ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Hypocrisy Shown in TV Westerns

Updated on February 28, 2019
kenneth avery profile image

Kenneth is a rural citizen of Hamilton, Ala., and has begun to observe life and certain things and people helping him to write about them.

James Arness, star of Gunsmoke.
James Arness, star of Gunsmoke. | Source

I Could Get Into Hot Water

by publishing this tell-all-form about The Hypocrisy that we had to watch in the early days of TV ranging from the mid-1950s to the early 60s. The list is almost endless of my favorite TV Westerns. I loved them all. Such as: Gunsmoke; Have Gun – Will Travel; Wagon Train; Lawman; The Rifleman and a lot more. In fact, I loved these TV Westerns to such an extent that I would go outside and pretend to be “Matt Dillon” or maybe “Wyatt Earp” and round-up whatever town was being taken-over by rowdy cattle drovers—who loved to “let off some steam” after three months on the trail—then take their scratch and head for the nearest saloon and when the whiskey caused these (otherwise) good ol’ men, they acted-out fighting, shooting-up the saloon and when enough laws had been broken, in stepped the town marshal and put them in his jail to “sleep off”the liquor.

Just another day at the office. I am not kidding. When I was very young, I would lay on my stomach with my head propped-up with my hands—completely glued to what “Matt Dillon,” the United States Marshal was going to do for showing their butts on “Kitty Russell’s” (Amanda Blake) “ Long Branch Saloon.” Then if the always-stable, “Doc Adams,” (Milburn Stone) was in his office or already inside the “Long Branch Saloon,” he would get right to work fixing-up the wounded and bruised cowpokes.

Typical for TV Westerns.

And Then, The Glaring Face of Hypocrisy

raise up its ugly face and then inflict innocent citizens (who were not educated in TV Westerns) with facts pertaining to the said Western and put on such areas of fakery and down-right deception. And I am not the least angry. I am just glad that you and I found out before it was too late. I’d hate to go through our country and watch the producers, screenwriters, and directors continually deceive “us” with their obvious acts of sheer lying.

Would you like to take a moment and let me share with you, the hypocrisy that is still evident in these United States? The reason that I ask you is I love America. And I know you do too. So take a look at these things I found out by studying TV westerns and you may NEVER look at TV Westerns again . . .

First of All There is . . .

Mother Nature’s Call – is NEVER answered by the good or bad guys. Take my word for it. Watch your next TV Western and look closely. You will NEVER see ANYONE run for dear life to find a hiding place in order to, well, uh . . .you know!

The Same Can Be Said – for our fine, feathered friends who love to sit on limbs and watch the citizens of some town go about their business—but you will NEVER see a bird or birds relieve themselves onto these poor citizens.

Money For Nothing – is NOT the hit song from the 80s: “Money for Nothing,” by Dire Straits, but again, I urge you to watch a scene in “Gunsmoke” when “Doc Adams” uses his wisdom as a doctor to bring a sick cowboy back to life. Then you will notice that the ailing cowboy NEVER bothered to pay “Doc Adams” although the cowpoke was gainfully-employed with some cattle drive. He did not even offer “Adams” a heifer for his services. Hypocrite! Hypocrite!

Get Me Some Bullets – quickly! The outlaws are headed this way! See the action scenes that goes with almost every Western and if you look closely, some of their six-shooters fire as many times as seven or eight times. And this was before the Colt .45 automatic that used a clip with 12 bullets.

Nice Steak, Mister – is about all a poor waitress can say if she is a single-mom with three hungry kids at home. Would it be so hard, say if “Marshall Dillon,”or even “Chester” who could easily rival “Jethro Bodine” Max Baer, Jr., when it comes to shoveling down the grub. I can testify to you that “Chester” Dennis Weaver (when he was on “Gunsmoke”) was always needling “Marshall Dillon” about when he was going to get something to eat and the best one: “I ain’t had anything in my stomach since we ate breakfast two hours ago.” Now do you understand? All that “Dillon” and sidekick “Chester” ever left the hard-working waitress was a nickel or dime if she were lucky.

Are You New Here – is almost like what the regulars say in any saloon in any TV Western, “Bonanza,” included. Let me set the scene. The camera is going into the local saloon in the Western and we see the usual customers standing at the bar drinking to their heart’s content and in walks this “Green Hand” or “Tin Horn” who is only there to get some directions to the nearest livery stable. Here is the conversation that takes place:

“What’ll it be?” asks the bartender, “Sam.”

“A beer and some directions,” replies “Tommy,” the traveling pants salesman.

(then one of the regulars slowly walks up to the “newbie” and says):

“You new here, stranger?”

Did you really hear the Obvious Synonym in this question? “You” implies a New person in town, followed by the noun, Stranger. A simple ‘you new here?’ would have worked fine and saved some time.

Horses in Westerns – never have to worry about being shot by stray bullets. I do not care how many outlaws are in town firing as if they had a machine gun followed by the same amount of bullets, but with one difference: although the horses are tied up in front of some saloon, no worries. The bullets seemingly know better than to harm the horses. Must be an ASPCA thing.

And the coupe de gras . . .

The Facilities – as in my point with horses and cows NEVER seen to answer Nature’s call, well, why are the stars and co-stars always “holding their water” and NEVER telling someone in the scene, excuse me, pal. I gotta run to the woods, and uhhh, take care of business.”

February 28, 2019_________________________________________

 Wyatt Earp, not Kurt Russell.
Wyatt Earp, not Kurt Russell. | Source

© 2019 Kenneth Avery


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)