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Observations About The Show - 50 Years Later
ccthemovieman-1 from United States
17 April 2007
This was my first look at a Sgt. Preston of the Yukon episode in a half
century, when I was a small kid. Rather than go into details of the
story, let me just make some general observations of watching the show
now as a 60-year-old.
I was impressed by the complexity of this story. It was not for little
kids. There were good and bad Indians, good and bad white people. There
were several motives behind everyone's actions and not always easy to
Richard Simmons as Preston had a very authoritative voice and manner
about him which made him a believable Mountie.
Being this early in television, you can tell the closeup shots were in
a studio, not in the snowy outdoors. A wind howled all the time but the
branches on the trees never moved!
I had forgotten that a good portion of the show is narrated by someone
who sounds like he's doing a documentary. Actually it reminded me of
several film noirs such as "T-Men" where the narrator explains about
government business. Here, the man explains a little about the story,
some background, what some of the characters are doing and why. It's
different and informative.
Sgt. Preston talked to his lead dog and co-star "King," as if were
human. He attaches a note to King and tells him "go see so-and-so over
at blah-blah and then watch out for, etc." I expected the dog to say
"Okay, boss. See you later." Come on!
The ending was very dramatic, kind of like an "Assault On Precinct 13"
charge on a cabin by the Indians, led by bad-guy "Teranga."
"Well, King, I guess this case is solved." Yes, I can remember those
familiar closing lines. This was part of the "TV Guide Presents Classic
Westerns Vol. 4" DVD and is highly recommended.
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