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Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors, 1946-present (Ellen and Edward Randall Series)
 
 

Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors, 1946-present (Ellen and Edward Randall Series) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Brode , Fess Parker
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"This volume enshrines and preserves the essence of what the TV Western has always been all about." --Fess Parker, star of the Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone TV series, from the foreword

Since the beginning of television, Westerns have been playing on the small screen. From the mid-1950s until the early 1960s, they were one of TV's most popular genres, with millions of viewers tuning in to such popular shows as Rawhide, Gunsmoke, and Disney's Davy Crockett. Though the cultural revolution of the later 1960s contributed to the demise of traditional Western programs, the Western never actually disappeared from TV. Instead, it took on new forms, such as the highly popular Lonesome Dove and Deadwood, while exploring the lives of characters who never before had a starring role, including anti-heroes, mountain men, farmers, Native and African Americans, Latinos, and women.

Shooting Stars of the Small Screen is a comprehensive encyclopedia of more than 450 actors who received star billing or played a recurring character role in a TV Western series or a made-for-TV Western movie or miniseries from the late 1940s up to 2008. Douglas Brode covers the highlights of each actor's career, including Western movie work, if significant, to give a full sense of the actor's screen persona(s). Within the entries are discussions of scores of popular Western TV shows that explore how these programs both reflected and impacted the social world in which they aired. Brode opens the encyclopedia with a fascinating history of the TV Western that traces its roots in B Western movies, while also showing how TV Westerns developed their own unique storytelling conventions.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4752 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (15 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZK53AE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish 19 Mar 2010
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If you are a western fan like me, don't waste your money. The only good bit about this book is the cover. The content is cheap looking and poor. Hardly any photo's of the characters whose faces we know but whose names escape us. So you read about an actor whose face you cannot place. Some of the selections are way off the mark. Since when was John Mills a cowboy or come to that Jill Ireland a cowgirl. There are quite a few books out there far superior to this one and with a twenty quid price tag this is an expensive piece of tosh. Also no dust jacket, pity that, because thats what it will be gathering on my shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 1 May 2013
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I hate these reviews and avoid them mostly. I have already said I love it and then I am asked why did I pick that rating. Because I love it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Guide to Boob Tube Cowboys! 13 Feb 2010
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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Prolific author Douglas Brode takes Baby Boomers down memory lane with this guide to 450+ actors/actresses who starred in TV westerns from 1946 to 2008. Especially during the 1950s, the small screen was inundated with westerns galore, some classics, others run-of-the-mill. Whether you were a fan of DAVY CROCKETT, WAGON TRAIN, PALADIN, RAWHIDE, MAVERICK, THE RIFLEMAN, F TROOP or later entries like LONESOME DOVE, coach potatoes will find something of interest in Brode's book.

After an interesting essay on cowboys on the small screen, Brode details the actors and actresses who rode the ranges on the small screen. SHOOTING STARS OF THE SMALL SCREEN is alphabetically arranged; the first entry being Lee Aaker, the last, Anthony Zerbe. In between you'll find so many wonderful actors/actresses - Gene Autry, Ward Bond, Richard Boone, Fess Parker, Sam Elliott, Gene Evans, Jeanette Nolan, R. G. Armstrong, Charles Bronson, James Garner, Robert Duvall, Amanda Blake, Gabby Hayes, Bill Boyd, Steve McQueen, Nick Adams, Dan Duryea, Jane Seymour, David Carradine, John Russell, James Coburn, Darren McGavin, Lee Marvin, Walter Brennan, Ross Martin, Lorne Greene, L. Q. Jones, Jack Palance, etc. - who starred in western series or essayed memorable guest appearances. Some entries may surprise you - Jerry Reed, Suzanne Somers, etc. - but, according to Brode, they rate inclusion.

Brode provides basic biographical info on each, details their work in westerns and subsequent career. Entries can range from a few short paragraphs to several pages. James Arness, for example, rates four pages; Fess Parker and Hugh O'Brian, five. Some entries - about 75 - include a photograph of the actor/actress or series cast.

SHOOTING STARS OF THE SMALL SCREEN is the kind of book you can devour cover to cover or just open to a page, read and enjoy. TV buffs will enjoy revisiting their favorite cowpokes, cowgirls and shows. It's a hoot. Recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun bit of nostalgia !! 12 Jan 2010
By M.C. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not about the movies or television shows of the western era. It is an encyclopedia of the actors that brought the genre to life on the celluloid screen. Western actors, big and small, top bill and sidekick are listed, each with a small biography. The author talks about how the actor found themselves in Hollywood and landed the show or movie that made them a shooting star. I was finally able to put names to the many faces that I have watched on screen for some time. It's basic reading, but very enjoyable. Long Live Cowboys!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shooting Stars is a Star 20 Oct 2009
By Castle - Published on Amazon.com
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I love TV westerns and western actors. Shooting Stars is the most informative encyclopedia of TV westerns that I've ever seen. With this book as a guide, I would love to watch some of the episodes that I have not seen in a long time.

Very interesting and great fun. If you like westerns get this book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference 30 April 2010
By Leigh Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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As a life long fan of TV westerns I have to admit, sadly, that my memory is fading. With this book on the coffee table I can reference an actor, find what westerns he acted in, and be directed to his/her co-stars. Although this book doesn't offer much information that can't be found on the internet, it is conveniently packaged, alphabetically ordered, and interestingly written. You'll find fascinating tidbits on many stars, from Lee Aaker to Anthony Zerbe, and everyone in between. Did you know that Jeannette Nolan, John McIntire's wife, and star of "The Virginian", in addition to many other TV westerns, was the voice of "Norma Bates" in Psycho?
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of cowboy actor info... 25 July 2013
By Judy Safford - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is filled with background information on most cowboy actors from the 50's and 60's. It tells what shows they were in, birth and death dates if deceased. Good index, easy to read, but could use more pictures. I don't know all the players in this book, but a few comments concerning my favorites seemed to be opinion. Would recommend to your collection if you were a cowboy fan.
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