Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rare Western Pilots!

Four unaired TV pilots for television Westerns. The 1958 James Drury pilot for THE VIRGINIAN, a slightly different version of WAGON TRAIN, and the highlight is RANDOLPH SCOTT'S THEATER OF THE WEST which is virtually not documented in any reference guides. Rory Calhoun hosts WESTERN STAR THEATRE with "Diamond Field Jack," an episode that was later re-edited for use on DEATH VALLEY DAYS.

Four pilots for proposed TV series. MARSHAL OF TRAIL CITY features Wild Bill Elliott, LAW OF THE LASH features Lash LaRue, SIMON LASH ("The Black Book") stars Jock Mahoney, and an episode of SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE OF STARS, "A Tale of Wells Fargo," stars Dale Robertson. Okay, the last one is not an unaired pilot, but it is a pilot and a noteworthy one.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jesse and Billy Meet the Monsters

These films were probably inevitable, what with the unprecedented popularity of the classic monsters and cowboys on TV. And they were pretty entertaining for no-budget quickies. They were re-released on the same bill and popped up regularly on TV for another decade after that. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Captain Marvel Jr and the Outlaw

Westerns became so ubiquitous in the fifties that even non-western heroes tried to get into the act!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Bob Hope Salutes/Spoofs TV Cowboys-1967

Proof that back in the '60s, Bob Hope had much better writers than he did later on, this prime-time special features Rod Cameron, Dale Robertson, Cameron Mitchell, James Drury and more as the TV comedians declare war on the TV cowboys. Also with Danny Thomas, Don Rickles, Wally Cox, Rowan and Martin and Paul Lynde.