Zane Grey Theater

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Zane Grey Theater

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Welcome to the Zane Grey Theater guide at TV.com. Zane Grey Theater were adaptations of short stories and novels of the West by author Zane Grey, when the material began to run out stories from other authors were used. Host Dick Powell introduced the episodes and starred in several himself. Wonderful tales of the Old West laden with history and adventure. The opening and closing orchestration was conducted by Harry Lubin, the song was called "Way Out West". There were five episodes which became series' of their own, they include: "Trackdown" which aired 3May57; "The Rifleman" which aired 07Mar58; "Black Saddle" which aired 23May58; "Johnny Ringo" which aired 05Mar59; "The Westerner" which aired 26Mar59. Stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Lloyd Bridges, Eddie Albert just to name a few, appeared throughout the series. A Classic!
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  • Dick Powell's masterpiece

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    This is a good show. Why? By making it an anthology, characters don't get into a "rut." Take Bonanza, which ran 14 seasons. Is it really plausible that there would be a serious tragedy/death etc., virtually every week at any given location (The Ponderosa). C'mon!



    As an aside, this show includes most of the original stories of the late Mr Zane Grey, along with non-canonical pastiche's in tribute to his style. They are tales of pioneers and other early Americans set all throughout the West (and even as "east" as Louisiana) over several decades of the 19th-c.



    Dick Powell's hosting and comic skills are formidable.



    Lots of great legendary actors appear on this show. Keep an eye out for: Ernest Borgnine, James Coburn, Jack Lemmon, Claude Akins, David Niven, Burt Reynolds among others.moreless
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barcelona spain, Westerns