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FAVORITE WESTERNS (Reminders of Yesteryear) (VANITY)
self | October 8, 2013 | self

Posted on 10/08/2013 9:00:31 AM PDT by nanetteclaret

After many long days of painful, maddening, and sickening news, our family has been enjoying evening trips back to the thrilling days of yesteryear via the DVD time machine. Old TV shows have reinforced our remembrance of how America used to be, both during the times the shows were made and the stories of the wild west and America's "Manifest Destiny." It's been wonderful to go back in time, to re-visit stories of men who were for the most part valiant, courageous, honorable, full of integrity, law-abiding, and steadfast, and of women who were for the most part gracious, kind, gentle, motherly, and sweet. Of course, both sexes were honest, strong, capable, independent, and courageous.

The shows we have been watching have reminded us of just how free we used to be, before political-correctness ruined everything. Most of them seem to be set in the 1870s, after the Civil War, when people moved westward to start fresh, to homestead, and to make something of themselves by hard work and perseverance. No matter the series, most all of the stories have some sort of moral, and the good guys always win. They are good lessons, reinforcing the vallues that made America GREAT!


TOPICS: History; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: freedom; honor; integrity; ruggedindividualism
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Our favorites so far are "The Big Valley," "Maverick" (the original), "The Texan" (sponsored by Viceroy Cigarettes!), and "Have Gun-Will Travel." Next in the line-up: "Bonanza," "Wagon Train," and "Cheyenne."
1 posted on 10/08/2013 9:00:32 AM PDT by nanetteclaret
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To: boxlunch

FYI


2 posted on 10/08/2013 9:01:13 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret

Rawhide and Big Valley.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 9:01:59 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: nanetteclaret

Not a TV show, but the best darn western movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeFpM2OEWPs


4 posted on 10/08/2013 9:03:15 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: nanetteclaret

I love old TV shows and movies for the same reason. I wonder if someday they will be banned, since they will contradict what people will be taught about the “bad old days” before PC. Right now there are still people who remember the days when those shows aired. When we’re all gone, I think they’ll have to ban them lest people learn how free Americans used to be.


5 posted on 10/08/2013 9:04:42 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: nanetteclaret

Rawhide and The Rifleman

oh... and The Rebel!


6 posted on 10/08/2013 9:04:53 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: nanetteclaret
"Guns of Will Sonnett" was good.

For the big screen, I'm a fan of "The Wild Bunch" with William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine and Warren Oates. It's a bit of an anti-Western, but the only guys with any honor or moral code are the outlaws. The Governments and the big banks are the real murderous thieves.

7 posted on 10/08/2013 9:05:23 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: nanetteclaret

Gunsmoke!


8 posted on 10/08/2013 9:07:59 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: Nea Wood

Almost all of the Westerns that we have watched so far feature the men drinking whiskey and smoking cigars (oooo!) in the house! And when they want to buy time, they lean against a lamppost and roll their own cigarettes.


9 posted on 10/08/2013 9:09:38 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret

Gunsmoke (B&W only OR Radio shows - great stuff!), Bonanza, Wanted: Dead Or Alive and The Rifleman are favorites at our house.

And what do our boys (ages 8 and 11) love to watch most of all at our cable-free, satellite-free, antenna-only home? In order of importance:

1. Agents Of SHIELD (only network show they watch)
2. Dragnet
3. Adam-12
4. The Rifleman
5. Gilligan’s Island
6. Leave It To Beaver

Otherwise, they’re not interested much in regular TV (movies are different). They LOVE the law-and-order, straight-and-narrow messages of Joe Friday.


10 posted on 10/08/2013 9:14:55 AM PDT by Master Zinja
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To: nanetteclaret
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrGmprVIvX0x

My baby loves the western movies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7ikBmkBof0

Cowboy up

11 posted on 10/08/2013 9:15:44 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Master Zinja
Who was the voice of Marshal Dillon on radio Gunsmoke...?
12 posted on 10/08/2013 9:20:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: nanetteclaret
I'm a huge fan of Gunsmoke. Especially the old ones when it was still black and white and Chester played by Dan Weaver was Matt's partner. He really did a great job being the comedy relief without being ridiculous; not that Festus was bad he just wasn't quite as good. It really had a gritty feel to it in the early days. I love the first episode, where Matt loses the first gunfight. Something that never happened to Gene Autry or Roy Rogers.

