Shotgun Slade – western TV show

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Shotgun-Slade

Western television series starring Scott Brady that aired seventy-eight episodes in syndication from October 24, 1959, until 1961. The pilot for Shotgun Slade aired earlier in 1959 on CBS’s Schlitz Playhouse. Created by Frank Gruber, the stories were written by John Berardino, Charissa Hughes, and Martin Berkeley. The series was filmed in Hollywood by Revue Studios. After several years of westerns being all over every network Studios tried to get an edge by introducing different aspects to new western shows. Shotgun Slade had three characteristics that made it different. The first was Shotgun Slade’s profession. Instead being a marshal, sheriff or wandering gunfighter, Slade was a private detective people would hire to track down criminals, return stolen money, or perform other similar duties. This seems to have been influenced by the growing popularity of TV private eyes and detectives such as The Detectives starring Robert Taylor, Peter Gunn, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, 77 Sunset Strip, and Hawaiian Eye. Also Slade’s weapon of choice. Instead of packing a six gun, Slade carried a combination shotgun that has an upper and lower barrel. The lower barrel fired a 12-gauge shotgun shell, while the top barrel fired a .32 caliber rifle bullet. The idea was that this weapon gave Slade the ability to fire at close and distant targets with the same amount of accuracy. Several western television shows were known for featuring distinctive weapons, such as those on shows like The Rifleman, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Wanted Dead or Alive, Johnny Ringo, and The Rebel. Slade’s shotgun stood out even among the weapons of those other shows. Shotgun Slade lasted for only two seasons. Most likely because of the modern jazz score instead of the traditional Western themed music that was the standard for western television shows and movies. Again this was probably influenced by the private eye and detective television shows that were gaining some ground.
Notable Guest stars include
Chris Alcaide appeared in “Freight Line”.
Roscoe Ates as Lou Nugget in the episode “The Fabulous Fiddle”
Lane Bradford in the episodes “Gunnar Yensen” (1959) and “A Noose for Hurley” (1961)
Andy Clyde as Omar James in “Omar the Sign Maker” (1959) and in “A Noose for Hurley” (1961)
Jeanne Cooper as Sally Claymore in “Sudden Death” and as Francie in “Turkey Shoot” (both 1960)
Walter Coy as Lou Canner in “The Deadfall” (January 1, 1960)
Ted de Corsia as Ben Douglas in “Lost Goal” (1960)
Frank Ferguson as Mike Oliver in “The Salted Mine” (1959) and as a Sheriff in “Charcoal Bullet” (1960), and “Valley of the Shadow” (1961)
Dean Fredericks as Vance in “Killer’s Brand” (1960)
Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., in “A Grave at San Gallo” (1961)
Brad Johnson as Kirby in “Barbed Wire Keep Out” and in another episode “The Missing Dog” (1960)
Brett King in “Five Graves” (1961)
Ernie Kovacs as “Hack” Hackberry in the episode “Salted Mine”
Bethel Leslie in two episodes, including the character Kate Heinie (1960)
Nan Leslie as Judy Travers in “Treasure Trap” (1959)
Nora Marlowe in “The Safe Crackers”
Tyler McVey as Homer Carlson in episode “Dead Man’s Tale” (1960)
Gregg Palmer as a marshal in “Freight Line” (1959) and “Donna Juanita” (1960)
Brad Weston as Wiley in “Mesa of Missing Men” (1959) and as Billy in “Killer’s Brand” (1960)
Episode guide for the Shotgun Slade – western TV show
Season 1
1: The Missing Train … 24 October 1959
2: The Salted Mine … 26 October 1959
3: Mesa of Missing Men … 1959
4: Too Smart to Live … 1959
5: Barbed Wire Keep Out … 1959
6: Gunnar Yensen … 1959
7: Freight Line … 14 November 1959
8: Marked Money … 16 November 1959
9: The Stalkers … 1959
10: Bob Ford … 1959
11: Treasure Map … 1959
12: Omar the Sign Maker … 1959
13: The Safe Crackers … 1959
14: Major Trouble … 04 January 1960
15: Barbed Wire … 09 January 1960
16: The Blue Dog … 1960
17: The Deadfall … 1960
18: The Lady and the Piano … 1960
19: A Plate of Death … 1960
20: Street of Terror … 1960
21: The Pool Shark … 1960
22: The Marriage Circle … 1960
23: The Deadly Key … 08 March 1960
24: The Swindle … 08 March 1960
25: Donna Juanita
26: The Spanish Box … 1960
27: The Golden Tunnel … 22 April 1960
28: A Flower for Jenny … 29 April 1960
29: The Fabulous Fiddle … 06 May 1960
30: Crossed Guns … 13 May 1960
31: Sudden Death … 20 May 1960
32: Ring of Death … 1960
33: Backtrack … 28 May 1960
34: King of Death … 03 June 1960
35: Killer’s Brand … 04 June 1960
36: A Flower on Boot Hill … 11 June 1960
37: Charcoal Bullet … 01 July 1960
38: Lost Gold … 05 July 1960
39: The Smell of Money … 1960
Season 2
1: Skyfire … 17 October 1960
2: Ghost of Yucca Flats … 24 October 1960
3: Secret Gold … 31 October 1960
4: The Missing Dog … 07 November 1960
5: Mountain Murderess … 14 November 1960
6: Dead Man’s Tale … 21 November 1960
7: Vengenance … 28 November 1960
8: Rail Head at Rampart … 05 December 1960
9: Woman from Wyoming … 12 December 1960
10: The Laughing Widow … 19 December 1960
11: Turkey Shoot … 26 December 1960
12: Hang Him Twice … 02 January 1961
13: Traveling Trunk … 09 January 1961
14: Silver Queen … 1961
15: Little Sister … 1961
16: Copper Cylinder … 1961
17: Misplaced Genius … 1961
18: Mother Sixgun … 1961
19: The Impatient Bullet … 1961
20: The Silent Man … 1961
21: School Ma’am … 1961
22: Legend of a Hero … 1961
23: The Mystery of Black River … 1961
24: Widow of El Dorado … 1961
25: Valley of the Shadow … 1961
26: A Noose for Hurley … 1961
27: A Grave at San Gallo … 1961
28: Friends No More … 1961
29: Yankee Spy … 1961
30: Skinner’s Rainbow … 1961
31: The Lost Herds … 1961
32: The Search for Susan … 1961
33: The Phantom Noose … 1961
34: Madame Vengance … 1961
35: Five Graves … 1961
36: The Payrollers … 1961
37: A Gun and a Prayer … 1961
38: The Ranch Ghost … 1961
39: Something to Die For … 1961

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