Sunday, May 16, 2010
GENIUS IN B&W - ERNIE KOVACS SHOOTS DOWN TV WESTERNS - ABC-TV - CIRCA 1961
In one of his innovative ABC-TV specials, and speaking from the recesses of a darkened control room, video visionary and satirist superlative, Ernie Kovacs, took laser-accurate aim on the the dearth of westerns that flooded network television as America entered the space-age.
Kovacs, who was candid in his comic commentary,shot holes in the sometimes simplistic, sometimes saccharine tales of the old west that popped up in prime time.When every cathode ray cowboy had a "gimmick" that ranged from hidden derringers to sawed-off shotguns, and wore everything from buckskin chaps to bowler hats, Kovacs gunned down the genre and blasted the network executives,who then, as now,copied every successful horse opera on the air in hopes of a hit.
Here, from the ROLKO52 YOU TUBE site, is a fast and funny clip of Ernie Kovacs showdown at the sixties corral. Enjoy!!!!!