The Six Shooter
The Six Shooter brought James Stewart to the NBC
microphone on September 20, 1953, in a fine series
of folksy Western adventures.
Stewart was never better on the air than in this drama
of Britt Ponset, frontier drifter created by Frank Burt.
The epigraph set it up nicely:
"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. People call
them both The Six Shooter."
Ponset was a wanderer, an easy-going gentleman
and -- when he had to be -- a gunfighter.
Stewart was right in character as the slow-talking
maverick who usually blundered into other people's
troubles and sometimes shot his way out. His
experiences were broad, but The Six Shooter leaned more to comedy than other shows of
its kind. Ponset took time out to play Hamlet with a crude road company. He ran for mayor
and sheriff of the same town at the same time. He became involved in a delighful Western
version of Cinderella, complete with grouchy stepmother, ugly sisters, and a shoe that
didn't fit. And at Christmas he told a young runaway the story of A Christmas Carol,
Substituting the original Dickens characters with Western heavies. Britt even had time to
fall in love, but it was the age-old story of people from different worlds, and the romance
was foredoomed despite their valiant efforts to save it.
So we got a cowboy-into-the-sunset ending for this series, truly one of the bright spots of radio. Unfortunately, it came too late, and lasted only one season.
The following is an index of all the episodes on the player (below the index).
The player will go through the episodes one after the other. At this time I can't combine the two. You can toggle to different episodes, but there is no way of telling which one you are on without listening to it. I hope to have a better way to do this at some point.
|4||1953-10-04 ep03 The Stampede.m|
|7||1953-10-25 ep06 Red Lawson's R|
|9||Capture of Stacy Gault|
|10||Escape From Smoke Falls|
|13||A Pressing Engagement|
|14||More Than Kin|
|15||Britt Ponset's Christmas Carol|
|16||Cora Plummer Quincy|
|17||A Friend In Need|
|19||The Silver Buckle|
|20||The Outlaws Wife|
|21||Trail To Sunset|
|22||Apron Faced Sorrel|
|24||Battle At Tower Rock|
|26||Thicker Than Water|
|27||1954-03-21 ep26 Duel at Lockwo|
|28||1954-04-01 ep27 Aunt Ema.mp3|
|29||1954-04-08 ep28 General Gillfo|
|30||Crises At Easter Creek|
|31||Tracking Down a Killer|
|34||The Double Seven|
|38||The New Sheriff|
|39||When the Shoe Doesn't Fit|