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Good , But It Is Overrated By Some
It's a movie as timely as it is provocative and amazingly, for much of its running time, it is weirdly funny.
Bat Masterson was born in Illinois in 1855. His real name was William Barclay Masterson. His brother Ed was two years older. Eventually they would have two more brothers and two sisters. The family eventually moved to Kansas, where they built a farm in Sedgwick County. Bat and Ed were close and often went hunting and fishing together. He didn't think much of book learning and would sneak out of the schoolhouse whenever he could.He got his first job at seventeen. He and Ed graded railroad bed for the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe railroad. Shortly afterward, he became a buffalo hunter supplying meat to the railroad crews. His headquarters was a small community called Adobe Walls, Texas. He was there when Indians led by Comanche war chief Quanah Parker, attacked the town on June 27, 1874.Bat and friend Billy Dixon were just getting ready to leave when theHe dabbled in politics over the next few years and became closer friends with Roosevelt. He and promoter Tex Rickard even sat down with him one day to discuss military strategy for the upcoming fighting in World War I. Roosevelt became ill from a fever contracted in a South American jungle and died on January 6, 1919. Bat was quite broken up over the death of his friend.Bat spent his last years writing his columns and visiting gyms. He was always very active in the fighting business. On October 25, 1921, he went to work as usual. But right in the middle of typing his article, he died of a sudden heart attack. His wife died in 1932.Please go to: http://hometown.aol.com/gibson0817/bat.htm and read his "Real Life" It is even better than the series.
Good news for fans of Gene Barry and his TV series Bat Masterson (1958-1961)! This show just started airing on the Encore Western Channeel. A marathon of the first 23 Bat Masterson episodes aired this weekend, and the show starts a regular run tomorrow, January 8, 2007, airing on the Encore Western Channel from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time, each day. I believe it also airs @ 6:00 p.m. CSA on Saturdays.I remember this show from when I was a child and I found it still fun to watch. Although Bat as portrayed by Gene Barry may be called a dandy, so what? You'll forget all about that the first time he clubs a villain with his cane - and it happens frequently! He's also a crack shot.And perhaps my favorite part of the show? Almost every episode sports a nice looking gal from 1950s television. Check out Allison Hayes in 7 episodes and Audrey Dalton in 3 episodes; and I just saw Fay Spain in an episode. If you like old television with a great leading actor and some nice eye-candy to go along with it, you'll love Bat Masterson!
I had to respond to that post. This WAS cool, unlike almost all the the westerns on television, and this child badly wanted (and received) a bat like Bat Masterson or his birthday. Gene Barry had the cool sure arrogance in this character that America was later to see in Burke's Law and the Name of the Game. In a different area of the country, this character would have been a great robber baron or 15 years ago,a great merger and takeover artist!This was fun - and Barry was a sort of James Bond (Roger Moore variety) in the Old West.
Hollywood's version of the old west comes alive in this portrayal of a nattily dressed dude with a cool cane who bops thugs over the head instead of giving them a lead enema. Would be a very non-violent, politically correct law and order serial if done today. From what I have read of the real Bat Masterson, one could smell him coming from a quarter mile off and he was regularly drunk as Cooter Brown. I suppose this bilge gave the ladies another handsome actor to swoon over every thursday night while the hubby sat in his easy chair ignoring her except when requesting another brew. Gimme Roy Rogers or Lash LaRue any day over this dandified sissy. And that song! ...a man of steel the stories saaayyyy, and ladies eyes all glanced his waaayyy, the man who had the fastest guuunnn, they called him Baaattt, Bat Masterson! Drivel, absolute, vomitous drivel!