The Six Shooter - Single Episodes

(4.8 stars; 105 reviews)


The Six Shooter brought James Stewart to the NBC microphone on September 20, 1953, in a fine series of folksy Western adventures. Stewart was never better on the air than in this drama of Britt Ponset, frontier drifter created by Frank Burt. The epigraph set it up nicely: "The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them both The Six Shooter." Ponset was a wanderer, an easy-going gentleman and -- when he had to be -- a gunfighter. Stewart was right in character as the slow-talking maverick who usually blundered into other people's troubles and sometimes shot his way out. His experiences were broad, but The Six Shooter leaned more to comedy than other shows of its kind. Ponset took time out to play Hamlet with a crude road company. He ran for mayor and sheriff of the same town at the same time. He became involved in a delighful Western version of Cinderella, complete with grouchy stepmother, ugly sisters, and a shoe that didn't fit. And at Christmas he told a young runaway the story of A Christmas Carol, Substituting the original Dickens characters with Western heavies. Britt even had time to fall in love, but it was the age-old story of people from different worlds, and the romance was foredoomed despite their valiant efforts to save it. So we got a cowboy-into-the-sunset ending for this series, truly one of the bright spots of radio. Unfortunately, it came too late, and lasted only one season. It was a transcribed show, sustained by NBC and directed by Jack Johnstone. Basil Adlam provided the music and Frank Burt wrote the scripts. Hal Gibney announced. Information from John Dunning’s "Tune In Yesterday The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio".

NOTE: Updated MP3s with Version 5 files (25-Feb-2011).

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This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



the six shooter the as good as radio shows get

(5 stars)

Jimmy Stewart has got to be one of the all time best actors of his time. This program seems to be writen with his talents in mind. The scripts fit his style of acting and speech as a hand made pair of boots would fit a person. I have lost counts of the times I have listened to this series and I still return when I want a quiet mood show to listen to. The world lost a great way of experincing a show when radio stoped this type of broadcast. Since finding these programs my TV has gotten a lot of rest. if you want to be enterained in a special way this is one of the shows to listen to. Jack Fleming

quality show and recordings but so so acting

(4 stars)

If you like James Stewart, then you'll like this show. It's has quality effects and the preservation of the recordings are outstanding. The acting isn't very good though. Especially with a big name actor like James Stewart. Actors would constantly stumble over their lines, or talk over each other. James Stewart being the worst of them all. You'd think the star would hold the show together, but not in this case. The support actors are more authentic with better lead ins. Overall, it's a good show. But it's an example of how a big name actor can bring down a show.

Variable Big Star Series

(4 stars)

But, fortunately, JS is playing someone who is good with a gun, and a few of the episodes get dark. In these cases, the mood isn't noir bleakness, but a leisurely melancholy that is effective in its own way. (The best episode involves a woman who insists her husband is alive, even though he was reported dead in an indian war. That episode resembles the best of Gunsmoke, and even sees JS finally losing his temper in a way enthusiasts of the Anthony Mann westerns will recognize.) This is a good series -- but expect the JS of Destry Rides Again, not the fellow in all those 50s movies.

Quite Possibly The Best Radio Show Ever

(5 stars)

I've been listening to old time radio since I first discovered it on the KNX Drama Hour when I was a child. Of all the different shows they aired I always looked forward to the Six Shooter more than the rest. Even today I enjoy is as much as when I was a youngster. The stories are excellent, the acting superb. I agree the show seems to be written for James Stewart, the role and the actor fit like a glove. I'm only giving it five stars because I can't give it more!

Show ended

(5 stars)

This show lasted one year because the producers of the program wanted to bring on a cigarette sponsor for season two. James Stewart refused to allow this because of the faithful younger audience he had and said he would not star in the show if it was promoting tobacco products. Knowing they couldn't find anyone to replace Stewart's roll in the Six Shooter, they canceled the show. One of the best series PERIOD!

Well that's a relief!

(4 stars)

i'm almost out of Gunsmokes, and i've tried show after show, (and i've been through Johnny Dollar and Nightbeat).....and it turns out Gunsmoke is a hard act fo follow. But Six Shooter is pretty good; though the sound effects are not as incredible as on Gunsmoke, the first Six Shooter did something i'm not sure ANY Gunsmoke ever did: the ending actually suprised me!

Just Maybe The BEST OTR Show of All!

(5 stars)

This is a fantastic program! I've been listening to these OTR shows for almost 5 years and think this just could be number 1! I guess the best way to describe it is that it just soothes me to listen to the program! I'm just sad that there's not more episodes! There should be - a LOT more!

An angular and long-legged review

(4 stars)

This series is well written, and Jimmy Stewart proves his greatness as an actor on any medium. His delivery is comical, akward, and convincing. People who wish to listen to this as a Western Series will be disappointed. I think I recall one gunfight in the whole series. "Western" is used more as a backdrop for the stories than a genre.