BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
I've always said that "The Silver Whip" should be considered an Western Classic.
I was a big "Tales of Wells Fargo" fan when I was a kid. Years later, Dale Robertson hosted the Spur Awards at the WWA convention in El Paso in 1995 and I got to meet him briefly. Somebody filmed that awards ceremony and planned to sell it to some cable network, but I don't think it ever aired anywhere. Laura Bush was there, too, when George was still governor. Dale Robertson forgot Loren Estleman's name in the middle of introducing him. One of the more memorable Spur Award ceremonies I've attended. But there was no near-fistfight like there was at the one in Jackson in '92,when you were there, Bill.
I wish I'd been at the one in El Paso. That was some awards ceremony in Jackson. I've never been to one quite like it, which is just as well. Gerry Spence was the speaker, and he was clearly not beloved by some of those in attendance.
Dale also did ads for Carpeteria in California. I watched Tales of Wells Fargo but never owned the playset. I was a deprived child in so many ways.
Robertson was a better actor than most folks think; He was believably jaded aa Oakhurst the gambler in the noir version of OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT, a convincing Swashbuckler in GAMBLER ROM NATCHEZ, and as a weary outlaw-turned-deputy in CITY OF BADMEN, but my favorite Robertson perf is as the Devil gone West in DAY OF FURY.