TV Medical Men POD ~ 7/10

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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TV Medical Men POD ~ 7/10

Post by Tracy » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:42 am

Living in the 1800s, without so many of the comforts we now enjoy,
must have been difficult enough - even if they didn't know what they did not yet have.

Many illnesses, injuries, and diseases could be treated,
but only if you were fortunate enough to live in or near a
town graced with a real doctor. Oh, some were self-taught,
a few were college educated, but many were "practicing" remedies
and procedures passed down through generations of speculation, beliefs, and home remedies.

Through the TV western came a breed of hero - the town doctor.

Often paid in livestock, free liquor, home-baked goods, and
weekly meals, the western doctor became an important part
of many television westerns.

One of the most beloved of these is Galen Adams, M.D., played by
Milburn Stone from 1955-1975 on "Gunsmoke."


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Re: TV Medical Men POD ~ 7/10

Post by windward » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:28 am

Yes, you are right, Tracy, the doctor was an integral part of the array of western characters, just like the sheriff, the bartender, the gunslinger ... I remember this one very faintly from my childhood days, when I watched "Gunsmoke" every week. And I do like the painting of him.

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Post by Adamant » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:46 am

What a lovely portrait! I think most westerns that took place in a city/town, had a doctor character. Doc Adams was probably the best known with the most developed character.
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Post by ellen » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:06 am

Doc Adams was a GREAT character! He wasn't just "that doctor character"; Doc had a personality and was a lot of fun to watch.
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Post by ansinico » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:21 pm

I agree the 'doc' became a necessity in most TV Westerns. Not a big fan of Gunsmoke, I did though like Doc Adams. I also agree with the quality of the portrait - excellent!
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Post by Tracy » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:21 am

"The Rifleman"

Doctor Jay Burrage lived and practiced in

North Fork, New Mexico Territory.

Over the show's five-year-run, the doc

was played by seven actors.

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Re: TV Medical Men POD ~ 7/10

Post by showdown » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:31 am

Normally the Western-doctor had been casted with an old actor, who stands for experience and confidence. He was integer and was known for his morality and virtue.

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Re: TV Medical Men POD ~ 7/10

Post by Tracy » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:03 am

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In 1971, Gunsmoke's

Milburn Stone (Doc Adams) suffered a sudden heart attack.

The writers worked their magic:
Miss Kitty finds a letter from Doc Adams, who has disappeared from Dodge.
The letter explains that Doc is distraught over the death of a young girl under his care.
The child had an illness he didn't know how to treat.
Doc states he has gone East to re-enter medical school, planning to learn new techniques and
procedures to handle something other than surgery for bullet wounds.

Enter Pat Hingle as Dr. John Chapman as the town's new doctor.

Milburn Stone returned to the show the very next season.

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Post by Karol » Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:15 am

A very interesting theme, Tracy! :thumbup
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Re: TV Medical Men POD ~ 7/10

Post by windward » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:03 am

Yesterday: I have never the seen "The Rifleman" but I'm quite surprised that the audience accepted so many different actors for one character over the years. Strange that nobody wanted to stay longer.
Today: It's always interesting to see what kind of stories writers come up with when they have to explain the sudden absence of a character and sometimes also the sudden return. :grin I'm glad Milburn stone was able to resume his work at "Gunsmoke".

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