Legend of the West
takes you behind the scenes of the iconic Western series that turned the
genre inside out, featuring interviews and commentary from series
creator and producer Roy Huggins, writers Marion Hargrove and Howard
Browne, directors Budd Boetticher and Leslie H. Martinson, producer
Coles Trapnell, actors Roger Moore ("Beau Maverick") and Robert Colbert
("Brent Maverick"), and other key series personnel.
Bret Maverick (James Garner), and later his brother Bart (Jack Kelly),
neither looked nor acted like a traditional cowboy hero. He dressed in
black, played cards for a living, and wasn't above sneaking out the back
door to avoid trouble. At a time when network TV was loaded with
Westerns, Maverick (ABC, 1957-1962) stood out from the pack,
putting series creator Roy Huggins on the map as a producer while making
James Garner a star.
Maverick quickly became a bona fide TV legend, burning itself
indelibly in the hearts and minds of Baby Boomers around the world. But
like most legends, the show's history on television is a mixture of fact
Maverick: Legend of the West
examines the myths and the realities, probing what made Maverick such a
huge success in its first two seasons, while also revealing the
backstage struggles with Warner Bros. that eventually drove away Huggins
and Garner, the show's two key components. This revised second edition
features additional interviews with actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ("Dandy
Jim Buckley") and guest stars Sherry Jackson, Julie Adams, and Linda
Lawson, plus new information about the series, behind-the-scenes
photographs, three appendices, and much, much more.
"A truly dandy history of the TV show, full of thrillingly memorable
anecdotes, interviews and a lively (yet scholarly) look at the
television industry of the late fifties and early sixties.... This is
one of those books that transcends its own parochial interest to shed
light on an entire medium: the players emerge as three-dimensional,
idiosyncratic characters, and when the decline of the series is
delineated, one feels it profoundly as the genuine tragedy and
short-sided artistic waste that it was. Mr. Robertson performed the same
honors in The Fugitive Recaptured, and, as notable works of television
journalism, both deal a straight flush."
The Nassau Herald
"The definitive guide to Garner's definitive series."
documentation of the Emmy Award-winning series."
"Everything you ever wanted to know about the TV show."
"Ed Robertson has studied and described this entertainment phenomenon
from its beginning in 1956... [He] has made that history suspenseful and
absorbing, and I am persuaded, after reading Maverick: Legend of the
West, that Maverick is nowhere near the end of its illustrious history."
creator of Maverick
from his Foreword
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Legend of the West.