Have Gun-Will Travel - TV Milestones Series (Paperback)Gaylyn Studlar (author)
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Studlar begins by exploring how the series made the television Western sexy, speaking to mid-twentieth century anxieties and aspirations in the sexual realm through its ""dandy"" protagonist and more liberal expectations of female sexuality. She also explores the show's interest in a variety of historical issues and contemporaneous concerns-including differing notions of justice and the meaning of racial and cultural difference in an era marked by the civil rights movement. Through a production history of Have Gun-Will Travel, Studlar provides insight into the television industry of the late 1950s and early 1960s, showing how, in this transition period in which programming was moving from sponsor to network control, the series' star exercised controversial influence on his show's aesthetics.
Because Have Gun-Will Travel was both so popular and so different from its predecessors and rivals, it presents a unique opportunity to examine what pleasures and challenges television Westerns could offer their audiences. Fans of the show as well as scholars of TV history and the Western genre will enjoy this insightful volume.
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 222 g
Dimensions: 178 x 127 x 13 mm
Have Gun--Will Travel and Paladin provide significant insights into the television Western of the 1950s adn early 1960s, and Studlar makes an important contribution to the TV Milestones Series.-- (12/01/2016)
Have Gun- Will Travel by Gaylyn Studlar is not only a very thorough and thoughtful analysis of the themes and characters behind HGWT, but it is also an excellent straight guide to the TV series, which these days may be watched most accessibly via YouTube.-- (12/01/2016)