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Art and politics in Have gun-- Will travel : the 1950s television Western as ethical drama

Author: Kathleen Spencer
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This work places Have Gun-Will Travel in its larger historical context. A brief biography of Boone is included, revealing how his values and experiences shaped the series. Major themes and patterns of the show are analyzed and compared with those of competing shows, in particular the figures of the lawman, gunfighter and the outlaw, minorities, and women"--
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Richard Boone; Richard Boone
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Spencer
ISBN: 9780786478842 0786478845
OCLC Number: 881440640
Description: x, 247 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Part I: Contexts --
An Overview --
One: The TV Western: American Manhood in Crisis --
Two: Television in the 1950s --
Three: Richard Boone: An Unreasonable Man --
Four: Behind the Scenes: Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Have Gun-Will Travel --
Part II: Texts --
An Overview --
Five: Frontier Justice --
Six: Gunfighters and Outlaws --
Seven: The Other Americans: Racial and Ethnic Minorities --
Eight: The Other Americans: Women.
Responsibility: Kathleen L. Spencer.

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From 1955-1964, American TV was awash in adult Westerns, accounting for as much as one-quarter of all prime-time programming. During its six seasons (1957-1963), Have Gun - Will Travel was recognised  Read more...

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