Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Deadwood

Date: 24 Sep 2004


Re your comments below:
> I can't wait until they do a "CSI: Deadwood"
> episode.

Actually there have been at least three different westerns on TV built around the then-new science of crime detection.

The first was WHISPERING SMITH (little or nothing to do with the Alan Ladd movie), a summer replacement series from the early '60's with Audie Murphy as a detective on the police force of frontier-era Denver, Colorado, who used new-fangled criminalistics to solve his cases.

The second, HEC RAMSEY, was a Jack Webb show set in the late 1890's/early 1900's with Richard Boone as an old-time frontier lawman who's simultaneously the most dangerous gunfighter in the Oklahoma Territory and a self-taught forensics expert. It ran for ten episodes over two seasons in the early '70's as a spoke on the N.B.C. MYSTERY MOVIE wheel.

Just last year, one of the cable networks (USA?) ran a Colorado-set show called PEACEMAKERS about an old-time lawman partnered with a former Scotland Yarder-turned-Pinkerton-Agent-turned-Deputy-US-Marshal who knows all the new forensics techniques. There's also a pretty undertaker who acts as an unofficial forensics pathologist.


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