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50 Years Of The Television Western Paperback – April 23, 2008


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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434359255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434359254
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,667,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard Lack on August 2, 2009
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An overview of the classic series of the 50's and 60's. I found more than 50 (!) unbelievable mistakes in this book it seems the authors do know nothing about the TV Series they report on or maybe watched them with eyes and ears closed when they where kids.

Some examples: THE LONE RANGER: they say Tonto was a Mohawk. Jay Silverheels was part of the Mohawk nation in REAL LIFE not in the series. RAWHIDE: the trail drive was coming from Ft. Worth NOT San Antonio and it was going to Sedalia, Missouri NOT to Sedalia Kansas. MAVERICK: James Garner did not quit Maverick over a writer's Strike. It was a salary dispute with Warner Bros. WAGON TRAIN: In a photo Michael Burns is identified as Denny Miller. Denny is not even in the photo.THE TALL MAN: Billy the Kid was not gunned down in a gunfight with Pat Garrett. The Kid was ambushed in a dark room and Garrett blasted him when he entered the room. YANCY DERRINGER: X. Brands was not a deaf mute indian. He was only mute and could hear Jock Mahoney talking to him.

I could go on and on but this might be boring the reader, so a good one at the end: DAVY Crockett: They state that the real Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and others were overun and killed at the Alamo by "nearly 200 Mexican renegades" WOW! Santa Anna in front of the Alamo with 200 guys?? ( He had about 5,000 Federal Mexican Troops.)

Nice photos. But very very overpriced! One of the authors, Doug Abbot, offers also photos by email from your favourite show, at $ 12.00 a piece. A lot of money for an email picture!

If you want even more pictures and of course absolutely more serious background information on the series than you can get in this book I recommend the four volumes of "The TV Official Western Book" by Neil Summers. Published by Old West Shop Publishing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery J. Wunsch on September 11, 2011
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I HAVE BEEN A HUGE FAN OF MANY OF THE CLASSIC TV WESTERNS FOR MANY YEARS , & HAVE A HUGE COLLECTION OF WESTERN TV PHOTOS , SO I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BOOK , HOWEVER THERE ARE SO MANY MISTAKES FROM THE TWO MEN THAT PUT THE BOOK TOGETHER & CLAIM THEY LOVE THE TV WESTERNS SO MUCH ? MISTAKES LIKE THE WAGON TRAIN COLOR PHOTO ON PAGE 105 , THEY LIST ONE ACTOR AS DENNY MILLER WHEN IN FACT IT IS MICHAEL BURNS , ALSO FOR SUCH A MAJOR SERIES AS WAGON TRAIN - THEY DID NOT EVEN LIST MICHAEL BURNS AS A REGULAR IN THE CAST , THERE IS NO MENTION OF HIM AT ALL ? YET HE WAS A REGULAR FOR THE LAST TWO SEASONS OF THE SHOW. ANOTHER MISTAKE IS THE CAST LISTING OF BONANZA ON PAGE 114 , LISTING DAVID CANARY AS MR. CANADAY ??? WHEN IT SHOULD OF BEEN CANDY , - RONALD JACKSON & DOUG ABBOTT DID NOT ADD MUCH TEXT ABOUT THE SHOWS SO YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD GET IT RIGHT ON THE BASIC INFO ON SUCH POPULAR SHOWS, AS FOR THE PHOTOS SOME ARE VERY NICE BUT MAINLY COMMON SHOTS , NOT MANY ARE RARE SHOTS ON THIS VERY OVER PRICED BOOK , SO I GAVE THE BOOK 2 OUT OF 5 STARS.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Street on February 17, 2009
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If you turn on a TV today you will most likely find yourself confronted with a `reality' show. Back in the 50's & early 60's the same action would almost certainly have resulted in you tuning in to a western. There were over 140 different TV westerns produced in this period, some long running & successful whilst others quickly `bit the dust'.

The early TV westerns were a natural progression from the `B' westerns produced for the matinee cinema audience from the 1930's on. By the early 50's these were in decline as television became the new mass medium for entertainment. Hence the movie cowboys switched their attention to the new format. Gene Autry, Roy Rogers & Hopalong Cassidy all swiftly moved onto the small screen with made for TV features and were joined by other cinematic legends such as `The Lone Ranger' & even `Rin-Tin-Tin the brave German shepherd dog battling outlaws & Indians out west.

Most of these pioneer efforts were aimed at juvenile audiences. There was plenty of action, good guys were whiter than white whilst the villains were irredeemably bad & received their deserved comeuppance within a quick 30 minutes or so.In all they provided fun & appeal for those growing.

By the mid 50's they were joined by the `adult' western. These contained far more mature storylines with characters with grey areas, rather than just the simple black & white of the children's offerings. Early examples were `Gunsmoke', which was to develop into one of the longest running series of all time, `Wyatt Earp' purporting to tell the legend of the famous lawman & the hour long `Cheyenne' a wandering cowboy who even stopped to romance the odd girl between shootouts.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Safford on July 25, 2013
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I grew up watching cowboys on TV. Westerns were on every night of the week; it's a wonder I ever got my homework done to graduate from high school. This book shows them all with lots of pictures. It would make a great gift for anyone who was a cowboy fan in the 1960's. And it seems there were a lot of us.
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