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Whispering Smith: The Complete TV Series

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Whispering Smith starring Audie Murphy - The Complete NBC TV Series! One of the rarest and most sought after of all television westerns, Whispering Smith featured Audie Murphy, America's most decorated soldier in WWII, as a Denver-based railroad private eye in the Old West. Many of the episodes were based on actual Denver police cases, and Smith has to use all his wits, as well as his skill with a Colt .45 to bring justice to those who would defraud the railroad. His superior was played by Sam Buffington, his partner by Guy Mitchell, and although it aired for only 20 episodes, the show had a great cast of guest stars, including Les Tremayne, Forrest Tucker, Marie Windsor, Alan Mowbray, Minerva Urecal, Alan Hale Jr. and Marjorie Reynolds. Bonus Feature: Medal of Honor: The Audie Murphy Story - The complete story of one of America's true heroes, Audie Murphy, who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery under fire in WWII, as well as 32 other medals including the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Award.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Audie Murphy, Les Tremayne, Sam Buffington, Guy Mitchell, Forrest Tucker
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BTO4HM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Whispering Smith: The Complete TV Series" on IMDb

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By James M. Beer on April 30, 2010
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Yep, this was an obscure western series from 1959-60, but it waited until late in the 1960-61 season when it finally made its debut, because of one problem after another. First, Guy Mitchell, the singer-actor who played George Romack, broke his shoulder falling from a horse, therby halting production for several weeks, enabling Audie Murphy to do a movie. Sam Buffington, who played Smith and Romack's boss Capt. John Richards comitted suicide in May 1960, guess he wasn't happy doing the series. When Whispering Smith did make it to the air in May 1961, it was met with low ratings, critical dismissal, and lambasted by politicians in a Senate subcommittee on TV violence, so this show met its demise in September 1961, leaving five episodes unaired.
But now, its all here in this 3-DVD collection from TMG, the quality is quite good, similar their earlier releases of other classic shows like Riverbaot, The Tall Man, etc. under license from NBC Universal, and Audie Murphy excels in the title role as a Denver Police detective. Mitchell does a fine job as Romack, for their was good chemistry between these characters. It is not quite as violent as you would think, for there is way more violence in TV and movies today then there was then. So pick up a copy of this 'lost' video sagebrush saga, and see for yourself what this show was all about.
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I took a chance on purchasing this set. I love Audie Murphy movies. I do not remember this series, but was not disappointed. The stories & content are great. Some of the episodes did lack clarity for the picture. Overall pleased with the set and was glad of my purchase. If you truly like Audie Murphy you will like this series and Guy Mitchell as his side kick was a treat. You will also find a young Robert Redford & Richard Chamberlin just a couple of guest stars that made a big name for themselves in later years.
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Although I'm a big Audie Murphy fan, this TV series caught me by complete surprise, as I was only aware of his movies. This was an intelligently-written show, and even the less-rewarding episodes are well-done, with Murphy showing both intelligence and bravery in his role. Those who dismiss Murphy as a real-life hero that managed to have a decent film career are missing the point. Murphy was a superb actor who was unfortunately quite pigeon-holed into playing the hero, but there are subtleties in his many performances that show he could hold his own with many of the more-famous stars of the day. And as one who personally know (or knew) many of Murphy's co-stars, I can state that all of them felt he was an excellent actor who seldom received the recognition he should have. "Whispering Smith" is different from many westerns of the era because the title character is a detective who uses his brains as much as his brawn, and it's very surprising that series had trouble due to its violence. Murphy only uses his fists or his gun as a last resort, and there are many instances when he doesn't get to that last resort. The supporting characters are solid, and many of the guest stars are movie favorites (Les Tremayne, Lori Nelson, Audrey Dalton) who add to the fun. My one disappointment is that the series did not go on for another few seasons, because it deserved to be a hit. I'm halfway through the season and not looking forward to finishing it, because there will be nothing more to look forward to. And it's too good to put it aside to stretch it out a bit. Even those who aren't Audie Murphy fans should get a lot of pleasure out of this fine, mostly-forgotten, television show.
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Audie Murphy.... something unviewed by the public for 50 plus years. Audie was trying to break into the Television westerns in the 50's this stayed unaired to the public for 2 years hitting the airwaves in the Summer of 1961 two years after these episodes were made. Audie wanted quality scrips the idea was 86 episodes we got 25. This boxset was more then I expected I rate it 5 stars. You need to see it for what it is. If you like Audie Murphy you will like this. I bought it I love it. Wish there was more seasons.
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Even though I was a fan of Western TV shows and movies throughout the late 50's and mid-60's, I do not recall Whispering Smith. I was a fan of Audie Murphy though, until his early tragic death in 1971. But, I must say, I find this western series a solid 5 stars. Mostly more for its fantastic scripts, and realism played into the characters seen in this too short series. Hard to believe this series was castigated for its extreme violence in 1961. I find it about on par with the violence in Have Gun Will Travel, and yet HGWT lasted a long time. If you like early westerns like HGWT, Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Rifleman and such, you will enjoy this series. I watched it way too fast, with no more episodes to look forward to. Guess I will watch it again!
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Amazon and the package promotes this being the complete series. It is not. They filmed 26 episodes and only 25 are included. Talk about a big mistake! However, this was considered a Holy Grail of TV Westerns for many years so I for one am thankful of the 25. On a scale of one to ten, I would give the picture quality a 9 or 9.5. They are not remastered, but the transfers are for the most part clean. Whispering Smith was a detective on the Denver, Colorado Police Department in the 1870s. This show took case histories from Smith's adventures. George Romack was Smith's partner and John Richards was the police chief. The series was filmed in 1959 but never televised until 1961. Rumor has it that the show got pulled after people complained it was too violent. I doubt that. The 26 episodes were already in the can more than a year and a half before they were televised and by that time Murphy was filming a number of action westerns for the big screen. Why would he want to return to television? Amazon's asking price is a bargain for this series.
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