The Story Behind Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone


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This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980). ————— The second adult-western show CBS premiered in February of 1958 (after Frontier Gentleman) debuted on Sunday the 23rd at 2PM EST. It was called Luke Slaughter of Tombstone. Sam Buffington starred in the title role, with a vocal quality in line with Conrad’s Marshall Dillon and Burr’s Captain Lee Quince. He was only 26, and a relative stranger to American audiences. Born in Swansea, MA on October 12th, 1931, he’d found hollywood western work in television for network shows like Tales of Wells Fargo, Maverick, and Cheyenne. Buffington was balding and husky, with a big mustache. He has the physicality of a man much older than his age. It lent itself well to portraying an Arizona cavalryman turned cattleman. In this debut episode, called “Tracks out of Tombstone,” Slaughter is in Laredo, Tx to convince a rancher that his cattle should be driven to Arizona. Slaughter declares himself the man to do it. The episode features Junius Matthews as Wichita, Lilian Buyeff as Carlotta, Sam Edwards as Jim, Vic Perrin as Rusty, and Herb Vigran as Jess Hancock. The series was produced and directed by William N. Robson, who’d stuck by radio from its earliest days to its waning moments in the late 1950s. In 1958 Robson was also producing and directing Suspense, but Hollywood has become a radio ghosttown.

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