Sunday, September 22, 2019


Post by Doris McCraw
writing as Angela Raines
Photo property of the author
I am going to go out on a limb and say most of those who write for and read this blog love westerns. For myself, I've been re-visiting and finding the old television shows and movies between work and writing. I thought I'd share some that have been fun, along with the stars that made them memorable.

One of the first series I watched was "Yancy Derringer". It only ran one season, and actually took place in New Orleans. Not really west, but the idea of the lone hero (or anti-hero depending on your view), righting wrongs fits the idea of the early Western. It starred Jock Mahoney. Here is a link to some additional information about the show: Yancy Derringer
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Cast of Yancy Derringer, Jock Mahoney is on the right
photo from Wikipedia
Of course, who doesn't remember "The Cisco Kid"? Even if you never saw the show, the Cisco Kid is a part of our combined consciousness. The show ran for six seasons and as the official IMDb site, " The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho travel the old west in the grand tradition of the Lone Ranger, writing wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they find it." The show was filmed in color, even though most televisions were black and white. The other interesting fact was Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo had starred in Cisco Kid movies prior to the television show. And Carrillo was seventy years old when filming the series. For more info: Cisco Kid

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Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carrillo as Pancho
These were followed in short order by "Whispering Smith" with Audie Murphy as a Denver Colorado police detective, "The Dakotas" with Jack Elam and a young Chad Everett, as two of four federal marshals and "The Texan" with Rory Calhoun, a loner who traveled the west righting wrongs.

Of course the "B" movies with the likes of Alan 'Rocky' Lane, Sunset Carson, Don 'Red' Barry, Wild Bill Elliott, and of course Charles Starrett as "The Durango Kid".

Alan 'Rocky' Lane with Lucille Ball
Photo from Wikipedia
There was also the "Gene Autry", "Roy Rogers" and the ever-popular "Hopalong Cassidy" movies and TV shows.

I once read that when William Boyd, who starred as Hopalong Cassidy, finally meet the author who created the character, Clarence Mulford, Mulford was reputed to have said something to the effect of  "So you're the SOB who changed my character". Still, the two were reputed to have gotten along well. Clarence Mulford

Of course, there were many movies and TV shows that came after these early offerings.

And just in case you think it's only movies and TV westerns, I've also been revisiting the stories of Western writers, T.T. Flynn, Alan LeMay, Peter Dawson, Lauran Paine, and L.P. Holmes. If you get a chance, give them a read if you have some time after you read your favorite author and are waiting for their next book to arrive.

What were your favorite old-time movies and TV Westerns? I know all the above and more inform my stories, including my most recent ones 'Duty', in the anthology "Hot Western Nights" and "The Outlaw's Letter"

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Doris Gardner-McCraw -
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women's History
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  1. Wow, lots of old westerns I used to watch here! I used to like to watch Roy Rogers and Jean Autry, I don't know if Zorro would be included in this , but I used to really like to watch Zorro. Thank you for this post, I enjoyed reading it and reminiscing. Have a Great week. God Bless you.

    1. I would consider Zorro a Western as it takes place in early California.
      Glad to bring back some fond memories. Doris

  2. I love old movies and you have compiled a wonderful list here. Time to save this for those rainy afternoons.

    1. I watch some of the episodes when I can't sleep or just need to decompress after a trying day. 😁 . I hope you can enjoy them as much or better than I do. They also help me workout scenes when I' writing. LOL Dorisu


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