Frontier Gentleman was a CBS radio program that began its forty-one episode run back on February 2, 1958 and ceasing production on November 16 of that same year. It boasts some top notch acting talent thanks to John Dehner who plays the lead character, J.B. Kendall, the Frontier Gentleman.
The Frontier Gentleman is in the Old West, a British reporter for the London Times – doing his best to give the readers back across the pond an idea of what frontier life is like…and usually finding himself involved in those very stories he is writing about. In our episode for this week entitled The Preacher – Kendall must come to the aid of a preacher with a dark past, will he be able to save the man?
Find out for yourself on Retro Radio Memories!
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Does that music sound familiar?
I would be remiss in my duty if I didn’t inform you the theme for Frontier Gentleman was composed by the legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith – who just happened to go on from this show to score the likes of Planet of the Apes, The Omen, Alien, Gremlins, and five of the Star Trek films to name a few. How about taking just a few moments to listen to Jerry Goldsmith and Robert Wise discuss the iconic theme from 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture…and how they were forced to change the original theme!
Welcome back friends to the Retro Radio Memories podcast! Each week we will briefly discuss a classic old time radio show before sharing said program with you listeners. For this episode we have a rip-roaring 1952 adventure entitled “The Forged Fire” from the Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock radio series!
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Westward the Women is a 1951 western directed by William A. Wellman and starring Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel and John McIntire. The films plot is wholly original and I have never seen another western like it. California has gold and a lot of men seeking it. What they don’t have is women. So Buck Wyatt, played by Robert Taylor, leads a wagon train full of women across country to new lives with desperate husbands. While on the journey they face hardship after hardship and Buck and these women demonstrate the mettle needed to move across the country. Even when hopes are dashed through loss or danger, they manage to persevere and when they finally get to California. When there, they all ride triumphantly into town, finally meeting up with the men whose photographs they carried across country. Its a hard won victory and they all get in line for the preacher. But will cynical Buck join the line to make this a true “happy ending”? You will need to watch to see.
– Audio Commentary with film historian Scott Eyman
– Vintage M-G-M featurette “Challenge the Wilderness (interesting)
– The Original Theatrical Trailer
This is a big step up from “As is” releases and a great addition to your classic movie collection. If your a fan of the western genre, you will find Westward the Women and re-watchable addition to your collection. So pick up your copy today.
The modern western got a kick in the pants when Clint Eastwood released the movie “Unforgiven”. Some say it injected a new reality into the western, but you can go back 20 years and see that more realistic western dramas existed that weren’t your standard “Wild West” movie. Amongst them is the often overlooked Blake Edward’s film, Wild Rovers (now available on DVD from the Warner Archive). I know what you are thinking, this film involves a bank robbery, how is that different from other westerns? Its not so much the actions the characters take that makes it different. but the morality of the movie is more ambiguous then other westerns and the injection of humor into the film is disarming and endearing. The movie is well acted and filled with great performances by Karl Malden, William Holden, Tom Skerrit and Joe Don Baker. All the characters are well written and inhabited enough that you can actually see them evolve, which is rare for a genre that is famous for its archetypes.
It is a movie well worth owning, which is why I am glad that the Warner Archive has given the film an on-demand release.
Lifelong ranch hand Ross Bodine decides cowpunching is no kind of life. So he and a raw cowboy half his age rob a bank to get the cash each needs to improve his lot. An indignant posse is soon in pursuit. Filmmaker Blake Edwards made his name with The Pink Panther and other comedies, but he also showed great skill in other genres with the thriller Experiment in Terror, the drama Days of Wine and Roses and this nuanced paean to the West. In performances perfectly matching Edwards’ balance of rowdy comedy and hardscrabble period realism, William Holden and Ryan O’Neal play the fugitive saddlebums, with Holden drawing special praise. “As he grows older, he grows better like a great old wine. All the reverberations from the previous roles are beginning to sound” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).