The Six Shooter and It Pays to be Ignorant

The Six Shooter: THE COWARD
In the second episode of The Six Shooter, former gunman and old friend of Britt Ponset’s, Will Peter, at his wife’s request, promises never to use his weapon again. Unfortunately, Noah Temple is trying to take away the Peter ranch and Will is having trouble keeping his promise. This series began just a year after Gunsmoke though The Six Shooter wasn’t the first popular adult western to air over Radio, a case can be made that it was the first to thoroughly legitimize the genre over the medium. Not only were The Six Shooter scripts (and casts) the equal of any of the first wave of adult westerns, but the series carried the considerable weight of James Stewart in the starring role. The theme song “The Highland Lament” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, became a star in its own right and NBC was flooded with inquiries and requests in the mail on how to obtain the record. The answer from producer Jack Johnstone was always the same: “It’s a special English recording restricted to broadcast use only.” Originally Aired 09/27/1953.

It Pays To Be Ignorant
This series, which ran for nine years starting in 1942 was a spoof on popular “intellectual” series as Quiz Kids and Information Please while the beginning of the program parodied the popular quiz show, Doctor I.Q. With announcers Ken Roberts and Dick Stark, the program was broadcast on Mutual from June 25, 1942 to February 28, 1944, on CBS from February 25, 1944 to September 27, 1950 and finally on NBC from July 4, 1951 to September 26, 1951.
The satirical series featured “a board of experts who are dumber than you are and can prove it.” Tom Howard was the quizmaster who asked questions of dim-bulb panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton. The Irish-born Howard and Shelton had previously worked together as a team in vaudeville and comedy film shorts, while McConnell and British comic McNaughton had both appeared in many Broadway musical comedies and revues between 1920 and the late 1930s.
The original radio cast brought the show to television. It was first seen on CBS from June 6 to September 19, 1949. After two years, the series returned on NBC from July 5 to September 27, 1951.
The series was revived by Stefan Hatos-Monty Hall Productions as a weekly syndicated series from September 10, 1973 to September, 1974. In this version, host Joe Flynn queried panelists Jo Anne Worley, Billy Baxter and Match Game regular Charles Nelson Reilly.
A spoof of this spoof was done in the mid-1950s by Jackie Gleason.
Originally broadcast October 6, 1944


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