Art and Politics in Have Gun—Will Travel: The 1950s by Kathleen L. Spencer

By Kathleen L. Spencer

From 1955 to 1964, American tv used to be awash in grownup Westerns, up to one zone of all prime-time programming. in the course of its six seasons (1957–1963), Have Gun–Will Travel used to be famous as the best exhibits on television—politically the main liberal, and intellectually and aesthetically the main subtle, principally as a result of Richard Boone.
This paintings areas the sequence in its better historic context, exploring why the Western was once so renowned on the time, and examines how the early heritage of tv affected the indicates. a short biography of Boone is integrated, revealing how his values and studies formed the sequence. Behind-the-scenes lifestyles at the exhibit is in comparison with that of its most well-liked opponents, Gunsmoke, Wagon educate and Bonanza. significant subject matters and styles of the exhibits are in comparison, particularly the figures of the lawman, the gunfighter and the outlaw, racial and ethnic minorities, and women.

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