Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Gentleman" - Gentle Virtue (Aired March 30, 1958)
Television was already in reruns of the twenty to thirty western adventures that proliferated on TV during the 1950s. And it was stiff competition, to be sure. Gunsmoke had achieved off the chart ratings for years, and Have Gun, Will Travel was very much a thinking person's western. This takes nothing away from either John Dehner or Ben Wright's performances in the least. They were consistently top notch. But we'd venture to say that Frontier Gentleman is heard today by far more listeners than ever heard it when it was first broadcast. Be that as it may, it's the listeners of today that matter now. Frontier Gentleman consistently offers a wonderful variation on the western theme. Antony Ellis' scripts are well devised, historically accurate, and fully developed, given the imposed 30-minute formula.
March 30, 1958. CBS network. "Gentle Virtue"
. Sponsored by: Dodge. Kendall wins "Gentle Virtue," a beautiful Chinese girl, in a poker game. The program features an excellent Dodge commercial! It's interesting to note Virginia Gregg and Ben Wright playing Chinese dialect parts. In the fall season, they would play regular Chinese roles in "Have Gun Will Travel," a show very similar to "Frontier Gentleman." John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright, Charlie Lung, John Wald (announcer), Antony Ellis (writer, producer, director), Wilbur Hatch (composer, conductor). 24:52. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.