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Ty Hardin 1930-2017 [Aug. 10th, 2017|10:14 am]
Tony Grist
I was doing it again last night- and this time it was Ty Hardin I was watching- in a clip from the Warner Brothers' production line western series Bronco.

Hardin was a beautiful young man in an Eisenhower era sort of a way that was soon to go out of fashion- which may explain why- although his acting career bumped along for several more decades- his time in the sun was so short. History records that he turned down the lead in a cheap spaghetti western called a Fistful of Dollars. Would he have had Clint's career if he'd taken that gig? Probably not.

Bronco wasn't great art and Hardin wasn't that good an actor- but for my generation of little boys approaching adolescence in and around 1960- he and the other TV cowboys were the ones we looked to for information on how grown men were supposed to comport themselves. They were all good looking- but Hardin was the good-lookingest- which is why we nick-named a handsome French master Bronco- and not Rowdy or Wyatt or Maverick or one of the many other options.

I can still hum the theme tune. I even know the words...

[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-08-10 12:25 pm (UTC)
I loved Ty Hardin with all my girlish heart. Or mayhbe I loved Bronco Lane. I thought he was much more handsome than Cheyenne Brody (my mother loved Cheyenne...) What a nice reminder!

Bronco, Bronco tearin across the Texas plain
Bronco Brono...Bronco Lane

Show me a girl who's kissed him once I'll
Show you a girl who's kissed him twice
once any girl has kissed him twice
She'd dreaming of shoes and rice....

Edited at 2017-08-10 12:26 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-10 12:34 pm (UTC)
Not every cowboy show was available to watch in the UK but I think I followed all those that were. My favourite was Rawhide- because it had the best stories- including some spooky ones. Also, of course, it had Clint- the only one of those guys to go on to be a mega-star.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-08-10 12:40 pm (UTC)
I loved Gil Favor, and I could never (and still don't) see the attraction of Clint. He made one movie I liked. Mom also liked SugarFoot, he was kind of a cute non threatening type I was a kid...and I watched Sundance, with...Earl Holliman. There is someone in something I watch now who reminds me of Earl Holliman...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-10 12:53 pm (UTC)
I liked Sugarfoot. They renamed it Tenderfoot over here. I've no idea why. Perhaps they thought British audiences would be confused by the original title.

Sundance never made it over here.

Clint has had a charmed career. I've admired a lot of his work. Unforgiven is one of the greatest westerns ever made- and he not only starred in it but directed it too. I like the Dollars movies and Dirty Harry and Josey Wales. He's also done a lot of leftfield things- like White Hunter, Black Heart- which was pretty good- and Hereafter- which was terrible but sort of interesting.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2017-08-12 12:17 pm (UTC)
Just came back from holiday to see this. I loved Bronco (and Cheyenne, Wyatt Earp, Paladin and Bat Masterson).
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