August 2011 •
GOOD TIMES –
Tose ere Te Days
Part II o our TV Western Series
The show starred Roy Rogers as a ranch ownerof the “Double R Ranch”, Dale Evans as the propri-
etor of the Eureka Cafe in ctional Mineral City, and
Pat Brady as Roy’s sidekick. Animal stars included:Trigger (Roy’s horse), Buttermilk (Dale’s horse),Bullet (their dog).Typical episodes followed the stars as they res-cued the weak and helpless from the clutches of dis-honest lawmen, claim jumpers, rustlers, and other“bad guys”.When Trigger died, Roy had him stuffed. He al-ways said that he wanted Dale to have him stuffedand put astride Trigger again when the time came.The Rogers had many happy trails from 1951-1957.
Set in the 1860s, Rawhide portrays the challeng-es faced by the men of a cattle drive. Usually theepisode would be introduced by Gil Favor but some-times by others. The typical Rawhide story involveddrovers, portrayed by Eric Fleming (Trail Boss GilFavor) and Clint Eastwood (ramrod Rowdy Yates),coming upon people on the trail and getting drawninto solving whatever problem they presented orwere confronting.Rawhide aired for eight seasons on the CBS net-work on January 9, 1959 to until January 4, 1966,with a total of 217 black-and-white episodes.
The Rieman western television program starred
Chuck Connors as homesteader Lucas McCain andJohnny Crawford as his son, Mark McCain. It was setin the 1880s in the town of North Fork, New Mexico
Territory. The show, lmed in black-and-white, ran
on ABC, from September 30, 1958 to April 8, 1963.
Westerns were popular when The Rieman pre
miered, and producers struggled to nd gimmicks to
distinguish one showfrom another. The
Rieman’s gimmickwas a modied Win
-chester Model 1892
rie with a trigger
for rapid-re shots.
The TV series ranfrom September 10,1955 to March 31,1975 on CBS with635 total episodes. Itis the longest running,prime time westernseries of the twentiethcentury.James Arness tookthe lead role of Mar-shal Matt Dillon uponthe recommendation of John Wayne, who also intro-
duced the rst episode of the series; Dennis Weaverplayed Chester Goode; Milburn Stone being cast asDr. Galen “Doc” Adams; Amanda Blake took on the
role of Miss Kitty, the owner of the Long Branch Sa-loon. Burt Reynolds was added to the show’s lineup,as the “halfbreed” blacksmith Quint Asper. Then in1964 Ken Curtis, reared in Las Animas, Colorado,and for a time a son-in-law of director John Ford,was signed to play the stubbornly illiterate hillbillyFestus Haggen.
Bonanza ran on NBC from September 12, 1959to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 epi-sodes, it ranks as the second longest running westernseries (behind Gunsmoke) and continues to air insyndication. Centering around the Cartwright familyin the Lake Tahoe area, the show stars Lorne Greene,Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, andDavid Canary.The show chronicled the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, headed by the thrice-widowedpatriarch Ben Cartwright (played by Lorne Greene).He had three sons, each by a different wife: the eldestwas the urbane architect Adam Cartwright (played
by Pernell Roberts) who built the ranch house; the
second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, “Hoss”
(played by Dan Blocker); and the
youngest was the hotheaded andimpetuous Joseph or “Little Joe”(played by Michael Landon). Thefamily’s cook was the Chinese im-migrant Hop Sing (played by VictorSen Yung).
Look for more innext month’sGood Times.
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