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Monday, November 5, 2007

Six Shooter, The

item imageA weekly old-time radio program in the USA. It was created by Frank Burt, who also wrote many of the episodes, and lasted only one season of 39 episodes on NBC (Sept. 20, 1953-June 24, 1954). Through March 21, 1954 it was broadcast Sundays at 8 p.m. Beginning April 1, 1954 through the final episode it was on Thursday at 8 p.m. James Stewart starred as Britt Poncet, a drifting cowboy in the final years of the wild west. Episodes ranged from straight western drama to whimsical comedy. A trademark of the show was Stewart's use of whispered narration during tense scenes that created a hightened sense of drama and relief when the situation was resolved. Some of the more prominent actors to perform on the program included Parley Baer, Virginia Gregg, Harry Bartell, Howard McNear, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Alan Reed, Marvin Miller and William Conrad. Some did multiple episodes playing different characters. Each episode opened with the announcer stating: The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged his skin is sun-dyed brown the gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl, its handle unmarked. People call them both "the Six Shooter." The haunting theme music was "Highland Lament" by series composor Basil Adlam. The final broadcast "Myra Barker" provided a satisfying (if melancholy) finale to the series: Ponsett falls in love but eventually breaks the engagement, realizing that he could never settle down and would be placing her in perpetual dread of the day when his gun finally proves too slow. With sadness he rides off after telling Myra farewell and resumes his wanderings.

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