FanPost

2/25/13 OT

Tombstone Territory

Tombstone Territory debuted October 16, 1957, as one of five new ABC Westerns, including Warner Bros. products Sugarfoot, Maverick, and Colt .45. Historian Christopher Anderson argues that this year marks a transitional period between sponsor control of production and the emergent network control that relied more heavily on Hollywood production.7 Though the Western programming trend was clearly underwritten by the economic incentives of Hollywood's excess production capacity in the face of a contracting theatrical market, Ziv executive Richard Dorso preferred to emphasize the mythic appeal of these programs, calling them "The closest modern reflection of classical Greek tragedy, in which you did not control your fate; it was inevitable - death stood waiting for you ... You have the same sort of inevitability when two men face each other on the street of a frontier town and are forced to shoot it out ... It's Oedipus meeting his father; it's inevitable, it must happen."8 Similarly, star Pat Conway, who played Sheriff Clay Hollister, argued for the importance of Shakespeare to the Western drama, while on University speaking tour during the show's first season.9 Lofty dramatic aspirations aside, Tombstone Territory was also about letting the public know of the hygiene and convenience offered by sponsor Bristol-Myers' new Ipana Plus, liquid dentifrice, i.e. toothpaste that is not pasty but instead liquid.10 Tonight's first episode "Revenge Town" aired during this first, sponsored season on November 6, 1957. It aired on Wednesdays, 8:30 EST, led-in by Disneyland and followed by The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.

Tombstone Territory only ran for one full season on ABC but was picked up for a partial run in Spring and Summer of 1959.11 After Tombstone Territory concluded its second network run on October 9, 1959, Ziv produced another year's worth of programs for syndication.12


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Lone Star Ball

You must be a member of Lone Star Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lone Star Ball. You should read them.

Join Lone Star Ball

You must be a member of Lone Star Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lone Star Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker