I have long been a fan of old west history. Therefore, it may not surprise you to learn that I have been watching Gunslingers, American Heroes Channel's six-part docudrama. The series, as many things seem to be doing lately, has been going by quite fast. It has already crossed the halfway point, with episode three, which was about Jesse James, airing this past Sunday at 10/9c. The first episode was on Wyatt Earp, and the second covered Billy the Kid. It is my understanding that the following three episodes will deal with Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin, and Tom Horn, respectively.
Basically, the show sets out to tell the truth about these famous -- or infamous -- old west figures. Every episode is packed with interesting information and in-depth commentary from old west historians. On the aforementioned Wyatt Earp episode, Kurt Russell, who played Wyatt Earp in the 1993 film Tombstone, actually appeared as a commentator, which I thought was really cool. However, I certainly wouldn't have minded seeing Val Kilmer make a cameo to share some of his insight into Doc Holliday!
From all of the movies I have seen about Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, and Jesse James, in addition to the reading I have done, I already knew a lot about the background of these old west characters and their stories, but I have still learned something new from each episode nevertheless. For example, I never realized that when Wyatt Earp was hanging out in Los Angeles during his later years, he befriended a young John Wayne who was still going by his birth name of Marion Morrison at the time. I never knew that Frank James was a Shakespeare fan, either.
Anyways, if anyone reading this has been watching, I would love to hear your thoughts. If you haven't been watching, I highly recommend that you begin doing so. If you don't have American Heroes Channel, then find a pal who does!
Till next time,