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3.9 out of 5 stars
Whispering Smith [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price:£46.84+ £1.26 shipping


on 5 April 2011
1961 was something of a watershed year for TV westerns. All the great shows of the golden age were still running - `Gunsmoke', `Bonanza', `Wagon Train', `Cheyenne', `Maverick', `Laramie', `Rawhide', `Lawman', `Tales of Wells Fargo', `Have Gun-Will Travel' - plus others!
So, the long anticipated (it was actually made in 1959) `Whispering Smith' was up against some real heavyweights, and it hardly scratched the surface. The show's troubled history and Audie's dissatisfaction has been well documented and `Whispering Smith' remains a curiosity in the TV western genre.
The stories are plot-led, leaving little scope for characterisation. A successful series needs a strong personality to carry it, and sadly there's nothing really distinctive about Audie, who though likeable, is just too bland and neutral - he doesn't even have a badge, or seem to have any kind of life outside of the job.
Guy Mitchell as his curiously named sidekick `Romack' is more interesting and brings some mild humour to the show, plus he gets to sing from time to time, but again his character is sorely underdeveloped.
Production values are rather sparse and it's mostly shot on the Universal backlot street that would later become Medicine Bow in `The Virginian'.
The DVD is value for the money, with the greater investment being in the time spent watching all the shows, some of which are a bit dull. 26 episodes were made though only 20 were broadcast, and 25 appear on the DVD with one episode `The Interpreter' missing.
Happily there are gems to be discovered! Robert Redford makes an early appearance, and in `The Poet and Peasant Case' the great Allan Mowbray, in a rare TV appearance, reprises his `Granville Thorndike' role from `My Darling Clementine' - albeit with a twist!
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on 7 January 2017
Good western
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on 11 September 2010
now listen partners, 25 episodes starring audie murphy, just get it, its rare as rockin horse s--t, these episodes are from 1961 and are great for a quick shoot em up before your main matinee, cheap as beans hombre,,
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on 10 July 2010
AUDIE MURPHY AND GUY MITCHELL, AN UNUAL PAIRING THAT REALLY WORKED WELL FOR THIS TV SERIES, A WELL MADE FORGOTTEN TV SERIES, THAT I BELIEVE WAS AUDIE MURPHY'S ONLY TV WORK......GREAT!!!
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on 26 June 2015
nice films thanks
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on 5 May 2014
I chose this because it is the only TV series Audie Murphy made. Wouldn't suit everyone as it's black/white and only half hourly stories
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on 31 December 2012
very enjoyable and quality good given the era it was made
it is great to be able to get shows like this
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on 6 February 2011
never heard of this western series before but being audie murphy took the chance glad i did good series 25eps on 3 dvds good picture and sound and a great price recommended
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on 5 July 2010
Very typical of TV cowboy series in the early 1960's but still enjoyable if you like watching Audie.
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on 21 January 2014
I do not wish to spend my time writing on items. In the main it is something I wish to have & no more
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