I've also seen the first two of the Gunsmoke made for TV Movies, and they were good. I would love to track down the rest of them.

The rifleman is also another favorite of mine.

13 posted on 10/08/2013 9:20:43 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Resolute Conservative

ME-TV got me to appreciate Big Valley.


14 posted on 10/08/2013 9:22:53 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

Correction: Dennis Weaver, forgot to check before I posted. Dennis Weaver was Chester.


15 posted on 10/08/2013 9:22:58 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Master Zinja

***They LOVE the law-and-order, straight-and-narrow messages***

This is why these shows are real treasures. Not only do they remind us of the history of our country, they reinforce the Judeo-Christian values that our country was built upon. People stand up to Evil and defeat it with Good.


16 posted on 10/08/2013 9:23:05 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret

Stagecoach

The Searchers

True Grit

Rio Grande

Fort Apache

(Many more, but amazingly they’re all John Wayne pictures!)


17 posted on 10/08/2013 9:24:03 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: nanetteclaret

Let’s kick the crap out of the damned liberals and ‘return to those thrilling days of yesteryear. Hi Yo Silver!


18 posted on 10/08/2013 9:25:02 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

To do with the radio edition of Gunsmoke:

Dillon was played by William Conrad. Parley Baer was Chester (he was the mayor of Mayberry on Andy Griffith), Howard McNear was Doc (he was Floyd The Barber on AG), and Kitty was Georgia Ellis. The first season or two was a little rough, but not bad. By the end of the second season, the scripts were great, the characters fleshed out & it was incredible. I listened to every episode - 480! - from October last year until June this year. In many ways superior to the TV version (and many scripts were later used on TV as well).


19 posted on 10/08/2013 9:25:03 AM PDT by Master Zinja
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To: nanetteclaret

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXgwAhucNhc&list=PLDA30AD544C2030C9

15 rare and maybe not so rare...


20 posted on 10/08/2013 9:26:54 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: nanetteclaret

And another thing: Are “Manifest Destiny” and “Rugged Individualism” even taught in schools these days? I would guess not, but I don’t know for a fact.

It seems like my Junior High History teacher mentioned those two concepts every day.


21 posted on 10/08/2013 9:27:04 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: Master Zinja
I listened to Gunsmoke on Armed Forces Radio, (the Far East Network, Tokyo) back in the 50s. I loved William Conrad's voice.
22 posted on 10/08/2013 9:27:46 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Who was the voice of Marshal Dillon on radio Gunsmoke...?
William Conrad, aka "Cannon".
23 posted on 10/08/2013 9:29:07 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Jake and the Fat Man...


24 posted on 10/08/2013 9:29:46 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: nanetteclaret

There were so many good ones. I like ‘The Virginian” and “Wagon Train” too.


25 posted on 10/08/2013 9:30:39 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: nanetteclaret
Best movie is The Big Country, with Winchester 73 and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance close behind.

Best TV show is The Wild, Wild West. Wild Wild West took everything from the previous westerns along with end of era technology inventions that were used by and against James West. His arch rival was the most diabolical bad guy ever, and a Little Person.

26 posted on 10/08/2013 9:31:00 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

One vote here for “Lash LaRue”


27 posted on 10/08/2013 9:31:18 AM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: mountainlion

Wow !
I missed many of these...


28 posted on 10/08/2013 9:33:48 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: nanetteclaret

High Plains Drifter...Desperado....Pale Rider...


29 posted on 10/08/2013 9:35:01 AM PDT by LadyBuck (You're a handsome devil, what's your name...?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I tried to find on youtube “Do you remember these” that has almost 50 westerns and the cowboys.
30 posted on 10/08/2013 9:36:50 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: IbJensen

Bump that! Love John Wayne movies.


