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Richard Boone: A Knight Without Armor in a Savage Land

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ISBN-13: 978-0944019368
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About the Author

David Rothel's lifelong fascination with show business began with frequent visits to his local movie theater, where he followed the adventures of his favorite screen heroes. He has since gone from youthful observer to performer, theater producer/director, teacher, and published authority on various aspects of popular entertainment (eleven books in twenty-three years). Mr. Rothel's most recent books have been The Gene Autry Book and The Roy Rogers Book, both reference-trivia-scrapbooks and extremely popular with Mr. Rothel's readers; the revised editions of Lash LaRue, The King of the Bullwhip and Allan "Rocky" Lane, Republic's Action Ace, co-written with Chuck Thornton; An Ambush of Ghosts:, A Personal Guide to Favorite Western Film Locations, to which film historian Leonard Maltin devoted two Entertainment Tonight segments; and Tim Holt, a biography of the popular RKO Western star. Mr. Rothel has been married to his wife Nancy for over thirty years, has three children (Michael, Christopher, and Laura) and four grandchildren (Adam, Ryan, Nicholas, and Alixandra). Mr. Rothel's writing is characterized by thoroughness of research, warmth, wit, and understanding.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Empire Publishing (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944019366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944019368
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Ray on March 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Richard Boone: A Knight without Armor in a Savage Land By David Rothel 277 Pages Empire Publishing A Book Review by Mike Ray
During the golden age of television (1949-64) there were many outstanding programs--"I Love Lucy" with Lucille Ball, "The Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason, "Love that Bob" with Bob Cummings, and "The Ed Sullivan Show", just to name a few. One of the best programs of the day, and seldom seen on TV since, was the western "Have Gun Will Travel" with Richard Boone who played the main character, Paladin.
The show started on September 14, 1957 on CBS and ran for six years. This half-hour show aired Saturday nights at 9:30 PM just before another popular western, "Gunsmoke". The character, Paladin had a great impact on me. To say the least, I loved his style and sense of right and wrong. Thus, Have Gun was my favorite western and Richard Boone my favorite cowboy. The series was filmed at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood and on location in the rough and tumble areas of Bend, Oregon.
What made the program, was not just the great writing, and wonderful productions, but rather the acting Of Richard Boone was unlike anything I had ever seen before.
In his new book by David Rothel, "Richard Boone; a man without Armor in a Savage land," Rothel, brings us closer to one the most talented and most complex men Ever to grace the TV screen. The book will guide you threw Boone's early years, and explains his desire In becoming an actor.
This book is not just a chronicle of Have Gun will Travel, but also a wonderful review on Boone's other Programs, Medic, The Richard Boone Theatre, and Heck Ramsey.
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Format: Hardcover
David Rothel has written an outstanding book that any and every Richard Boone fan will want to enjoy.

I truly do not know how a better book could be written about this fine actor. He was a classic character, both on and off the screen.

Not a whole lot has been known about the many facets of this hard-boiled, caring gentleman, Richard Boone. So many of today's stars are relatively one dimensional and generally perform the same way. A Richard Boone performance, regardless of the character, usually contained at least several dimensions and, as Mr. Rothel points out so well, Hollywood, out of ignorance, jealousy and greed, never allowed him to utilize even a fraction of his talent. Thank goodness for his fans, Richard Boone was able to portray and perform under such demanding and, at times, disappointing circumstances.

Richard Boone was truthful. That automatically puts him in a 'Savage Land'. Mr. Rothel's efforts at discovering the real truth, coupled with his extraordinary writing abilities, make this, in my opinion, one of the best 'total packages' I've ever read concerning a celebrity. I find this book to be totally captivating.

The many interviews and the lots of 'little extras' add up to a factual excursion into the land of make believe. This is what a picture of a celebrated actor is and should be all about! Facts, stats, photos, insights, credits, information...everything is here and ready.

I will close by saying...when it comes to this book; buy it, put the enclosed CD into your CD player, relax, and make sure you...'Have Time Will Enjoy'!
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Format: Paperback
When I was born in 1953, my first memory of television consisted of Westerns Television shows as well as movies. I loved them at the time but after time, I grew blaise.
Just since last year, I have been faithfully watching "HGWT" each Saturday morning (like a child) and became fascinated and.... admittedly a little enamored of Richard Boone.
This month I have just read "Richard Boone: A Knight Without Armor in a Savage Land" by David Rothel. What a fascinating and complex man Richard Boone was, and I was delighted to have it affirmed how much I suspected that the character of "Paladin" was the real Richard Boone.
The book is filled with interesting photographs, interviews along with summaries of all the "HGWT" episodes. I was astonished to learn that Richard Boone was also starring in three others tv series. I had never heard of "Medic", and wish his anthology series could be televised. I always respect the work of repertory theate. And what a group of performers he had selected! Typically, TV execs aired this anthology series opposite "I Love Lucy"...unfair competition.
It was heartwarming to read of his wife's memories of her 30+ years with Boone. She has alot of guts and staying power!
This is the perfect book for any devoted fan of TV westerns!
I am thankful to the author for this labor of love.
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Format: Hardcover
Here's the latest in a series of showbusiness biographies by David Rothel. This time around the subject is Richard Boone, a dynamic and powerful actor best known for his role as Paladin in the late 1950s CBS TV Western, HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL. Rothel has covered just about every aspect of Boone's long career; apart from a few bloopers in the broadcast log of HAVE GUN, the book is completely reliable as a reference.
The portrait of Boone offered is affectionate, but covers the "warts and all." Boone was addicted to alcohol throughout much of his professional career, and this and other self-destructive habits eventually seemed to consume him. His most interesting TV work, the short-lived RICHARD BOONE SHOW, went largely unseen by audiences. In films, Boone usually played quirky heavies... in fact there has probably been no more terrifyingly pathological villian on the screen before or since than Boone in NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY and THE TALL T.
Recommended... a fine appreciation of a unique and versatile actor.
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