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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Westerns and Martin

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s I (like so many young people of the time) watched Westerns on TV. Call it the American Spirit or a fascination with history (albeit modified and cleaned up), Western TV shows romanticized the Old West.  
The bad guys always lost, the Indians (while noble) were wild savages-mostly and life on the plains was simple and  idealized.

I had my favorites: Gunsmoke, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, The Rifleman, Bonanza, but there were dozens more spread out over the 1940s to the 1970s.

Author Richard West and McFarland Classics present Television Westerns Major and Minor Series 1946-1978.  

Pages are filled with insightful information about the shows, black and white photos and several Appendix on Timelines, Actors, Emmy Winners and so forth.

If you’re a fan of the old TV Westerns like I am then be sure to rustle up a copy to take back to the old homestead.

Quinn Martin, that name may not mean much to today’s television audience but back in the 1960s and 1970s Quinn Martin was a powerful creative force to be reckoned with.
Quinn Martin, Producers offers ‘A Behind-the-Scenes History of QM Productions and Its Founder.

Quinn Martin was responsible for a string of popular TV shows that featured more adult themes and often broached subject matters other TV shows of the time avoided.

Never one to turn down a challenge Quinn Martin produced and co-created some of the most memorable TV shows of any era. Such shows as Cannon, Barnaby Jones, The FBI, The Invaders, The Streets of San Francisco and other legendary shows became the templates of many of the shows seen on TV today.

Involved in all aspects of each show Quinn Martin took part in selecting actors and actresses, scripts, set pieces: any and everything that had to do with producing high quality TV programs.

Author Jonathan Etter has done an outstanding job of delving into the history of QM Productions and the man behind the name.