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A late entry in the television Western boom of the late 1950s. Shotgun Slade was unlike other show heroes. He wasn't a Marshal, Sheriff, or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private detective, hired to track down criminals, return stolen money, or solve mysteries surrounding the death of townspeople. The show had more in common with shows like Peter Gunn (1958) and 77 Sunset Strip (1958), than Gunsmoke (1955) and Bonanza (1959). This show depended on strong characters and storylines than action.Written by
Scott Brady whose film credits include both westerns and noir got a chance to do both in his two year series Shotgun Slade. Slade was a combination bounty hunter and detective and was strictly a man for hire going throughout the West wherever someone would pay for his services.
It wasn't always bring him in dead or alive with Slade. He was hired on all kinds of work, missing persons, recovery of stolen loot, etc. He was not a fast draw so he had a weapon that was quite the equalizer. He carried a two barrel long gun called an 'over and under'. The top barrel was for rifle bullets, the bottom barrel fired shotgun shells for up close and personal killing in case he had a group of nasty outlaws all bunched together.
Scott Brady played the cynical Slade in the best tradition of Mickey Spillane in boots and chaps. One thing that was unusual for a western never used before or since was instead of western music a jazz score accompanied the action. Different if nothing else.
Shotgun Slade lasted for two years and then went into syndication forever it seemed like. It was certainly as unique a western series as we ever had.
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