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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wondering About the Old West.

I love western shows on TV and still watch the reruns of old black and white shows like Gunsmoke:
 
And Paladin of Have Gun Will Travel:


And of course Wyatt Earp:

So, let's compare the TV Wyatt (above) to the real Wyatt (below):

I also like the Bat Masterson TV show:

Who looks fairly close to the real Bat:

And many more.  BTW, here is some Western trivia?  Did you know how the term "red light district" got its name??  I have heard different explanations, like a house of ill repute put a red light in the window for advertisement.  But I just read that it came from the Red Light Bordello in Dodge City, Kansas.  The front door of the building was made of red glass and thus produced a red glow at night from the lights burning inside the house.

It is amazing what you learn from western history.  OK, before I go, I am going to tell you that Billy the Kid was born in New York City.  Now, that takes some of the hot air out of that guy for me.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?  

24 comments:

  1. Every once in a while, if i'm at bro's house, get into watching gunsmoke too,,, he has the western channel.

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    1. Yep, I love that Western Channel. Has a lot of good shows.

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  2. I was about 10 or 11 when our family got a TV. We had 3 channels, and later, a public TV channel; it remained that way until I was in my mid 40's. When you have 3 channels you watch either the best show of 3, or the least bad of 3. I was never an avid TV or movie watcher and I guess the only cowboy show I liked was Gusmoke. Now I have access to hundreds of channels of which there are probably 3 or 4 with consistently good programming

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    1. I may have been a little younger than that, but I got a bad sickness which kept me down for weeks and I guess my parents felt sorry for me and got a TV to watch. Remember Sky King and Penny?

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    2. I listened to Sky King on radio, as well as Lone Ranger and a few others. They were never as good on TV because I already had them pictured in my mind but the show director's idea was totally different. That's mainly why I don't like movies - I want to imagine a story from reading or hearing it.

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    3. My favorite western on radio was Straight Arrow. The dividers in shredded wheat boxes where trading cards of Straight Arrow.

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  3. yep ... like all those shows. well, my Dad did and we watched whatever he wanted to watch ... ;)

    I'd come home from wherever I was and you could count on what was on the TV ... I also liked The Big Valley and High Chaparral ~ Westerns were the rage then ... good shows

    Roy and Dale's TV show was great too ~ Gabby Hayes ... hah! what was ... ahhhh Smiley Burnet... good lord! good stuff, Dizzy.

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    1. Funny you should mention it, but I just finished watching The Big Valley and am now watching High Chaparral. When I was a young kid I sat in my front yard for a long time waiting to see Gabby Hayes and he did. Drove by in a red convertible with the top down. That is as close as I ever got to him.

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    2. WOW .... you saw Gabby? ha!

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    3. I depend upon YouTube and Hula for TV watching while traveling about as well as the regular network channels... so thought I'd check to see if YT had the westerns... sure do .. all of em... WHAT FUN

      look at this first episode .... 1955.... John Wayne introduces it... WOW

      http://youtu.be/ln19GNiqXBo

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    4. they also have Sky King! ha!

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    1. I do love to watch those old black and white shows. The Western Channel is nice enough to play a lot of those old shows.

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  5. When I was a little kid the local theater had Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy etc movies every Saturday morning. (this was before TV and cartoons)... Judy Canova, Gene Autry... Lone Ranger ... the list goes on. We kids all grew up on that stuff.... the good guy always won!

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    1. Yep, I was right there with you watching those shows.

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  6. I love the MEtv station on broadcast antenna tv ... watch Gunsmoke, Big Valley, Bonanza, Rawhide, etc.

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    1. I had to Google MEtv. Just never heard of it before. Sounds like a good system (or should I say looks like). I will have learn more about that. We have Dish and I also have a portable dish for travel.

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  7. As a kid I watched Bonanza and Big Valley with my parents (we only had one TV).

    It would tick dad off that Barbara Stanwyck was listed in the credits as Miss Barbara Stanwyck.

    In order to understand that you have to realize that the term Miss or sen~orita in Spanish is only used when addressing a single female virgin or it was back in the day (me rolling my eyes).

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    1. I keep telling these people in stores, in doctor's offices not to call me "Miss Linda"! 1) I am not a virgin or a "Miss." 2) It is belittling to me as I am not a child.. 3) I am not old and feeble and think people like me well and are being deferent if they call me "Miss Linda."

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    2. Lol, Linda :-)

      I on the other hand love to be called Miss Belinda, here in Texas they call everyone a Miss whether you are a virgin or not.

      When I got my blogger nick I was just going to call myself Belinda but I thought of dad and how many times he got mad at Miss Barbara that for the fun of it I added a Ms in front of my name...now you all know the rest of the story...jajajaja :D

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    3. MsB, I guess if you don't know if a lady is married or not, it is just saver to call her "Mam".

      Practical, Yes "mam", I will remember that.

      MsB, Yes, Texans have a habit of calling all women "Miss".

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  8. DD,
    You got your western history almost correct - maybe.

    Billy was born in Brooklyn in 1859 which is now part of New York City but that did not happen until 1898. Billy was a Brooklyn boy by most accounts however Wikipedia claims he was born in NYC although it also says that his birthplace remains in question. He arrived in New Mexico when he was 14.

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  9. Ed, thanks for the correction and straightening out the facts.

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