“The Wild West didn’t have much in the way of forensics; when you saw the bullet hole you’d say, ‘That’s prob’ly what kilt ‘im.”

Last night or rather early his morning, at 1:30, I sent Gracie outside and went with her. I stood on the deck a long while taking in the quiet of the night and watching Gracie wander around the yard. It was so warm I didn’t want to come inside fearful that winter would sneak back while I was sleeping. It didn’t. Today is rainy and dark, but it is still warm.

This morning I was ten again. I turned on Cozi Tv and watched The Cisco Kid, The Lone Ranger and The Roy Rogers Show. The Cisco Kid was resplendent in a black shirt with gold designs on the front and back. His cowboy hat was a sombrero. Pancho, his sidekick and comic foil, was more than I remembered. He was quick to draw to save Cisco and was silly but not stupid. He too was Mexican in dress and was wearing a brown billowy shirt and a sombrero. Spanish was thrown in here and there. Adios amigos was the last line as they rode out of sight. Tonto may have mangled English as a 1950’s stereotypical Indian, but he was smart and knew what needed to be done. His stunt double and he did not at all resemble each other. I wondered if I noticed that when I was little. I got a chuckle out of the discussion between Tonto and the Lone Ranger. Tonto wanted to know why the man was wearing perfume. The Lone Ranger explained it wasn’t perfume but cologne, perfume for men. I figured Tonto was right. Anyway, that would be the clue which later solved the murder of the government man.

Dale and Roy had a hit with the song The Bible Told Me So. That should have warned me. Dale talked to one of the characters about how right it was to put your faith in God and how wonderful it was to attend Sunday school. I forgot how much they proselytized. I only remembered Roy was a natty dresser.

In all three westerns fist fights never resulted in bloody noses, split knuckles or hats falling off into the dirt. It was easy to root for the white hatted hero, never the black hatted bad guy who was doomed to lose anyway.

I enjoyed my step back in time.

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10 Comments on ““The Wild West didn’t have much in the way of forensics; when you saw the bullet hole you’d say, ‘That’s prob’ly what kilt ‘im.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Lots of rain here today, rather warm and very windy so I had to shower the olkd boys again when I came home. Hector was easy but Orvar did protest by sitting down as much as he could 🙂

    None of those shows made it here but I have heard of them since I was a kid. When I grew up our tv company (we only had one back in the days with two channels) was run by the lefties who were a bit more left than the Soviet Union 🙂 So we saw a lot of non imperialist eastern Europe cartoons 🙂 🙂 🙂 or some very odd swedish made children programs that gave a lot of us nightmares for years and years 🙂 No wonder we Swedes love our Disney Christmas show, we only got the chance to see them once a year on tv 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I chuckled at the image of Orvar sitting down in protest of having to be bathed.

      We only had a few stations when I was really little and they didn’t start until afternoon and were finished at 100 or 12 at night, but there were a lot of programs for kids. Westerns were the most shows programmed on Saturday mornings. I only mentioned a few here and there were many, many more.

      I am not a fan of westerns now-probably got burned out when I was young, but I still like the old ones.

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I didn’t notice that about Tonto and his stunt double. Did you know that Tonto, in Spanish, means stupid?
    I don’t remember much about Roy Rogers except the jeep Nellybelle, Jingles and the dog Bullet. Oh, and Trigger and Buttermilk, of course. I was animal oriented as a child.
    The Cisco Kid was my all-time favorite Western. I love them. I especially loved the horrible punny jokes that ended each episode. “Oh, Pancho.” “Oh, Cisco.” 🙂
    I shall have to look for Cozi TV on my channel listing.

    The morning was surprisingly warm and humid. Actually, it was pouring rain and windy but still humid as tropical rain can be. The dogs did their business fairly quickly because blowing rain is the worst of all rains in their minds. We went out later on for errands and they got to run around without the rain. I got to have Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. We were all happy. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I did know that about Tonto, and I always found it appalling.

      Jingles, Andy Devine, was with Buffalo Bill. Remember, “Wait for me, Buffalo Bill.” Pat Brady owned Nellybelle. I always remember him being The Wonder Dog Bullet, not your average dog.

      I thought The Cisco Kid was well done even now. It was also in color which surprised me.

      I am just about to go out with Gracie to do errands. We just hung around all day, and I did nothing. It rained but not as hard as your rain. It is still a dark, wet day.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Spaceman Says:

    The old joke goes. Tonto and the Long Ranger are surrounded by many fierce. Long Ranger says to Tonto, “Looks like we might be done for this time, Tonto” Tonto replies, “What you mean we, pale-face?”

  4. Spaceman Says:

    fierce indians

  5. Jay Bird Says:

    Day late, dollar short again, but I must commend your viewing choices. All were faves of mine as a kid, particularly Roy Rogers and Lone Ranger. I would have been appalled if I knew Roy’s real name was Leonard Slye. I’m surprised Tonto (Jay Silverheels) needed a stunt double. He was a fantastic athlete, in the Canadian lacrosse hall of fame. And spoke English better than I do.

    Everybody needed a buddy – Cisco/Pancho, Ranger/Tonto, Roy/Dale, Wild Bill/Jingles, Yancy Derringer/Paco (ring a bell?). Sky King hung out with his niece Penny. Niece?? Ah, whatever… Paladin was too cool to need a buddy!

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      The stunt double didn’t really even look like him, especially his hair. Maybe they were worried Tonto would get hurt somehow so they were protecting him. I can’t think they’d be a Lone Ranger without Tonto.

      Tonto was really smart despite the horrible English they made him say, “Him no go to town,” is the most common slaughtered case pronoun.

      I loved Yancy Derringer. He wore that great suit and I could never forget Pahoo ( I knew Paco didn’t sound right so I looked it up). Remember the gun up Yancy’s sleeve?

      Paladin was really cool in that black outfit he always wore.

      I did like Annie Oakley as she was a female sheriff who could shoot while standing on her horse’s saddle. Now that too was really cool!


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