ULTIMATE TV WESTERNS – 150 EPISODES consists primarily of 1950s cowboy shows– some famous, others obscure. Reported running time for this set is 80 hours– however, other sources list it as “up to 70 hours” with one specifying 68 hours total.
Regardless, this is a treasure trove of old oaters that’s certain to please fans of 1950s TV programming and westerns alike.
The Adventures Of Champion – Barry Curtis (1 episode)
The Adventures Of Jim Bowie – Scott Forbes (6 episodes)
The Adventures Of Kit Carson – Bill Williams (6 episodes)
Annie Oakley – Gail Davis (6 episodes)
Bat Masterson – Gene Barry (2 episodes)
Bonanza – Lorne Green (10 episodes)
Buffalo Bill Jr. – Dickie Jones (6 episodes)
The Cisco Kid – Duncan Renaldo (12 episodes)
Cowboy G-Men – Russell Hayden (5 episodes)
Death Valley Days – Sterling Hayden (3 episodes)
The Deputy – Henry Fonda (2 episodes)
Frontier Doctor – Rex Allen (3 episodes)
Fury – Peter Graves (3 episodes)
The Gabby Hayes Show – Gabby Hayes (6 episodes)
Hawkeye And The Last Of The Mohicans – Lon Chaney Jr. (3 episodes)
Hudson’s Bay – John Clark (3 episodes)
Judge Roy Bean – Edgar Buchanan (6 episodes)
The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp – Hugh O’Brian (1 episode)
The Lone Ranger – Clayton Moore (15 episodes)
Northwest Passage – Buddy Ebsen (6 episodes)
Pistols ‘N’ Petticoats – Ann Sheridan (3 episodes)
The Range Rider – Jock Mahoney (6 episodes)
The Rifleman – Chuck Connors (3 episodes)
The Roy Rogers Show – Roy Rogers (15 episodes)
Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon – Dick Simmons (5 episodes)
Shotgun Slade – Scott Brady (2 episodes)
Stories Of The Century – Jim Davis (6 episodes)
Twenty-Six Men – Tristram Coffin (2 episodes)
Wagon Train – Ward Bond (3 episodes)
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There are numerous TV Western collections out there on the dvd praire and all showing real signs of age and neglect. However here is one thats sure to delight anyone who grew up playing cowboys & indians in the 1950′s and 60′s. Again, the quality isn’t too bad considering they haven’t been really professionally restored the way most movies are. But remember, when we first used to see them on TV at that time, the TV picture via the old aerial, wasn’t always too great either. TV stations before tape, showed these episodes via telecine, that is they physically ran 16mm prints on special movie projectors. Even though the exspensively produced “Bonanza” was the first TV Western to be aired in color, thanks to those RCA sets which the show did so well at selling. The first show to be shot in color was “The Cisco Kid”. Years earlier and on a shoe-string budget and with 16mm cameras. The producers were smart to predict that color was coming and gave that particular show an even longer life in syndication. At their height in 1959, there were 48 westerns on the air, mostly half hour shows of course, but they dominated our living rooms morning, noon and night.
Let’s face it for the money, this collection is a better steal than anything ever taken in one of those endless stage or bank robberies, these oaters are always depicting. And for anyone who grew up after their intial runs and even the many years of syndication, these shows are an education. A look at a perceived simpler time with simpler values!
Oh! one other thing pardner -try to get hold of a copy of TV’s Western Heroes hosted by Will “Sugarfoot” Hutchins. It’s the perfect companion to this set, as not only profiles the shows, but shows the very classic commercials that inter-rupted them. That plus network promos and bloopers. HAPPY TRAILS!
Ultimate TV Westerns is a collection of 150 episodes from 29 different Western TV shows from the days when Hollywood knew how to make great Westerns on both the big and small screens. I paid $21.99 for my set and considering that you can pay $5 and higher for just 4 episodes of one of these shows, you cannot complain about the price. The reason why you can get so many episodes for such a low price is that all of these shows are in the public domain. The quality of the prints used in this collection vary, but overall you will get a fairly decent picture on your screen.
The really great thing about this collection is that it is not limited to the usual suspects, that is shows such as Bonanza, Cisco Kid, Jim Bowie, Lone Ranger & The Rifleman that are quite easy to find and obtain. The collection also includes such shows as Cowboy G-Men, Hudson’s Bay, Pistols & Petticoats and Bat Masterson.