THE OLD WEST LIVES THIS WEEK IN THE DARK VAULT!
It’s an evening of hard ridin’ and straight shootin’ this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as UNCLE PETE presents the Classic TV Spectacular – Pt. III featuring a buckboard full of classic western shows plucked from the golden days of the cathode ray tube.
The whoopin’ and hollerin’ starts up with Bat Masterson, starring Gene Barry as Bat and guest stars William (Frank Cannon) Conrad and James (Roscoe P. Coltrane) Best. Bat rides into a horse wranglers’ tent city named Prosper and sees a man chained to a post waiting to be the guest of honor at a necktie party. A pretty girl (required in every Bat Masterson episode) tells Bat that the man on the post is innocent and needs help. Bat takes up the task and gunplay and brawlin’ ensue – but is the gent in question really innocent? Find out as we see Bat Masterson in Stampede In Tent City.
Next up is a dose of hard ridin’, straight shootin’, and suspense (as the show’s intro told us every week). It’s the best shootin’ gal of the Old West, Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis. Gail, a frequent co-star of Gene Autry , appeared each week along with her horse Target, lawman Lofty Cragg (Brad Johnson), and little brother Tag (Jimmy Hawkins) from 1954 through 1957 in a total of 81 episodes. Here in Shadow At Sonoma (1956), there’s bad guys afoot at the county fair as Annie spots a dead ringer for Lofty who ain’t no straight shooter.
Up next we add a little color (literally) with an episode of The Cisco Kid. After a long and successful run as a radio drama, it moved to television – airing from 1950 to 1956, starring veteran actors Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carillo as his sidekick Pancho riding hither and yon on their horses Diablo and Loco righting wrongs and helping the unfortunate and put-upon. This episode finds our Robin Hood of the Old West challenged by bushwhackers, murderers, and some spooky stuff too in a story entitled Ghost Story.
Our fourth installment brings us the King Of The Cowboys – Roy Rogers (played by Roy Rogers). Each week Roy, horse Trigger, dog Bullet, sweetie Dale Evans – Queen Of The West, Dale’s horse Buttermilk and comic sidekick Pat Brady with his jeep Nellie Belle rode the range finding bad guys and helping out folks that needed help. The show aired from 1951 to 1957 and in this episode from 1952 Roy and his gang help little Lucy who has just lost her Mommy and whose Daddy has a price on his head for some hanky panky at the banky, er bank. Lucy doesn’t think her Daddy is an outlaw and neither does Roy, but he must prove that before the law or the bad guys settle his hash first. It’s Unwilling Outlaw on The Roy Rogers Show.
UNCLE PETE, having just vaporized the ice off Lake Dark Vault, finds time for a little fishing for some of the Lake’s always interesting creatures. There’s also some viewer mail. It’s fast six-guns, horses, action aplenty and a little Happy Trails To You this Saturday, April 4, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 99 (Elmira/Corning), and channel 17 (Sayre). Join UNCLE PETE, Stone Dog, and Ol’ Potmetal the Horse as they bring you the newly remixed remastered Classic TV Spectacular Pt.III – Western style – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!