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 was once famous as the best exhibits on television—politically the main liberal, and intellectually and aesthetically the main subtle, principally due to Richard Boone.
This paintings locations the sequence in its greater historic context, exploring why the Western was once so renowned on the time, and examines how the early background of tv affected the exhibits. a short biography of Boone is incorporated, revealing how his values and stories formed the sequence. Behind-the-scenes lifestyles at the express is in comparison with that of its most well liked opponents, Gunsmoke, Wagon educate and Bonanza. significant issues and styles of the indicates are in comparison, specifically the figures of the lawman, the gunfighter and the outlaw, racial and ethnic minorities, and women.

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