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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (15 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434359255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434359254
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Hall on 14 Jan 2009
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For anyone who is a a fan of westerns then this is the book for you. 50 years of tv westerns is a fantastic book. It gives a run down of the programme, photos of all the stars in the shows. Sadly it also gives the dates of the people who have died since the shows were made. This is a book not to be missed and worth every penny. Westerns are not as popular as they used to be these days but this book takes a walk down memory lane and its a lovely walk and I would encourage everyone to buy and read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. Barker on 23 April 2009
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Beautifully presented book, wonderful pictures and write ups about every western star including their horses. Made my old man a very happy young boy again!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stafford on 14 Dec 2009
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Great content if in any way interested in the rich history of the now almost defunct TV western. Brings back a host of memories from growing up through the late 50's/early 60's and even on into the 70's. Only problemn I had was that I expected the whole thing to be done in a lot better quality for the price. I know that there will be limited demand for this sort of thing but if you put the effort into the content then why not the quality of the production ?
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By clarkkent on 27 July 2014
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very well packed and exactly as described
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Too Expensive And Full Of Mistakes 2 Aug 2009
By Gerhard Lack - Published on Amazon.com
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An overview of the classic series of the 50's and 60's. I found more than 50 (!) unbelievable mistakes in this book it seems the authors do know nothing about the TV Series they report on or maybe watched them with eyes and ears closed when they where kids.

Some examples: THE LONE RANGER: they say Tonto was a Mohawk. Jay Silverheels was part of the Mohawk nation in REAL LIFE not in the series. RAWHIDE: the trail drive was coming from Ft. Worth NOT San Antonio and it was going to Sedalia, Missouri NOT to Sedalia Kansas. MAVERICK: James Garner did not quit Maverick over a writer's Strike. It was a salary dispute with Warner Bros. WAGON TRAIN: In a photo Michael Burns is identified as Denny Miller. Denny is not even in the photo.THE TALL MAN: Billy the Kid was not gunned down in a gunfight with Pat Garrett. The Kid was ambushed in a dark room and Garrett blasted him when he entered the room. YANCY DERRINGER: X. Brands was not a deaf mute indian. He was only mute and could hear Jock Mahoney talking to him.

I could go on and on but this might be boring the reader, so a good one at the end: DAVY Crockett: They state that the real Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and others were overun and killed at the Alamo by "nearly 200 Mexican renegades" WOW! Santa Anna in front of the Alamo with 200 guys?? ( He had about 5,000 Federal Mexican Troops.)

Nice photos. But very very overpriced! One of the authors, Doug Abbot, offers also photos by email from your favourite show, at $ 12.00 a piece. A lot of money for an email picture!

If you want even more pictures and of course absolutely more serious background information on the series than you can get in this book I recommend the four volumes of "The TV Official Western Book" by Neil Summers. Published by Old West Shop Publishing. They are out of print but a good one volume edition is currently advertised by the publisher. Try to get those out of print versions on the secondary market (Ebay, etc) and you will have a real treasure mine!

Why 3 Stars? I voted these BEFORE reading the book, so they are just for the pictures!
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A LOT OF MISTAKES & VERY OVER PRICED 11 Sep 2011
By Jeffery J. Wunsch - Published on Amazon.com
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I HAVE BEEN A HUGE FAN OF MANY OF THE CLASSIC TV WESTERNS FOR MANY YEARS , & HAVE A HUGE COLLECTION OF WESTERN TV PHOTOS , SO I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BOOK , HOWEVER THERE ARE SO MANY MISTAKES FROM THE TWO MEN THAT PUT THE BOOK TOGETHER & CLAIM THEY LOVE THE TV WESTERNS SO MUCH ? MISTAKES LIKE THE WAGON TRAIN COLOR PHOTO ON PAGE 105 , THEY LIST ONE ACTOR AS DENNY MILLER WHEN IN FACT IT IS MICHAEL BURNS , ALSO FOR SUCH A MAJOR SERIES AS WAGON TRAIN - THEY DID NOT EVEN LIST MICHAEL BURNS AS A REGULAR IN THE CAST , THERE IS NO MENTION OF HIM AT ALL ? YET HE WAS A REGULAR FOR THE LAST TWO SEASONS OF THE SHOW. ANOTHER MISTAKE IS THE CAST LISTING OF BONANZA ON PAGE 114 , LISTING DAVID CANARY AS MR. CANADAY ??? WHEN IT SHOULD OF BEEN CANDY , - RONALD JACKSON & DOUG ABBOTT DID NOT ADD MUCH TEXT ABOUT THE SHOWS SO YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD GET IT RIGHT ON THE BASIC INFO ON SUCH POPULAR SHOWS, AS FOR THE PHOTOS SOME ARE VERY NICE BUT MAINLY COMMON SHOTS , NOT MANY ARE RARE SHOTS ON THIS VERY OVER PRICED BOOK , SO I GAVE THE BOOK 2 OUT OF 5 STARS.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great book for TV Historians & Western Fans. 17 Feb 2009
By C. M. Street - Published on Amazon.com
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If you turn on a TV today you will most likely find yourself confronted with a `reality' show. Back in the 50's & early 60's the same action would almost certainly have resulted in you tuning in to a western. There were over 140 different TV westerns produced in this period, some long running & successful whilst others quickly `bit the dust'.

