A late entry in the television Western boom of the late 1950s. Shotgun Slade was unlike other show heroes. He wasn't a Marshal, Sheriff, or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private ... See full summary »

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Frank Gruber
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1961   1960   1959  

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Scott Brady ...  Shotgun Slade 78 episodes, 1959-1961
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A late entry in the television Western boom of the late 1950s. Shotgun Slade was unlike other show heroes. He wasn't a Marshal, Sheriff, or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private detective, hired to track down criminals, return stolen money, or solve mysteries surrounding the death of townspeople. The show had more in common with shows like Peter Gunn (1958) and 77 Sunset Strip (1958), than Gunsmoke (1955) and Bonanza (1959). This show depended on strong characters and storylines than action. Written by Austin Taylor

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shotgun Slade, Mercenary of the Old West See more »

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Shotgun Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (78 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Schlitz Playhouse (1951) season eight, episode fourteen, "The Salted Mine", starring Scott Brady as Shotgun Slade, served as the pilot for this show. See more »

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Off the walls!!!
4 December 2010 | by tforbes-2See all my reviews

This AIN'T a typical Western!!

It is indeed very strange, especially with the soundtrack. And this is no "Peter Gunn."

But one could do a LOT worse!

From what I saw of the episode I saw on YouTube, which originally aired 11 June 1960, some of the acting seems rather wooden. I can see why the show was not on the major networks.

But using a jazz score, in my opinion, is an inspired choice, especially for a show airing in the late Eisenhower era. I personally think using such a score for, say, "Bat Masterson," would have given that show an added edge!!

As it is, this show is ripe for a parody!


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