Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
"Stories of the Century" was a TV series about the famous and infamous characters of the old west. This installment about Jack Slade is included on the DVD from Alpha Video for the Tim McCoy film "The Fighting Renegade".
The real-life Slade was a gunman who helped create the Pony Express. However, due to his hard drinking and reputation as a fast gun, he was captured and hung by a vigilante group in 1864--and Slade was only about 33 at his death.
Oddly, however, despite the episode being entitled "Jack Slade", the story stars Jim Davis as Matt Clark--and Slade (Gregg Palmer) is more a supporting character. Clark has been sent west to investigate a payroll robbery--as there was ample reason to doubt that it was really due to an Indian attack. Also odd is that in this show Slade is a villain--a criminal using his position with the Pony Express for his own gain. This really is NOT true about Slade--and most of the show is actually fiction. According to the Wikipedia page for Slade, many of the stories about Slade are legends--and this one is no exception.
Since the story is essentially false, I cannot give it a high score nor recommend you see it. It's a shame, as a weekly series featuring a different western real-life character is an inspired idea. Too bad.
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