Death Valley Days: Episode surprised me

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Death Valley Days: Episode surprised me

Post by BuckAndCochise » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:55 am

Well, still furloughed and have no idea when I'm returning to work so I decided that I may as well start a new series. I was flipping through the Starz Westerns and I stumbled upon the show Death Valley Days. I had heard about this show before and, as much as I love Westerns, this just seemed like such a long, boring show. I was very wrong. What caught my attention was it was about John B. Stetson, inventor of the Stetson hat and who portrayed him was even more surprising: Alan Young aka Wilbur Post on Mister Ed.

I won't deny it, I always associate him with anything funny. I had never seen him not do anything that wasn't comedic in some way, even as the murdering diner owner, he was rather funny, so I decide: "Well I need a pick-me-up so may as well give this a watch." I thought it was going to be lighthearted and funny. I was wrong.

As I'm watching this episode, Young just completely blows me away. Not once does he do anything remotely comical as he is playing a man who came out west to die. Stetson had tuberculosis for anyone that doesn't know and was told that he didn't have any chance of surviving until he meets a saloon girl and a fur trapper who show him the only kindness he has ever received ever since he had been diagnosed.

One instance in the episode made me start to get misty eyed. John goes off to leave Dan, the trapper, because he feels that he is holding him back on his quest to collect furs because he has to worry about him falling behind. After Dan asks him that if it would be easier to just lie down and die, John states that it would be and Dan punches him so hard that it knocks him to the ground, props to Young for this because it's true that if you do hit someone hard enough, they will slightly bounce so that was impressive. Dan tells him that he is a gutless and spineless excuse for a man, and then Young gives quite possibly one of the best performances I have ever seen.

He tells Dan how easy has it, not having to worry about dying and that he wants to "end it" but it never happens. He eventually breaks down into tears and tells him that he wants to live but there is nothing he can do about. Dan smiles and tells him that he punched him because he wanted him to get mad and to prove everyone wrong, that he isn't going to let the TB get the best of him.

The episode continues on, showing how John made the hat and a few obstacles that he and his newfound friend overcome before their original task is complete.

Again, I was absolutely shocked at Young's performance. Like I said, I'm used to seeing him be funny and lighthearted and just all around someone who comes off as they have nothing to be angry at or serious about, well unless you count when Ed agitates him but even then it's funny. It was so eerie to see the first half of the episode where he was just content with dying and how eerie it was that he was so nonchalant about it, even smiling at one point. That was just freaky and I nearly went up the wall :laughing Not really but it gave me an icy feeling.

If anyone ever gets a chance, give it a watch. If you have Starz Streaming, give it a watch. It'll definitely change your opinion of what type of actor he was. It surely did me!
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Re: Death Valley Days: Episode surprised me

Post by Tracy » Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:45 pm

I know him as the voice of Scrooge McDuck.
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Re: Death Valley Days: Episode surprised me

Post by daisy60 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:51 pm

I have about 6 different Starz [on Mobdro] and still rarely watch them. I've watched Death Valley Days a few times but I wasn't a huge fan of it. It was an ok show. :cactussmilie
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Re: Death Valley Days: Episode surprised me

Post by BuckAndCochise » Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:22 pm

Tracy wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:45 pm
I know him as the voice of Scrooge McDuck.
Fun Fact about that! The accent he used as Scrooge was his real accent whereas everywhere else was not. When he moved to America in the early 40s, his agent said he needed to lose the accent or nobody would hire him.
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Re: Death Valley Days: Episode surprised me

Post by BuckAndCochise » Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:24 pm

daisy60 wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:51 pm
I have about 6 different Starz [on Mobdro] and still rarely watch them. I've watched Death Valley Days a few times but I wasn't a huge fan of it. It was an ok show. :cactussmilie
I found it boring other than that episode tbh
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