The Six Shooter

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 delightful 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.


All Episodes

The Coward – The Six Shooter (09-27-53)

Everyone knows that Will Fedder is a coward because he won't wear a gun. However, a man can be pushed just so far! Original Air Date: September 27, 1953Host:...

Jenny – The Six Shooter (09-20-53)

Britt Ponset finds a wounded man in the desert and brings him to Jenny Garber to nurse him back to health. No man seems to think much of Jenny...

Britt Ponsett’s Christmas Carol – The Six Shooter (12-20-53)

The story of "A Christmas Carol" is retold with a western motif. Original Air Date: December 20, 1953Host: Andrew RhynesShow: The Six ShooterPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• James...

Myra Barker – The Six Shooter (06-24-54)

Original Air Date: June 24, 1954Host: Andrew RhynesShow: The Six ShooterPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• James Stewart (Britt Ponset) Special Guests:• Virginia Gregg (Myra)• D.J. Thompson• Howard McNear•...

The Shooting of Wyatt King – The Six Shooter (05-20-54)

Original Air Date: May 20, 1954Host: Andrew RhynesShow: The Six ShooterPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• James Stewart (Britt Ponset) Special Guests:• Bill Johnstone• Herb Vigran• Junius Matthews• Barney...

The Double Seven – The Six Shooter (05-13-54)

Original Air Date: May 13, 1954Host: Andrew RhynesShow: The Six ShooterPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• James Stewart (Britt Ponset)Special Guests:• Lamont Johnson• Gerald Mohr• Robert Griffin• Parley Baer•...

Anna Norquist – The Six Shooter (05-06-54)

Original Air Date: May 06, 1954Host: Andrew RhynesShow: The Six ShooterPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• James Stewart (Britt Ponset)Special Guests:• Lillian Buyeff• Bill Johnstone• Lou Merrill• Harry "Killer"...

Revenge At Harness Creek – The Six Shooter (04-29-54)

Original Air Date: April 29, 1954Host: Andrew RhynesShow: The Six ShooterPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• James Stewart (Britt Ponset) Special Guests:• Virginia Gregg• Eleanor Audley• Lamont Johnson• Forrest...

Johnny Springer – The Six Shooter (04-22-54)

Original Air Date: April 22, 1954Host: Andrew RhynesShow: The Six ShooterPhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• James Stewart (Britt Ponset) Special Guests:• Virginia Gregg• Harry Bartell• Parley Baer• Joe...

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