THE WESTERNER starring Brian Keith

THE WESTERNER created by Sam Peckingpah and starring Brian Keith



The Westerner was a short lived, Black and White western that ran in 1960. Probably too downbeat and "adult" for its times, the series soon vanished from network screens. It seems a brilliant touch of writing to make Dave Blassengame an illiterate, itinerant cowpoke with the soul of a knight errant. He is Palidan without the cultural overlay. Guest appearances by distinguished journeyman actors like Slim Pickens, Michael Ansara, Robert Culp and others too numerous to include in this space make "the Westerner" a treat.



This brilliant classic western starred Brian Keith who was outstanding as the lead character and under the guiding hand of Sam (THE WILD BUNCH) Peckingpah who brought an edge to this show which was a must watch. If you?re not a western fan this show will make you one! The show also featured John Dehner as semi-regular Burgundy Smith. The critically acclaimed show ran for only thirteen episodes, one of which, "Line Camp," was the basis for the 1968 Charlton Heston film Will Penny.



The pilot for The Westerner appeared on CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater. The musical score was largely the work of Four Star's Herschel Burke Gilbert. For rerun syndication, it was grouped with three other short-lived Western series from the same company, Black Saddle starring Peter Breck, Johnny Ringo starring Don Durant, and Law of the Plainsman starring Michael Ansara, under the umbrella title The Westerners,



JEFF

SCHOOL DAYS

BROWN

MRS KENNEDY

DOS PINOS

THE COURTING OF LIBBY

TREASURE

OLD VAN

GHOST OF A CHANCE

LINE CAMP

GOING HOME

HAND ON THE GUN

THE PAINTING

THE WESTERNER starring Brian Keith
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