Exam 2 - March 1, 2007 Westerns as Social Commentary "The"...

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March 1, 2007 Westerns as Social Commentary “The” TV adult entertainment of the 1950s 30 Westerns were on the air during the 1959-1960 TV season (that’s 26% of prime time shows) o And there were only 9 networks 1958- 1959 season 9 of top 11 shows were westerns Morality plays- stories about the right and wrong of contemporary issues. Social issues transported back to a romanticized past After the great victory of WWII, at the height of the Cold War, and on the eve of the social upheaval of the 1960s Freedom-loving lawmen battling bad guys who would threaten the American way of life. A very dangerous world Whatever was right for the rugged American was right for the world. If there was a disagreement, the natural thing to do was to fight The heroes never had inner conflicts. Conflicts came from external evils of other people. Solution: put them in jail or kill them The Rifleman On the air from 1958-1963 Chuck Connors- lead character, a widower raising his son alone in the old west Weapons were part of the solution to the world’s problems. If one couldn’t reason then one used a weapon to solve the problem The Gun o Customized 1892 Model Winchester carbine o Large loop lever, with a screw in the trigger guard Episode- “The Indian” Lucas’ racism changes when he finds out the “Injun” is educated and a lawman himself Michael Ansara was born of Syrian parents “The white man’s laws are just” Have Gun Will Travel On air 1957-1963 Richard Boone as paladin Paladin lived a double life as a sophisticated gentleman and as a gunfighter for hire More sophisticated than most westerns of the time- the chess knight, the opening sequence, the use of the business card, ambiguity between right and wrong (man in black) Episode- Bitter Wine Themes o Pollution vs. progress
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o Racism March 6, 2007 Edward R. Murrow 1. Probably the most respected journalist in our history 2. Middle name was: Roscoe 3. 1908- 1965; He died of lung cancer two days shy of his 57 th birthday 4. He did high quality, professional work under crisis situations (high quality meaning telling the truth) 5.
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Exam 2 - March 1, 2007 Westerns as Social Commentary "The"...

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