Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Rory Calhoun, Alan Hale, Jr., James Coburn, Denver Pyle
Genres: Westerns, Television
Timeless Media Group is proud to bring you 70 episodes of The Texan on 10 DVD discs. The Texan was transferred from the original 35mm film elements, bringing you the best audio and the crisp black and white photography of ... more »
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OUTSTANDING & ALMOST COMPLETE COMPILATION!
Anthony Caton | Arkansas. USA | 11/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with this outstanding set from Timeless Media Group. Seventy of the 78 episodes of the classic (1958-60) CBS television western "The Texan," starring rugged Rory Calhoun as "Bill Longley," are found in this compilation. The video quality is a surprising "9;" the audio quality of this set is equally good. Each episode runs roughly 26 minutes and contains the original open and close -- which includes the wonderful rumbling/muscular Desilu theme music soundtrack. Outstanding guest stars accompany Calhoun in his trek through the southwest, including Jack Elam, Morgan Woodward, James Coburn, Bethel Leslie, Richard Devon, Bob Steele, Anthony Caruso, Alan Hale Jr., Denver Pyle, Neville Brand, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Jaeckel, Cesar Romero, Karen Sharpe, R.G. Armstrong, Strother Martin, James Best, Shirley Knight, Brian Donlevy, Robert Wilke, Michael Landon, John Dehner, Paul Fix, and Mike Connors. This set is a MUST HAVE for any collector of classic TV westerns. Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
Law of the Gun -- Neville Brand
Man With the Solid Gold Star -- Bruce Bennett
Troubled Town -- Harry Dean Stanton
First Notch -- J. Carroll Naish
Edge of Cliff -- Mike Connors
Jail for Innocents -- Vaughn Taylor
Tree for Planting -- James Westerfield, Paul Fix
Hemp Tree -- Michael Landon
Widow of Paradise -- Alan Hale Jr.
No Tears for Dead -- Michael Pate, Beverly Washburn
Easterner -- Jack Elam
Time of the Year -- George Macready
Lord Will Provide -- Murvyn Vye, Ellen Corby
Duchess of Denver -- Alan Dinehart
Quart of Law -- Robert Lowery, Holly Bane
Outpost -- Christopher Dark
Peddler -- Lou Jacobi
Return to Friendly -- John Harmon
Man Behind the Star -- Richard Jaeckel, Brian Donlevy
Ringer -- Grant Withers, Paul Brinegar, Ron Hayes
Marshal of Yellow Jacket -- Robert Wilke, Read Morgan
No Love Wasted -- Lon Chaney Jr.
Race for Life -- Kelly Thordsen
Letter of the Law -- R.G. Armstrong, Trevor Bardette
Private Account -- Karen Sharpe, Jesse White
Caballero -- Cesar Romero
Blood Money -- Dorothy Provine
No Place to Stop -- Strother Martin, Denver Pyle
Reunion -- Bethel Leslie, Robert F. Simon
Badlands -- Ralph Moody
South of Border -- Jack Elam, John Doucette
Smiling Loser -- Harry Lauter, Red Morgan
Sheriff of Boot Hill -- Denver Pyle
Gunfighter -- John Pickard
Man Hater -- Henry Brandon, Henry Kulky
No Way Out -- James Griffith, Lucien Littlefield
Image of Gulit -- Don Haggerty
Dishonest Posse -- Jack Lambert, Bing Russell
Blue Northern -- Harry Dean Stanton
Traildust -- Brian Donlevy
Telegraph Story -- Denver Pyle
Stampede -- Shirley Knight
Showdown at Abilene -- Barbara Luna
Trouble on Trail -- Michael Dante
Cowards Don't Die -- Sherwood Price
Border Incident -- Alan Hale Jr.
Dangerous Ground -- Alan Hale Jr.
End of Track -- Alan Hale Jr.
