TV WESTERNS: An American Love Affair
with Ed Hulse
Ed has been a journalist and film historian for over 30 years. His essays, reviews and news stories about the home-video and motion-picture industries have appeared in numerous mainstream publications as PREMIERE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, as well as the trade journals VARIETY, and VIDEO BUSINESS. Between 2000 and 2007 he was the lead critic and celebrity interviewer for the Film/Video section of Barnes&Noble.com.
Hulse will take us back when TV Westerns reigned supreme in the Fifties and Sixties with about 120 of them in production, depending on how you define a Western. The peak year for television westerns was 1960, with 30 such shows airing during prime-time. Top rated shows included, Gunsmoke, Rifleman, Rawhide, Have Gun Will Travel and Bonanza to name a few.
The Western boom on television, beginning with the Hopalong Cassidy craze of the early 1950s and extending well into the following decade, profoundly affected America’s popular culture. It reached into other entertainment media — comic books, paperbacks, even record albums — and seeped into the public consciousness via a plethora of licensed consumer products, from blankets to pocketknives to lunch pails and many, many more. Impressionists added TV Western heroes to their repertoires, and catch-phrases from the most popular series entered the national lexicon. In TV Westerns: An American Love Affair Western-film historian Ed Hulse explores this phenomenon at length and enumerates its most influential manifestations.
FRIDAY October 6th
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Admission by Festival Button Only