POD revisited ~TV Lawmen of The West 1

If you like the westerns we’re currently discussing, you may have liked other western TV shows. So why don’t we discuss them here! Post about western conventions (non Bonanza), the shows, the actors and anything you want to discuss.

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POD revisited ~TV Lawmen of The West 1

Post by Tracy » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:16 pm

Monday

Virginia City had a few sheriffs and
deputies before Ray Teal settled in as Sheriff Roy Coffee and later,
Bing Russell moved in as Deputy (and sometimes, Sheriff) Clem Foster.

The TV westerns of the Bonanza era offered similar situations,
and many had their own lawmen appearing as regulars in the show.



Today's lawman is the one and only U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, played by

James Arness for TWENTY years from 1955-1975.

That's 635 episodes!

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Re: POD ~ Lawmen of The West

Post by Adamant » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:22 pm

Dang, he was something else, wasn't he? And what a clever idea to do a POD of "Lawmen."
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Re: POD ~ Lawmen of The West

Post by ansinico » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:01 pm

I agree on both accounts.
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Re: POD ~ Lawmen of The West

Post by Terina » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:26 pm

I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Post by dougsgirl » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:28 pm

Great topic. I always liked him but wasn't gaga over him like Pernell.

He was one tall guy too, 6'7". I truly would look like a midget next to him.

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Re: POD ~ Lawmen of The West

Post by Tracy » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:34 pm

During World War 2, James Arness served as a rifleman with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division
and was severely wounded during Operation Shingle, at Anzio, Italy.

This is one of my favorite Gunsmoke promo pics of James.
Gotta say, there's something about this man . . . :thud
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Re: POD ~ Lawmen of The West

Post by Calamity » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:02 pm

Great idea for a POD, and an amazing beginning.
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Re: POD ~ Lawmen of The West

Post by Karol » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:35 am

Great idea - like to watch the pics of James Arness!
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Re: POD ~ TV Lawmen of The West

Post by Tracy » Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:27 am

Tuesday

While some may disagree,
I think Dennis Weaver as Chester Goode in Gunsmoke belongs in this POD.

Weaver played Chester in 290 episodes from 1955-64.

While he is never shown being sworn in as a temporary U.S. Deputy Marshal,
he does on occasion wear the badge.

Did you know Chester's "limp" was Dennis Weaver's idea and
that by the second season, he regretted it?
It seems he had trouble mounting horse and
navigating the staircase up to the
doctor's office while wearing the brace
that reminded him to limp.

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Re: POD ~ TV Lawmen of The West

Post by Adamant » Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:30 am

Of course Chester belongs here. I really enjoyed him in the series and although I also like Festus Hagen, he went through a metamorphosis during the series.

And if Chester didn't have limp, why Goober, Gomer Pyle's cousin, couldn't imitate him ! (Talk about meta-moments--a TV show referring to another TV show. Love when that happens.)
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