Skip to comments.FAVORITE WESTERNS (Reminders of Yesteryear) (VANITY)
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!
Rawhide and Big Valley.
Not a TV show, but the best darn western movie:
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.
Rawhide and The Rifleman
oh... and The Rebel!
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.
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.
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)
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.
My baby loves the western movies.
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.
ME-TV got me to appreciate Big Valley.
Correction: Dennis Weaver, forgot to check before I posted. Dennis Weaver was Chester.
***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.
(Many more, but amazingly they’re all John Wayne pictures!)
Let’s kick the crap out of the damned liberals and ‘return to those thrilling days of yesteryear. Hi Yo Silver!
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).
15 rare and maybe not so rare...