In the early 50s, big cowboy stars like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were making the transition from theaters to TV. Roy’s final theatrical picture was Son Of Paleface (1952) until his return in Mackintosh And T.J. in 1975. Gene’s last was Last Of The Pony Riders (1953).
By the late 50s, the tide had turned. Instead of television pilfering movie stars, TV actors were cropping up in theatrical films. Some, like Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier (1955) and The Lone Ranger (1956), were features based on, or edited from, a hit show. And things like Yellowstone Kelly (1959, directed by Gordon Douglas) simply loaded the cast with popular actors and actresses from the small screen and made sure we knew where they came from. It was a ploy that seemed to work. Yellowstone Kelly was a hit. (By the way, it seems this story was intended for John Wayne at one point.)
Warner Archive is giving away two copies of Yellowstone Kelly to readers of this blog! Write in using the form below, naming two other 50s Westerns directed by Gordon Douglas. The first two (correct) responses will receive the remastered widescreen DVD-R. This contest is limited to the United States. Act fast — you people know your movies, so rattling off a couple Douglas pictures shouldn’t take any time at all.
UPDATE: Both DVDs have been claimed. Congratulations to Heather and Jimmy. And a big thanks to all who wrote in.
UPDATE #2: The New York Post has a brief interview with Clint Walker about Yellowstone Kelly.