In 1966, Norwegian banker Kjell Hallbing changed his name to Louis Masterson and began writing novels about Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal Morgan Kane. In twelve years he wrote 83 of them, and became the biggest literary success in
Now the first two eBooks, EL GRINGO and EL GRINGO’S REVENGE are available for sale from Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and Apple’s iBookstore, and will be followed by the release of a new title every two weeks. WR Films plans to release all titles over time, in addition to Masterson’s other Western novels, the El Diablo and El Diablito series. The underlying goal is to familiarize a new audience with the Morgan Kane character to prime them for the movie MORGAN KANE: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS, based on the first two books. That film is currently being scripted, and the second and third films in the series are already in the planning stage. Keep reading the Round-up to find out more! To see a teaser trailer for the first two books, go HERE.
‘RAMONA DAYS’ NOV 5TH AT
SPERDVAC LUNCHEON NOVEMBER 5TH AT THE BEVERLY GARLAND
Presented by ELATE (Emmanuel Lutheran Actor's Theater Ensemble), the play will be presented Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2 pm, from Saturday, November 5th through Sunday, November 20th, at the Lincoln Stegman Theater, 6020 Radford, North Hollywood, CA 91606. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and kids under 13, and Goldstar members can do a little better. Call 818-509-0882 for tickets.
CELEBRATE ROY ROGER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY NOV 5TH ON RFD-TV
On Saturday, Nov. 5th at 8:30 pm, a new special filmed at Roy Roger’s home in
‘HELL ON WHEELS’ STARTS RAISING HELL ON SUNDAY, NOV 6TH
KEITH CARRADINE JOINS CAST OF TNT’S WESTERN PILOT ‘GATEWAY’
And speaking of TCM (okay, nobody was), have I mentioned that the segment I was interviewed for is now viewable here?
THE AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER
Built by cowboy actor, singer, baseball and TV entrepeneur Gene Autry, and designed by the Disney Imagineering team, the Autry is a world-class museum housing a fascinating collection of items related to the fact, fiction, film, history and art of the American West. In addition to their permenant galleries (to which new items are frequently added), they have temporary shows. The Autry has many special programs every week -- sometimes several in a day. To check their daily calendar, CLICK HERE. And they always have gold panning for kids every weekend. For directions, hours, admission prices, and all other information, CLICK HERE.
HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM
Across the street from the Hollywood Bowl, this building, once the headquarters of Lasky-Famous Players (later Paramount Pictures) was the original DeMille Barn, where Cecil B. DeMille made the first Hollywood western, The Squaw Man. They have a permanent display of movie props, documents and other items related to early, especially silent, film production. They also have occasional special programs. 2100 Highland Ave., L.A. CA 323-874-2276. Thursday – Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for senior, $1 for children.
WELLS FARGO HISTORY MUSEUM
This small but entertaining museum gives a detailed history of Wells Fargo when the name suggested stage-coaches rather than ATMS. There’s a historically accurate reproduction of an agent’s office, an original Concord Coach, and other historical displays. Open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Admission is free. 213-253-7166. 333 S. Grand Street, L.A. CA.
FREE WESTERNS ON YOUR COMPUTER AT HULU
A staggering number of western TV episodes and movies are available, entirely free, for viewing on your computer at HULU. You do have to sit through the commercials, but that seems like a small price to pay. The series available -- often several entire seasons to choose from -- include THE RIFLEMAN, THE CISCO KID, THE LONE RANGER, BAT MASTERSON, THE BIG VALLEY, ALIAS SMITH AND JONES, and one I missed from 2003 called PEACEMAKERS starring Tom Berenger. Because they are linked up with the TV LAND website, you can also see BONANZA and GUNSMOKE episodes, but only the ones that are running on the network that week.
The features include a dozen Zane Grey adaptations, and many or most of the others are public domain features. To visit HULU on their western page, CLICK HERE.
BONANZA, GUNSMOKE and BIG VALLEY
Every weekday, TV LAND airs a three-hour block of BONANZA episodes from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They run a GUNSMOKE Monday through Thursday at 10:00 a.m., and on Friday they show two, from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.. They're not currently running either series on weekends, but that could change at any time. INSP is showing THE BIG VALLEY every weekday at noon, one p.m. and nine p.m., and Saturdays at 6 p.m.. They'll soon be adding DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN to the mix.
NEED YOUR BLACK & WHITE TV FIX?
Check out your cable system for WHT, which stands for World Harvest Television. It's a religious network that runs a lot of good western programming. Your times may vary, depending on where you live, but weekdays in Los Angeles they run DANIEL BOONE at 1:00 p.m., and two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.. On Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. it's THE RIFLEMAN again, followed at 2:30 by BAT MASTERSON. And unlike many stations in the re-run business, they run the shows in the original airing order. There's an afternoon movie on weekdays at noon, often a western, and they show western films on the weekend, but the schedule is sporadic.
AMC has been airing a block of THE RIFLEMAN episodes early Saturday mornings, usually followed by Western features.
And RFD-TV is currently showing THE ROY ROGERS SHOW at 9:30 Sunday morning, repeated several times a week, and a Roy feature as well -- check your local listings.
Well, tomorrow is Halloween, and I hope you enjoy celebrating it. There aren't a lot of actually scary Westerns out there (despite the efforts of JONAH HEX and COWBOYS & ALIENS). Once when I said to Harry Carey Jr. that I'd never seen a film he was in that wasn't worth watching, he replied, "Obviously you've never seen BILLY THE KID VS. DRACULA." I went out and saw it, and he was right. JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEINS'S DAUGHTER is, if possible, worse. Then again, CURSE OF THE UNDEAD is surprisingly good and spooky. The best Halloween Western TV episode I've seen is from the first season of DANIEL BOONE, episode #27, DAUGHTER OF THE DEVIL. It looks like Val Lewton produced it!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN and Happy Trails,
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