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Frontier Gentleman began with these words: "Herewith, an Englishman's account of life and death in the West. As a reporter for The London Times, he writes his colorful and unusual accounts. But as a man with a gun, he lives and becomes a part of the violent years in the new territories. Now, starring John Dehner, this is the story of J. B. Kendall, Frontier Gentleman..."
That was the beginning of as fine a series of Western drama as ever graced the air. Frontier Gentleman was the last important show to premiere on radio. It was heard on CBS for a brief run premiering February 9, 1958, and stands as the only serious rival to Gunsmoke in the Radio Hall of Fame.
The producers could do no better with the part of Kendall than John Dehner. Dehner, who also played Paladin in the better known but inferior Have Gun Will Travel, was always convincing in these parts that called for dry wit and subdued sophistication. His handling of J. B. Kendall was letter-perfect, and he got fine support from such old pros as, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Lawrence Dobkin, Stacy Harris, Harry Bartell, Virginia Gregg, Jack Moyles, Joe Kearns, and Jack Kruschen. The series was created by Antony Ellis, the writer-director whose work on Gunsmoke, Escape, and other top shows stamped him as one of radio's outstanding talents. Wilbur Hatch and Jerry Goldsmith, both composers and conductors, were responsible for the beautiful trumpet theme that introduced the show.
Kendall's adventures through the new territories came in all forms. There was tragedy, brutality, pathos, and earthy humor. Kendall met nameless drifters, bushwhackers, and real people from history. Ellis asked his listeners to believe that when Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok during a poker game, J. B. Kendall was one of the players. Kendall met Calamity Jane, Jesse James, and "the richest man in the West". He won a slave girl, Gentle Virtue, in a card game, and became friends with a gambling queen. He defended an unpopular man against a murder charge, and one night on the wild Kansas prairie, he even had a brush with the supernatural.
Perhaps the best of all Frontier Gentleman shows was "Random Notes". It wasn't even a story in the strict sense -- rather a loosely woven collection of vignettes. On a long stage trip, Kendall jotted down some of the funny, touching things he had seen in Western America; little snatches of life that might really have happened. A condemned killer asked Kendall to write his story; a hick-town production of Shakespeare turned to shambles. That detail, cumbersome on other shows, was what made this series go. Too bad Kendall's great performance was for a condemned medium.
Frontier Gentleman Intro
John Dehner Biography
Frontier Gentleman 58-01-29 RemittanceMan(Aud-BenWright)
Frontier Gentleman 58-02-02 (01) The Shelton Brothers
Frontier Gentleman 58-02-09 (02) Charlie Meeker
Frontier Gentleman 58-02-16 (03) The Honkytonkers
Frontier Gentleman 58-02-23 (04) Kendall's Last Stand
Frontier Gentleman 58-03-02 (05) The Lost Mine
Frontier Gentleman 58-03-09 (06) The Claim Jumpers
Frontier Gentleman 58-03-16 (07) Big Sam For Governer
Frontier Gentleman 58-03-23 (08) The Actress
Frontier Gentleman 58-03-30 (09) Gentle Virtue
Frontier Gentleman 58-04-06 (10) Powder River Kid
Frontier Gentleman 58-04-13 (11) The Trial
Frontier Gentleman 58-04-20 (12) Aces And Eights
Frontier Gentleman 58-04-27 (13) Random Notes
Frontier Gentleman 58-05-04 (14) Daddy Buckbucks
Frontier Gentleman 58-05-11 (15) The Cannibal
Frontier Gentleman 58-05-18 (16) Advice To The Lovelorn
Frontier Gentleman 58-05-25 (17) The Cowboy
Frontier Gentleman 58-06-01 (18) School Days
Frontier Gentleman 58-06-08 (19) The Bellboy's Prisoner
Frontier Gentleman 58-06-15 (20) The Well
Frontier Gentleman 58-06-29 (21) Gambling Lady
Frontier Gentleman 58-07-06 (22) The Education Of Kid Yancey
Frontier Gentleman 58-07-13 (23) Justice Of The Peace
Frontier Gentleman 58-07-20 (24) Mighty Mouse
Frontier Gentleman 58-07-27 (25) Mighty Tired
Frontier Gentleman 58-08-03 (26) Nebraska Jack
Frontier Gentleman 58-08-10 (27) The Cat Man
Frontier Gentleman 58-08-17 (28) Wonder Boy
Frontier Gentleman 58-08-24 (29) Belle Siddon's Encore
Frontier Gentleman 58-08-31 (30) Belle Siddon Strikes Back
Frontier Gentleman 58-09-07 (31) The Last Of Belle Siddons
Frontier Gentleman 58-09-14 (32) A Horse For Kendall
Frontier Gentleman 58-09-21 (33) Indian Lover
Frontier Gentleman 58-09-28 (34) The Golddigger
Frontier Gentleman 58-10-05 (35) The Librarian
Frontier Gentleman 58-10-12 (36) Aces And Eights
Frontier Gentleman 58-10-19 (37) The Preacher
Frontier Gentleman 58-10-26 (38) The Rainmaker
Frontier Gentleman 58-11-02 (39) Nasty People
Frontier Gentleman 58-11-09 (40) Holiday
Frontier Gentleman 58-11-16 (41) Random Notes
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