The Guns of Will Sonnett

ABC (ended 1969)





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  • No brag, just fact

    The Guns of Will Sonnett was a Western that aired on ABC from 1967-69 and starred Walter Brennan and Dack Rambo as a grandfather and grandson searching for the long absent son of Brennan and father of Rambo who's also a notorious gunslinger. The series is mostly remembered today (if it's remembered at all) as one of the first shows produced by Aaron Spelling and one of the final vehicles of star Walter Brennan. That's a shame because Guns was a very good show for its time that should have lasted much longer. I supposed you have to blame the times for the show's demise. By the time the late 60's rolled around Westerns were becoming passe. In fact, just five years after Guns was canceled, Gunsmoke was the only Western remaining on network television. This, as much as anything, accounts for the show's short life.

    But despite its short life, Guns gave us some great moments especially from the grizzled Brennan who excelled at playing grumpy old men 25 years before Lemmon and Matthau came onto the scene. Young Dack Rambo (who would later die tragically of AIDs) also did well as the grandson. The third series regular was Jason Evers who played Jim Sonnett, the object of Brennan and Rambo's search. Evers appeared in only a handful of episodes and the character of Jim Sonnett always seemed to function more as a presence more than anything else. Sometimes this presence was sinister, sometimes not. Check this one out if you get the chance. It's available on DVD. The episodes run only 30 minutes but they are taut, well-written, and suspenseful. It should be well worth the money.