Friend of the Family -- John Dehner, James Coburn
Terrified Town -- Bob Steele, Richard Devon
Sixgun Street -- Richard Devon, Alan Dinehart
Taming of Rio Nada -- Richard Devon, Alan Dinehart
Thirty Hours to Kill -- Malcolm Atterbury
Quarantine -- Alan Hale Jr.
Buried Treasure -- Duncan Lamont
Captive Crew -- Alan Hale Jr.
Showdown -- Anthony Caruso, Alan Hale Jr., Ron Hayes
Governor's Lady -- Myron Healey
Town Divided -- Morgan Woodward
Guilty & Innocent -- Denver Pyle
Presentation Gun -- Harry Harvey
Nomad -- Wm. Fawcett
Killer's Road -- James Best, Lane Bradford
Lady Tenderfoot -- Jack Elam, Claire Kelly
Invivible Noose -- Bill Erwin
Johnny Tuvo -- Frank Wilcox, Myron Healey
Accuser -- Don Haggerty
Mission to Monterey -- Lane Bradford
Badman -- Anthony Warde
Twenty-four Hours to Live -- Paul Birch"
Superb picture quality, Baby!
R. G. Bright | 12/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Coming from the same company that edited TV episodes on previous DVD releases and offered grainy 16mm transfers, I hesitated buying this set. Glad I gave them a chance 'cause this is superb!
Every episode is uncut and unedited and the best superior picture quality from the original 35mm nitrate negatives. In other words, you will not find better anywhere else.
The guests include Neville Brand, a young Michael Landon, Andy Clyde, James Drury and many others. If you hesitate because people often are too critical (champagne taste and a beer budget wallet) take my word for it as a guy who is picky about his DVDs. Buy this today!"
Even Some Texan Is Better Than None
Terence Allen | Atlanta, GA USA | 09/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Texan- The Best Of" is a release by Timeless Media Group of 70 of the 78 episodes of this Western television series starring popular Western movie actor Rory Calhoun. In "The Texan," Calhoun played Bill Longley, a ex-Confederate soldier who came home after the Civil War to find his plantation burned down and his wife dead. He then began to roam the West, using his considerable gunfighter skills to help old friends or new friends in trouble.
It is a shame that eight of the episodes of this series were not found or were incomplete so that the complete series could not be released. This was a very entertaining TV series. Calhoun's charm, plus his many years of experience appearing in Western films, made "The Texan" interesting and engaging. Like the best Western heroes, Calhoun could play serious and comic scenes with equal aplomb, and made Longley a believable and enjoyable hero.
One can only hope that the other eight episodes of the series will be found and be usable in a future release."
Good First Season, Poor Second Season
Ken | bloomington, il United States | 03/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Finally finished viewing the entire 70 episode collection. Calhoun gives a good performance as the lead character throughout, and Timeless Media did an adequate job in assembling the collection. Wonderful theme music and atmospheric settings.
However, I was astonished at how badly the series deteriorated during the second season, and I cannot explain what the cause of the problem was. Somebody either gave up on maintaining the quality of the series and lost interest or the money supply dried up. This is hard to understand, as Desilu helped to co-produce the series, and usually put out a quality product.
First off the second season was marred by by two endless storylines. The first involved a cattle drive, probably inspired by the popularity of Rawhide. Way too many fakey scenes filmed indoors on phony horses, instead of realisitic on location shooting.
The second boring storyline took place at a railroad spur construction site. This seemed to go on for 5 or 6 episodes, and was a chore to sit through.
What really annoyed me about the second season was that many of the episodes are stuffed with stock footage from the first season. The last episode on the collection is virtually an entire reprint of an earlier episode with a few new scenes thrown in for good measure. Some of this nonsense is hilarious. In one of the episodes Longley in appointed deputy marshall and given a badge. As he races through the canyons tracking down some gunman, scenes from the first season are spliced into the episode. So in one scene Longley has a badge on his vest, in the next the badge vanishes, only to reappear in the next scene.
It is sad that the program disintegrated as badly as it did for the second season.
Give the first season an A, the second season a D.