Film

Sam Peckinpah’s Television Western

Television in the middle of the last century could be extraordinarily rich and varied. To be sure, there were not many channels and if you wanted to watch a specific program you needed to make arrangements to be at home at a particular time; and everything was in black-and-white. In Australia, commercial channels were doing their best to make as few local shows as possible. Channel Nine boss Ken G. Hall told me that Nine’s proprietor, Frank Packer, would “buy as much overseas material as cheaply as possible and bung it on”. This was, however, not an unmitigated disaster. America…

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