A Real Jewel - Part Cowboy Part Detective - What the Hec?
I have internet. I'm not well-to-do. I hate almost all modern broadcasting. What do I do? I look for "old favorites" and search for new "old favorites".
I struck pay dirt.
I watched an episode or three of Have Gun - Will Travel , starring Richard Boone. Interesting, different (a GOOD gunman for hire?), but not super special. Still, there was something about Richard Boone. I remember as a young child watching (and being fascinated by) the old medical show Medic , hosted by Richard Boone.
So I Wikipedia 'd him. There I see he had his own show for a couple of seasons, produced by Jack Webb of Dragnet fame. It was associated with an Emmy Award, so I knew it couldn't be all bad. So I looked for the show, entitled Hec Ramsey .
The first moments looked blurry. I am willing to put up with a lot of things when it comes to a movie or TV show, but blurry doesn't make it. Still, I thought I wouldn't be too quick in giving it a thumbs down. And I'm glad I did.
This show started out like a typical western, but only for a couple of minutes. It changed to the early 20th century, rather than the late 19th century. Then there were some surprising turns. This guy became at first a super-smart old codger who was a cross between Wyatt Earp and Sherlock Holmes. And the story moved right along, with only a smidgen of well-placed sarcasm and humor.
In short, I couldn't wait to download the other 9 episodes (total) of Hec Ramsey . I'm thinking if you are an old-time cowboy or Columbo aficionado, you will positively love this absorbing show! I have linked the pilot for you if you care to give it a try.
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