A late entry in the TV Westerns boom of the late 50s. Shotgun Slade unlike other show hero wasn't a marshal, sheriff or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private detective, hired to ...
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A late entry in the TV Westerns boom of the late 50s. Shotgun Slade unlike other show hero wasn't a marshal, sheriff or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private detective, hired to track down criminals, return stolen money, or solve mysteries surrounding the death of towns people. The show has more in common with shows like Peter Gunn and 77 Sunset Strip then Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Shotgun Slade depended on strong characters and story lines then action. Written by
It is indeed very strange, especially with the soundtrack. And this is no "Peter Gunn."
But one could do a LOT worse!
From what I saw of the episode I saw on YouTube, which originally aired 11 June 1960, some of the acting seems rather wooden. I can see why the show was not on the major networks.
But using a jazz score, in my opinion, is an inspired choice, especially for a show airing in the late Eisenhower era. I personally think using such a score for, say, "Bat Masterson," would have given that show an added edge!!
As it is, this show is ripe for a parody!
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