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Frontier Gentleman

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Adult Westerns on the radio weren't anything new when Frontier Gentleman came to radio in 1958. Gunsmoke had been on the air since 1952, and James Stewart's The Six Shooter had aired in 1953-54. It is likely that there would have been more produced, but by the late 50s television had begun to claim radio's talent as well as its audience.

This is not to say that there wasn't room for more great adventure on Radio. Frontier Gentleman tells the adventures of an English newspaperman who is sent to document life on the American Frontier. Interestingly, newspaperman Kendall, played by John Dehner, interacts with a number of historical characters, including Calamity Jane, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Sitting Bull and General George Custer.

As the series progresses we learn more about J.B. Kendall. For much of his life he had been an officer in the British Army, stationed in the Punjab region of India, which means that he is an aristocrat, but he is far from being a dude. The experience has made him a very competent pistol marksman. And having faced the enemy, there is little that he fears.

Kendall is well played by John Dehner. Dehner's career began as an animator for Disney Studios, and he went on to play in over 260 movies and TV programs. John DehnerOn radio he made several appearances in supporting roles on Gunsmoke and Philip Marlowe before taking the starring role on Frontier Gentleman. The final episode aired on Nov 16, 1958. The following Saturday it was replaced by the radio version of Have Gun, Will Travel, starring John Dehner as Paladin, an aristocratic "gun for hire" based in San Francisco.

Have Gun, Will Travel was already a popular television series starring Richard Boone as Paladin. At the beginning of the radio version, the stories were usually adaptations of the TV program from earlier in the week, but eventually original stories were written for the radio. The TV version continued to broadcast until 1963, but when the network canceled all of their radio dramas in November 1960, a finale was written for the radio. A regular character, Hey Boy, the Chinese bellhop, was played by Ben Wright. Wright earlier played J.B. Kendall in an audition version version of Frontier Gentleman.

Episodes

FG580202_The_Shelton_Brothers.mp3

FG580209_Charlie_Meeker.mp3

FG580216_Honky_Tonkers.mp3

FG580223_Ep004_Kendall's_Last_Stand.mp3

FG580302_The_Lost_Mine.mp3

FG580309_Ep06_The_Claim_Jumpers.mp3

FG580316_Big_Sam_For_Governor.mp3

FG580323_Ep008_The_Actress.mp3

FG580330_Ep009_Gentle_Virtue.mp3

FG580404_Ep10_Powder_River_Kid.mp3

FG580404_Powder_River_Kid.mp3

FG580413_Ep011_The_Trial.mp3

FG580420_Ep012_Aces_And_Eights.mp3

FG580427_Ep013_Random_Notes.mp3

FG580504_Ep014_Daddy_Buckbucks.mp3

FG580511_The_Cannibal.mp3

FG580518_Advice_To_The_Lovelorn.mp3

FG580525_The_Cowboy.mp3

FG580601_Ep18_School_Days.mp3

FG580608_The_Bellboy's_Prisoner.mp3

FG580615_The_Well.mp3

FG580629_Ep021_Gambling_Lady.mp3

FG580706_Ep22_Education_Of_Kid_Yancey.mp3

FG580713_Ep23_Justice_Of_The_Peace.mp3

FG580720_Ep24_Jesse_James_-_Part1.mp3

FG580727_Ep25_Jesse_James_-_Part2.mp3

FG580803_Nebraska_Jack.mp3

FG580810_The_Cat_Man.mp3

FG580817_Wonder_Boy.mp3

FG580824_Belle_Siddon's_Encore.mp3

FG580831_Belle_Siddon_Strikes_Back.mp3

FG580907_The_Last_Of_Belle_Siddon.mp3

FG580914_A_Horse_For_Kendall.mp3

FG580921_Indian_Lover.mp3

FG580928_The_Gold_Digger.mp3

FG581005_The_Librarian.mp3

FG581012_Aces_And_Eights.mp3

FG581019_The_Preacher.mp3

FG581026_The_Rainmaker.mp3

FG581102_Nasty_People.mp3

FG581109_Holiday.mp3

FG581116_Random_Notes.mp3

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