31 posted on 10/08/2013 9:41:19 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: nanetteclaret
Well, one of my most memorable western characters was Lash Larue. Did his own stunts with that bullwhip. Always a treat at the Saturday kids movie matinee at our local theater. A quarter for two feature films plus a ton of cartoons.

Didn't take much to amuse us back then, our imaginations ranged far and wide. Walking back home in a pack of four or more after the Sat westerns we'd strut in our pretend cowboy boots. Popcorn boxes served as boot tops. Shooting off whatever caps remained in our pistols. Back then the theater operator invited us to bring cap pistols when there all western Saturdays. Like that could happen today.

32 posted on 10/08/2013 9:41:35 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Master Zinja

Just found this website... http://www.westernsontheweb.com/

Haven’t tried it out yet so be careful.


33 posted on 10/08/2013 9:41:52 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: nanetteclaret

TV shows: Rifleman, Have Gun Will Travel, Bonanza, F Troop, Maverick, Gunsmoke (pre-Festus), The Americans (starring Dobie Gillis’ brother - a great show that only lasted 12 episodes)

Movies: Rio Bravo, Tombstone (”I’m your huckleberry”), Silverado


34 posted on 10/08/2013 9:47:29 AM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: Covenantor

In watching “The Big Valley” I’ve been amazed at how Lee Majors always seemed to gracefully jump on his horse without the use of stirrups. All of the actors were great horsemen and women and Barbara Stanwyk was impressive driving her little two-horse buggy. I would think doing that would take more strength than riding a horse.


35 posted on 10/08/2013 9:48:57 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: nanetteclaret

The Hired Hand (1971)


36 posted on 10/08/2013 9:50:40 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: nanetteclaret; Revolting cat!

The Commies made their own westerns in the 1960s from the perspectives of the indians to condemn American Imperialism.

These have since been released in the West to home video on arty farty DVD labels.

http://firstrunfeatures.com/defawesterns.html

Westerns with a Twist is part of the DEFA Collection.

Like Spaghetti Westerns, the Red Westerns are classic American Westerns created far, far from the American West – in this case, by Communist East Germany’s legendary DEFA Film Studios. Turning the traditional American cowboy and indian movies on their head, these beautifully shot films made the Native Americans the heroes, and cast the American Army and white settlers as villains – with obvious Cold War overtones.

Gojko Mitic, the famous Serbian actor, stuntman, director and author, stars in all three films.

Includes the films:

Apaches
The year is 1822, and the Mimbreno Apache Indians enter into an agreement with a Mexican mining company, relinquishing all mining rights and pledging the safety of the copper town of Santa Rita del Cobre. In return, the company guarantees the livelihood of the Indians, whose hunting grounds are fast disappearing. Unfortunately, American companies are also interested in the precious metal deposits, and the Apaches are ultimately massacred under their orders. On the eve of the Mexican-American war, Ulzana, a young Apache warrior, sets out to avenge the extermination of his tribe.

The Sons of Great Bear
When gold is discovered on lands belonging to a clan of the Dakota Indians, the area’s ruthless white settlers attempt to drive the Indians away, ultimately murdering the clan’s chief in front of his son, Tokei-ihto. Tokei-ihto refuses to move to a reservation in an infertile area with his tribe and is incarcerated. When the Dakota Indians have been defeated and resettled, he is released, and Tokei-ihto immediately sets out to avenge his father’s murder and reclaim his clan’s ancestral lands.

Chingachgook: The Great Snake
Based on James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Deerslayer. When English troops attempt to seize the French colonial settlements in North America in 1740, the local Indian tribes become involved as mercenaries - the Huron on the French side, and the Delawareans on the English side. Wahtawah, the daughter of the Delawarean chief, is promised to the young warrior Chingachgook, but before the nuptials can take place, the Huron raid the Delawarean camp and run off with Wahtawah. Together with his friend Deerslayer, Chingachgook sets out to free Wahtawah from her captors - and to convince the Huron that the war between the whites ought not concern the Indians.

