Q: Dr. Sixgun was a radio series that...
- ...was a spun-off from Dr. Two-Packs-a-Day.
- ...featured a renegade Dr. who generates his own patients.
- ...a Coen Brothers kids show.
- ...a situation comedy featuring the misadventures of the Sixgun family.
- ...a NBC feature from 1954 to 1955 to capture the growing adult western-themed market created by Gunsmoke.
I hope you guessed #5...and if you did, treat yourself to something nice! And this is where I am going to take my next day in my review of Christmas episodes from old time radio. (Here is a link to all the 2014 OTR Christmas entries). If you have Sirius/XM, you can listen to Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#148). He does a great job of showcasing great holiday themed episodes, especially as we get closer to Christmas and the end of December.
|My Niece on a somewhat white pony (hey - it's the best I can do) - September 2015|
I have heard Dr. Sixgun a few times on Greg Bell's Radio Classics and they have good stories and production values as would anything produced by NBC at the time. I am happy that this is the first time I am writing about it. The show stared Karl Weber as Grey Matson. Who is Grey Matson...wait - that is Dr. Grey Matson. Still need help??? This is how the episodes started:
"Across the rugged Indian Territory, rides a tall young man on a mission of mercy; his medical bag strapped on one hip and his six-shooter on the other. This is Dr. Sixgun. Grey Matson, M.D. was the gun-toting frontier doctor who roamed the length and breadth of the old Indian territory; friend and physician to white man and Indian alike, the symbol of justice and mercy in the lawless west of the 1870s." (opening transcribed from the Digital Deli site).On December 19, 1954, the show featured its only Christmas episode. Called A Pony for Christmas, the episode told the story of the troubles for the Munoz family. Poor little Tomasito Munoz was very sick and was struggling to regain his health. The Munoz family were sheep herders and they were financially strapped with the holidays and winter fast approaching. They had little more than $20 in all their savings. With food and medicine that would be needed over the winter, there were little prospects for a happy Christmas.
Tomasito asked his grandfather for a pony - a white pony. The grandfather thought it would be the thing that would make him well and took all their savings into town to try to buy that horse for his sick grandson. All is well when he finds someone who will sell him a pony for the money that he had. Sadly, the grandfather unknowingly purchased a stolen pony and it was pulled from the family. On Christmas Eve, they had no money and no pony.
Dr. Matson did everything he could, but when the sheep herders and the cattlemen realized what had happened, they decided that they needed to do something for that poor family. So just like in the musical Oklahoma, this is a case where the farmer and the cowmen can get along! Definitely a sweet story of family, helping your fellow man, and the dangers of holiday scams (which sadly are not a recent invention). I hope you enjoy this episode of Dr. Sixgun!
A Pony for Christmas (December 19, 1954)
Here are additional links to Dr. Sixgun items on the web.
- Dr. Sixgun Episodes (on the Internet Archive)
- Dr. Sixgun (information on Digital Deli)
- Dr. Sixgun on Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Dr. Sixgun (radio) - page on the Wikipedia
25 Days of Old Time Radio Christmas (from 2015) & Other Links
- 2015 Day 1 - Honest Harold's Christmas Party
- 2015 Day 2 - The Innocent Santa Claus (This is Your FBI)
- 2015 Day 3 - Christmas Story from The Mysterious Traveler
- 2015 Day 4 - All is Bright (the story of Silent Night)
- 2015 Day 5 - Beeker's Barn (a Christmas tale from Gunsmoke)
- 2015 Day 6 - Santa Claus of Bums' Boulevard (Casey Crime Photographer)
- 2015 Day 7 - Dr. Sixgun's A Pony for Christmas
- All my entries covering OTR and Christmas
- All my OTR blog posts
- Also visit 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive.
- Christmas Programs from Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Christmas Scripts at Generic Radio Workshop - no they are not from Abbot and Costello!
- Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#148)
25 Days of Old Time Radio Christmas (from 2014)
- Day 1 - Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure
- Day 2 - The Saint is No Santa Claus
- Day 3 - Stolen Rings at Christmas with Boston Blackie
- Day 4 - Dragnet's Christmas Episodes
- Day 5 - Nero Wolfe & the Slaughtered Santas
- Day 6 - The Plot To Murder Santa Claus (with Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune)
- Day 7 - Christmas at Mission San Gabriel with Romance of the Ranchos
- Day 8 - Arch Oboler's Christmas 1918
- Day 9 - The Story of Silent Night (Hallmark Playhouse)
- Day 10 - Juggler of Notre Dame (with Nelson Eddy)
- Day 11 - Candy Matson's Christmas Episodes
- Day 12 - Lionel Barrymore's Mayor of the Town
- Day 13 - More Radio Adaptations of a Christmas Carol
- Day 14 - Tales Of The Texas Rangers (not those Rangers)
- Day 15 - Christmas in Connecticut (with Ronald Reagan)
- Day 16 - Holidays with Connie - Our Miss Brooks
- Day 17 - The Whistler's Christmas Episodes
- Day 18 - Detroit's WXYZ & The Lone Ranger
- Day 19 - Johnny Dollar and the Nick Shurn Matter
- Day 20 - Christmas Shopping with Jack Benny
- Day 21 - Gunsmoke's Christmas Story
- Day 22 - Bob Hope's Christmas Shows
- Day 23 - Christmas with Mel Blanc
- Day 24 - Bing Crosby's Christmas Shows
- Day 25 - Elgin Watch Christmas Specials
- Day 26 - Five Days Off For Christmas with Night Beat
- Day 27 - Let George Do It Christmas Episodes
- Day 28 - CBS Radio Workshop's All is Bright
- Day 29 - Hotpoint's The Man Who Came to Dinner (with Jack Benny)