As regular readers of this blog (if there are any at this point) are aware, I go through various "phases," where one genre of film or television dominates my viewing for a few weeks or - sometimes - months. I recently indulged in a late night binge of Eurospy movies
from my video collection, and right now, I'm in the midst of a fascination with late Fifties TV Westerns.
I don't own a whole lot in the genre - I have the first season of Have Gun - Will Travel
, the first season of Maverick
, and all three seasons of Wanted Dead Or Alive
on DVD. I thought I could watch more of these old Western series on Netflix Instant, but was very disappointed to discover that all they currently have available for streaming are a few Bonanza
episodes - and I saw way too much Bonanza
as a kid to watch it again now. So, I've been alternating between Have Gun
episodes and Wanted
episodes on DVD.
I wish I had all
of the Have Gun - Will Travel
seasons - Richard Boone's
"Paladin" is one of my favorite TV characters ever
- but those sets are pricey. I did
find a discounted copy of the Season Two set online and recently ordered it, along with the first season set of Bat Masterson
, starring Gene Barry
. I've never seen Bat
, but I'm a big fan of the actor, and his tongue-in-cheek detective series, Burke's Law
, is one of my favorite "classic" TV crime shows. (Now that I think of it, VCI Entertainment really needs to get the remaining seasons of Burke's Law
out on DVD soon....)
I hope to get the second season of Maverick
when it becomes available next month, and, based on a recommendation by my pal - and Gravedigger
collaborator - Rick Burchett
, I'm thinking of maybe picking up the Yancy Derringer
series, which starred two-time Tarzan, Jock Mahoney
, if I get a few extra bucks anytime soon. I'm a fan of the actor, and the New Orleans setting sounds promising.
So, how long will this 50's TV Western "kick" last? Who knows?