“Westerns with a twist!” - The Hollywood Reporter

Links

Read That Was the Wild East: Film Culture, Unification, and the “New” Germany by Leonie Naughton

Read the rave review in the NY Sun...


37 posted on 10/08/2013 9:51:17 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nanetteclaret

38 posted on 10/08/2013 9:52:48 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: nanetteclaret

http://oldfortyfives.com/thoseoldwesterns.htm

You got to see this one.


39 posted on 10/08/2013 9:54:09 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Master Zinja
I agree with every observation in your post. The radio version was much better than the television version and the television version was quite good for its time. I might add that many of the television shows were remakes of scripts that at first had appeared on radio.

The lead into the radio show went like this, "a Way out West there is only one way to handle the killers and spoilers that's with the US Marshall and the smell of… Gunsmoke! (Sound of firearm discharge and ricochet)"

Great stuff when you're a kid.


40 posted on 10/08/2013 9:54:36 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: a fool in paradise

This thread is about American Westerns, by Americans and for Americans, celebrating American virtues and gumption.

It is not about Communist westerns.


41 posted on 10/08/2013 9:55:06 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: wally_bert

ME tv has all of these westerns - plus, one of my favorites: F Troop.


42 posted on 10/08/2013 9:55:29 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Master Zinja
You do know that Bill Paley's wife liked Gunsmoke, so when it was one more season of Gunsmoke, or keeping Gilligan's Island...

Then again, both were color by that time.

OBFav: Wild, Wild West.

43 posted on 10/08/2013 10:01:17 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: ClearCase_guy
Black Robe (Dances with Wolves for grown-ups)

The Wild Bunch

The Outlaw Josie Wales

True Grit (Original Version)

My Little Chickadee

The Unforgiven

The Trap (Frontier Canada)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Once upon a Time in the West

4: 10 to Yuma


44 posted on 10/08/2013 10:04:09 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: nanetteclaret
early GUNSMOKE....by far... The first few seasons were B&W and 30 mins. and Matt Dillon was no one to play around. In one episode Chester is dragged by two drifters and Matt beats them to a pulp saying ‘they understood that better than a month in jail'. In another renegades masquerading as Indians were killing setlers, Matt decides they are too dispicable to try and arrest so He tells Chester that they will just ambush them. Chester can't believe it but does it anyway.......no nonsense...
45 posted on 10/08/2013 10:04:42 AM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Yeah you could see Rawhide on the weekend on ME TV


46 posted on 10/08/2013 10:10:54 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: a fool in paradise

While watching these old western TV shows, one might notice the PC stuff being worked in gently during the early 1960s, and getting more heavy handed by the late 1960s.


47 posted on 10/08/2013 10:10:55 AM PDT by ansel12 ( 'I'm on That New Obama Diet... Every Day I Let Vladimir Putin Eat My Lunch' .)
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To: virgil283

How about Wild Wild west with Robert Conrad


48 posted on 10/08/2013 10:12:34 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: nanetteclaret

Love them all!
And read the “Little House” books for an amazing documentary of the courage of those sturdy pioneers.

The books are really NOTHING like that sappy TV show supposedly taken from them.

I’m reading through the whole series again just to clear my mind of all the rot of these days. If we all had the knowledge Ma and Pa Ingalls had of just basic survival,farming, gardening, animal husbandry, sewing, cooking, smoking meats, cheesemaking, on and on— and just the cheerful acceptance of the good with the bad, plus courage and persistence to keep working, we could remake this country into what it once was!


49 posted on 10/08/2013 10:17:31 AM PDT by boxlunch (Psalm 2)
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To: boxlunch

Ma and Pa Ingalls knew the basics of survival because they had been taught those lessons as children. It was second nature to them. Most of us don’t have those skills because we have not had to have them in our lives (up until now). The future may be a different story.


50 posted on 10/08/2013 10:21:10 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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