Those Cartwrights!!

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  1. boneyguy

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    I never thought about it when I was a kid but now, watching Bonanza reruns on MeTV, it's painfully obvious that those Cartwrights sure killed a lot of people. I mean, they we're all serial killers!! And I'm pretty sure the majority of those killings wouldn't hold up in court as 'self-defense'.
     
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    “He needed killin’!” was a valid defense until 1956...at least in Texas.
     
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    and don't get me started about Hop Sing.....
     
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    1961 I am 6. In a Boeing 707 in Chicago bound for LA. My Dad grabs me and says I have someone I want you to meet. Dan Blocker, in the flesh. Bends down and says something like how are ya, Youngin and shakes my hand. My dad was 200lbs and 5'11 and Dan dwarfed him.
     
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    Well, boneyguy would have you believe you're lucky he didn't snap your scrawny neck right there mid flight.
     
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    Even back when watching first run, I wondered what Ben was doin' to kill off at least three successive wives. I mean, I can understand maybe ONE dyin' giving birth to Hoss.....but Little Joe?
    And yeah, I guess being wealthy, influential landowners went a long way in dealing with the law... but the same thing should apply to Lucas McCain on the Rifleman.....and he wasn't wealthy. But he WAS good friends with the sheriff, Mica.
     
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    Yeah, he could have started right off calling me a pencil necked geek.
     
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    The opening of the Rifleman was just total about the most badass thing imaginable. Dude empties an entire single shot magazine in 4 seconds and then the camera pulls back to reveal gigantic, square-jawed, no bs Chuck Connors
     
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    he second best opening... the BEST was Branded. In the opening they got you all riled up because the 'machine' hosed chuck connors... every single episode was about vindication and righting injustice... the rifleman had the weak sheriff and the son who was, well, confused. That and Lucas was a widower... Branded... man, that was a show!

    As for Bonanza, great show... They should redo it! A jewish family with land near Tahoe, little joe comes out, pernell the stalwart ladies man, I'm guessing Hoss gets horribly injured (but recovers) in an autoerotic accident with machinery... less killing but more internal struggles...
     
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    Differen't Bonanza than I saw. I don't recall any of the Cartwrights shooting anybody until they were shot at or drawn on first.
     
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    Yep! When I was about 7-8 I got a Rifleman rifle for my birthday. Still one of the best gifts I ever got. s-l1600.jpg
     
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    Speaking of Cartwrights, I grew up in Austin, Tx with Ron and Doug Blocker.
    They were Dan Blocker’s (Hoss Cartwight) nephews.
    In the early 1990s, I toured western Canada in a bar band, The Outriders, with bass player/band leader Doug.
    Great guys, both Ron and Doug, BTW.
    Ron was, uh, regular size.
    Doug was Hoss size, and a great entertainer and band leader.
    Thanks for listening.
     
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    I was never much on westerns outside Lone Ranger and Cisco Kid reruns, the rest were probably a little "adult" for me when they were in prime time. I do however occasionally watch the "Rope Opera" as ME-TV calls their afternoon Western block. Yep lota' gun play back in the day, (to be honest the radio version of Gunsmoke which has a regular slot on the local NPR station is little different) I happened to watch Bonanza one day last week, eight/ nine shootings, a man thrown from a horse, and the horse it'self had to be put down. Wonder there is any population "west of St. Louis."
     
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    Even if that were true it doesn't alter the fact that that family dealt out a lot of death. If they weren't guilty of murder they were at the very least guilty of making some poor decisions that put them almost constantly in need of killin' folks. I'm 60 and I've never been in a situation where someone needed killin', self-defense or not, ....and I think that would apply to the vast majority of folks.
     
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    Yeah, Lucas McCain came to mind as well.....he dispatched a lot of folks too.
     
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    Rowdy Yates fulfilled his life's ambition by becoming Trailboss, but when he realized it was not all that it was cracked up to be he left the US for Europe and became a serial killer.
     
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    Funny, there are an awful lot of images of death by AEA using farm machinery, isn't there?

    I'm imagining Hoss using the pulley from the hay loft back then.
     
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    He was always forced into shooting people. And his son was always watching from a barely safe distance.
     
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    This reminds me of reading/watching/hearing the "news" -
    What, pray tell, is a "single shot magazine" ...??? (any relative of a single stack magazine, or a tubular attached magazine -like Winchester Lever Guns actually have...?)

    But you ain't livin' in the Wilde West, now, is ya?!
     
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