Producer

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    The Maverick episode that aired on TV Land the other day was a parody of Gunsmoke, but they took a little swipe at Paladin as well.

    "We sure are getting some weird characters through here, Doc. Remember that gunslinger the other day who was handing out business cards?" [​IMG]
     
  7. Bob Hug

    Bob Hug Screenwriter

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  8. Tom_mkfty

    Tom_mkfty Stunt Coordinator

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    Ever watch the time traveling, Outlaws?

    I never did see the pilot, but I liked the series.

    I would buy the Outlaws on DVD.
     
  9. Jeff#

    Jeff# Screenwriter

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    The late 1950s / early 1960s was a great period for TV westerns, and I'm 36. But I discovered these and other genres of classic series in 1980s cable TV reruns as well as VHS tape trading.

    One of the more interesting but overlooked shows from that period that I'm surprised nobody mentioned was The Deputy. This one is already available in public domain releases (unfortunately). I haven't purchased any of those few episodes available, only because they are always bunched together with other westerns. Anyone know the quality of the film prints on this one?

    The Deputy lasted 2 years and starred veteran film actor Henry Fonda in his first TV series as Marshal Simon Fry and Allan Case as his deputy, a storekeeper named Clay McCord who abhors violences and chooses to not use a gun as often as possible. Fonda also narrated all 78 episodes, but he didn't appear in all of them to give him time to keep making movies. The working relationship between Fry and Clay didn't hurt, but what made this series stand out was that The Deputy was the first western to borrow from the private detective and cop shows by frequently using a unique-sounding jazz score. The black & white series, with the arrangement of its classy theme song from the first episode onward in 1959 was the prototype for the high quality music of many shows to come from the first half of the 1960s. The drawing of a man holding a rifle as the writer / director / producer credits role at the start of the first act reminds me of a similar visual part of the drawings seen at the Act 1 credits of The High Chapparal series from years later.

    A few years ago TV Land was airing this series 5 days a week for more than a month....but they were the same 10 episodes which I'm guessing is all they have!! At least their film prints were in excellent condition.
     
  10. Richard Gallagher

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    The good news is that there has been enough demand for the show for Columbia House to issue the entire series on VHS, so I'm optimistic that the entire series will get released on DVD.
     
  11. Duane Alford

    Duane Alford Second Unit

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    It was one day shy of a full year betwwen releases. I'm hoping it's not going to take 6 years to get the whole series on DVD. I'm hoping some day to see The Big Valley and Alias Smith & Jones on DVD. I know there's been box sets of The Rifleman but whoever owns that doesn't realize that people are more interested in season sets. The day they decide to release season sets, I'll be buying. Until then, I'll pass.
     
  12. Bob Hug

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    As far as I know, there are only two episodes of "The Deputy" available on public domain releases. "The Deputy" is available on TV Westerns compilations from Platinum Disc Corporation and Diamond Entertainment and, possibly, Goodtimes and Brentwood. I have both the Platinum and Diamond releases and they're not bad, but Platinum's logo appears in the bottom right corner from time-to-time. The good news on both of these PD episodes is that Henry Fonda is in both of them. Typically, the other Westerns included in these compilations might include public domain episodes of Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Death Valley Days, The Rifleman, The Lone Ranger, Sugarfoot, etc. Other than the two PD episodes of "The Deputy," I haven't seen it commercially available anywhere.
     
  13. Eli R

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    Definitely "How the West was Won". Another one I don't think anyone mentioned from the 1980's on CBS was "Paradise," later called "Guns of Paradies," starring Lee Horsley as an ex-gunfighter.

    I can't imagine why a good show "Big Valley" wouldn't be released someday considering all of the crap shows that are seemingly being released almost daily.

    One great Western that's available on DVD now is "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years". "Lonesome Dove: The Series" was the first year and it was okay at times but the Outlaw Years was very dark and violent. Eric McCormack from Will and Grace played a great villain on it.
     
  14. Tom_mkfty

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    Copyright holders might be a problem.

    1, Steve...O, mentioned something about that with the Roy Roger's Show further up here.

    2, I read something about, Borax, does not want to release Death Valley Days.

    These copyright holders could make a mint. There seems to be a want for these shows by people who watched them as children.
     
  15. Steve...O

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    Interesting. I didn't realize sponsors had that much control. Evidently they must have gotten ownership rights at some point.

    I can understand that they wouldn't want to deal with it since it doesn't fit into their core business, but they really should look at selling it to an entity who could do something with it. I would imagine the Reagan name alone would sell those episodes he was affiliated with.

    Steve
     
  16. HowardPaul

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    Currently engrossed in watching "Have Gun, Will Travel".
    My favorite of all the westerns. Richard Boone plays "Paladin", a rather debonair renaissance man and wise gun for hire.
    Not just your ordinary hit-man, Paladin can quote Lao Tzu and Shakespeare, knows some kung fu, and has a keen sense of justice---When possible, he tries to solve issues with words rather than with his gun.
    The series was filmed in B&W whose quality is superb, FAR better than that of Gunsmoke.
    3 Seasons are currently availble on DVD.
    Here is a decent site: http://www.hgwt.com/

    Best
    Howard
     

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