The early TV westerns were a natural progression from the `B' westerns produced for the matinee cinema audience from the 1930's on. By the early 50's these were in decline as television became the new mass medium for entertainment. Hence the movie cowboys switched their attention to the new format. Gene Autry, Roy Rogers & Hopalong Cassidy all swiftly moved onto the small screen with made for TV features and were joined by other cinematic legends such as `The Lone Ranger' & even `Rin-Tin-Tin the brave German shepherd dog battling outlaws & Indians out west.

Most of these pioneer efforts were aimed at juvenile audiences. There was plenty of action, good guys were whiter than white whilst the villains were irredeemably bad & received their deserved comeuppance within a quick 30 minutes or so.In all they provided fun & appeal for those growing.

By the mid 50's they were joined by the `adult' western. These contained far more mature storylines with characters with grey areas, rather than just the simple black & white of the children's offerings. Early examples were `Gunsmoke', which was to develop into one of the longest running series of all time, `Wyatt Earp' purporting to tell the legend of the famous lawman & the hour long `Cheyenne' a wandering cowboy who even stopped to romance the odd girl between shootouts.

Warner Brothers became one of the first major studios to produce adult westerns offering `Cheyenne' `Maverick' `Bronco' `& many others.
All were hits, and, as with any other popular trend, others jumped on the bandwagon.Virtually every old west figure ,good or bad, was turned into a series, mostly with scant regard to actual history. As real life characters ran out, new ones were created strictly for the medium so by 1959 there were no fewer than 25 westerns dominating the airwaves. Many actors such as Steve McQueen, James Garner & of course Clint Eastwood got their early breaks in TV westerns before going on to fame & fortune on the cinema screen. Meanwhile earlier film icons such as Bette Davis & Barbara Stanwyck found new leases of life as guest stars on these shows.

Eventually over saturation & changing attitudes towards violence on TV took their toll & the westerns went into decline & (with a few holdouts) had all but vanished by the late 60's. Nevertheless these shows continue to have a long lasting affection, particularly with baby boomers. Two such are Doug Abbott & Ronald Jackson the authors of this volume.

Both began to collect photos of their favourites in the 50's & as time progressed their collections grew to encompass every TV western made. Together they now have probably the most comprehensive array of pictures to be found anywhere in the world. Indeed even studios consult them for the occasional shot.

Many of their photos are now collectors pieces you would be hard put to find individually. Fortunately we now have an opportunity to share some of them in this fine book. Over 140 series are featured & in most cases several portraits or scenes for each show are included. A great many of them are in colour & are quite rare.

The book also contains a brief synopsis for each series & a list of main players & directors. As you glance through you will be reminded of many great shows & characters, some you had forgotten & maybe some you have never heard of.

All in all, this is a very comprehensive photographic guide to an important & still well loved period of television. Definitely a baby boomers delight.

The book is not cheap but there is nothing else like it on the market & probably never will be. I thoroughly recommend it for a good wallow in nostalgia.

Soft Cover- 240 + pages.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book 25 July 2013
By Judy Safford - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up watching cowboys on TV. Westerns were on every night of the week; it's a wonder I ever got my homework done to graduate from high school. This book shows them all with lots of pictures. It would make a great gift for anyone who was a cowboy fan in the 1960's. And it seems there were a lot of us.
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