Westerns

The Dogcast: Some Classic “Gunsmoke” For Your Old Radio Enjoyment!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with some more old radio listening fun. Because Pat Walsh and I were recently discussing western movies on his show, I thought I’d give you a taste of probably the best western radio program during the 1950s. “Gunsmoke” was a staple of old radio programming in the 1950s and was so popular it spawned one of the most popular television westerns, a program that ran twenty years. The tales of Dodge City and Marshall Matt Dillon were much more adult and weighty than most of the radio westerns of the day which were aimed more at the kiddie-folk. Great programs, performances (particularly by William Conrad as the deep-voiced Dillon) and some really solid scripts make this series a must listen. I’ve included two programs from the opening season here and will add more if you want them. Enjoy some classic “Gunsmoke” and as always, feel free to comment either below or on my Facebook Page! So Sayeth The Kendog!

Gunsmoke – Doc Holiday – 7/19/1952
Gunsmoke – Gentleman’s Disagreement – 7/26/1952

The Dogcast: Some Western Old Radio Fun In Honor Of “Cry Macho!”

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with some classic old radio again. This time it’s a couple of episodes of the popular radio series “Have Gun, Will Travel” starring John Dehner as Paladin, a gun for higher based out of San Francisco. The show was popular enough that it made a successful transition to television. While not as consistently excellent as “Gunsmoke” it’s still a terrific show. Enjoy the two episodes and feel free to comment either below or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

Have Gun, Will Travel – Brother Lost – 10/1959
Have Gun, Will Travel – Fair Fugitive – 11/1959

The Dogcast: “Gunsmoke” The Best Western Program Of The Old Radio Age!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some more old radio fun. This has become a popular feature of the sight and I enjoy providing you with entertainment from radio’s Golden Age! This week we’re featuring a couple of episodes from that classic western “Gunsmoke.” The radio version featured William Conrad as Marshall Dillon. The stories in this program were much more mature than the prevailing western programs of the day. The two I have for you illustrate this mature mode of storytelling common with “Gunsmoke” These two episodes are both from February of 1954! Enjoy and feel free to comment below! So Sayeth The Kendog!

Gunsmoke: Bad Boy
Gunsmoke: The Killer

Dog’s Movie House: “News Of The World” A Thoughtful Western Featuring Tom Hanks!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at “News Of The World” a new western film from Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Series) starring Tom Hanks as a world weary Civil War Veteran charged with taking a young girl of German descent back to her family after finding her hiding on the road. The film’s leisurely pace might turn off some, but those who stick with it will find a compelling story, beautifully shot scenery, and a couple of gangbuster performances from Hanks and young newcomer Helena Zengel.

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The Kenblog: Great Western Action Scenes!

 

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Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in “Tombstone”

 

 

Westerns are something of a dying breed in cinema nowadays.  From the 1930’s into the 70’s they were all the rage with legendary stars like John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Gary Cooper donning the cowboy hat and six shooters to bring justice to the wild, wild west.  Now westerns are few and far between, but those movies that do come out are pretty darn good.   Continue reading