Wide Country - The Complete Television Series - 28 Episodes!
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* Stars Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine * Story of two brothers, one a rodeo champion and one aspiring to emulate his older brother in the arena * Set against the backdrop of the hard living, hard loving life of the professional rodeo circuit rider * Bonus feature "Second Chances", the pilot for Wide Country
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Here are some of the more interesting episodes:
The Royce Bennett Story. Rodeo rider with a terminal illness. Guests: Steve Forrest and Billy Mumy
Journey Down A Dusty Road
Who Killed Eddie Gannon
What are Friends For.[ A really funny episode]
Our Ernie Kills People. Andy [Andrew Pine] is attacked with a lug-wrench and may lose an eye. My Favourite episode!
Tears on a Painted Smile
My Candle Burns at Both Ends. Mitch [Earl Holliman] falls in love but tragedy strikes.Guest: The beautiful Laura Devon.
Step Over the Sky. An old man goes after the horse which maimed him and ended his career. Guest Victor Jory
A Cry from the Mountain
Don't Cry for Johnny Devlin. Mitch [Earl Holliman] is challenged by an old friend to keep riding ever more dangerous brahma bulls until tragedy strikes
Speckle Bird. A horse is injured and has to be put down.But a little girl refuses to give up and seeks help to save the horse
The Judas Goat. Guest Eddie Albert
The Lucky Punch. Guest Bruce Yarnell. The song Aura Lee which was popular during the Civil War is sung here.Later the words would be changed and it would be a big hit for Elvis Presley as Love Me Tender.
The Care and Handling of Tigers.Series Finale.A small boy is ostracised because his father is about to shut down the only mill that would put the town out of business.
If you liked Route 66 you will like this .
Thanks, Timeless Media Group for releasing this DVD.
The guest "stars" include Ray Danton, Peggy McCay, James Caan, Victor Jory, Diane Ladd, Jerome Cowan, Ray Walston, Dan Duryea, Irene Hervey, Coleen Gray and Edgar Buchanan. (The Danton-McCay episode is really outstanding and is the highlight of the series.) Slim Pickens is a recurring semiregular and contributed the concept for one very solid script featuring Forrest Tucker.
Earl Holliman carries the show with viewer-friendly (ex-Paramount) star power. He is Idahoan Mitch Guthrie, Korean War vet and now 10 years later an all-around champion (three times running) in roughstock events on the Southwestern circuit. Mitch's chaperone is callow but smart younger bro Andy (Andrew Prine) who is baccalaureate-bound but dabbles in rodeo to cover tuition fees. They are a cute pair, bickering amiably like a long-married couple. Mitch is overly inclined to be a do-gooder, but the scripts regularly save him from overt sermonizing. And rangy young Andy with his spaniel eyes makes a perfect reactor/straight man to Mitch's odd moments of rodeo raunchiness (to his credit, Mitch enjoys his beers and cigarettes). Both actors are perfectly cast and very convincing in their roles. Holliman's straw hat, dorky but rakish in 1962, has the "taco crease" that become iconic down the decades and is still favored by West Texas working cowboys.
The intercut stock rodeo footage has minor documentary value--this is literally your grandfather's rodeo--and any location footage is mostly confined to Revue's familiar allotment on the Universal backlot. The 16mm b/w prints have not been remastered but come up well after 50+ years in the vault and are free of splices, scratches and skips (had this been a color series it might well have run beyond its single season). The current price is a steal, the packaging sturdy for the eight enjoyable discs.
Just a note about the dvds themselves. I was happy with the picture and sound quality. The 8 dvds are not numbered. The episodes are arranged in the order they aired. However the extras are not printed on the dvd. I had to actually play each dvd until I found the one with the extras on it. It is the last dvd with the episode "Yanqui, Go home! on it. This disc has the pilot episode and the interviews with Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine.
I bought this thru Amazon from one of it's associate sellers at a very reasonable price. Less than half the $41 dollars Amazon charges. The set was new and unopened.
Very happy with my purchase.