Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday's Favorite OTR

Frontier Gentleman: "Random Notes" 4/27/58

Frontier Gentleman, with John Dehner playing London Times reporter J.B. Kendall, was a great Western. It's format--which involved Kendall pretty much wandering around the Old West looking for human interest stories--allowed jump from adventure to tragedy to character studies to comedy.

"Random Notes," which consists of five or six quick vignettes rather than a single story, pretty much covers all this ground by itself. The highlight of the episode, though, is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. Kendall recounts a performance of Othello he saw in which the lead characters were played by a local theater group in Texas. Hearing a cowboy and his wife--in thick Texas drawls--mangle the lines and insert bits of Western slang while performing Desdemona's death scene is literally on-the-floor funny.

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