7.4/10
79
7 user 1 critic

Shotgun Slade 

A late entry in the television Western boom of the late 1950s. Shotgun Slade was unlike other show heroes. He wasn't a Marshal, Sheriff, or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private ... See full summary »

Creator:

Frank Gruber
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1961   1960   1959  

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama.

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith
Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Agent Jim Hardie shifts over its history from being mostly an Agent helping Wells Fargo cope with bad guys, to being the owner of a ranch near San Francisco, California, who still does some... See full summary »

Stars: Dale Robertson, Art Felix, Kit Carson
The Rebel (1959–1961)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After the end of the Civil War, a former Confederate Army private roams the Wild West, and, as a rogue drifter, gets involved in helping out various settlers threatened by various bad guys.

Stars: Nick Adams, Chuck Hamilton, Sid Troy
The Texan (1958–1960)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Texan, a Civil War Veteran whose reputation of being the fastest gun in the west precedes him, roams across Texas from town to town, not looking for trouble, but trouble finds him.

Stars: Rory Calhoun, Regis Parton, Duncan Lamont
The Range Rider (1951–1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Range Rider had a reputation for fairness, fighting ability, and accuracy with his guns and was known far and wide, even by the Indians.

Stars: Jock Mahoney, Dickie Jones, Bob Woodward
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Kit and his pal El Toro go all over the west securing justice for all (absolutely no connection with the historical character).

Stars: Bill Williams, Don Diamond, John Cason
26 Men (1957–1959)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

True stories of the Arizona rangers around 1900.

Stars: Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, Hal Hopper
The Tall Man (1960–1962)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Fictionalized stories about Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid set in New Mexico in the 1870s.

Stars: Barry Sullivan, Clu Gulager, Walter Lawrence
Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts, and Rocky Mountains.

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton
Startime I (1959–1961)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The Ford Motor Company sponsored this hour-long program which rotated between variety shows, dramatic productions, and musical comedies. One of the offerings was turned into a regular series, Sing Along with Mitch (1961).

Stars: Dean Martin, Alice Backes, Jack Albertson
Frontier Doctor (TV Series 1956)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The adventures of a small town doctor working in the Arizona territory during the early 1900s.

Stars: Rex Allen, Mason Alan Dinehart, Chubby Johnson
Annie Oakley (1954–1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the life of legendary Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Set in the quiet western town of Diablo, Annie and her little brother Tagg made sure that outlaws who ... See full summary »

Stars: Gail Davis, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Hawkins
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Scott Brady ...  Shotgun Slade 78 episodes, 1959-1961
Edit

Storyline

A late entry in the television Western boom of the late 1950s. Shotgun Slade was unlike other show heroes. He wasn't a Marshal, Sheriff, or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private detective, hired to track down criminals, return stolen money, or solve mysteries surrounding the death of townspeople. The show had more in common with shows like Peter Gunn (1958) and 77 Sunset Strip (1958), than Gunsmoke (1955) and Bonanza (1959). This show depended on strong characters and storylines than action. Written by Austin Taylor

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Western

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shotgun Slade, Mercenary of the Old West See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shotgun Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (78 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Schlitz Playhouse (1951) season eight, episode fourteen, "The Salted Mine", starring Scott Brady as Shotgun Slade, served as the pilot for this show. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

...a modern contemporary jazz score was used instead of normal western themed music.

"Shotgun Slade" was a first-run syndicated half-hour western series which ran for a single season during the '59-'60 television season. Character actor Scott Brady starred as Shotgun Slade, a detective who roamed the west taking on cases for stagecoach lines, railroads, banks, and other businesses, usually tracking down bank/train robbers, embezzelers, and the like. As westerns in general were beginning to fade in the ratings during the early '60's more and more of them began relying on "gimmicks" to try to lure viewers back. This series actually employed a couple of gimmicks. One was that Slade did not utilize the normal six-shooter as his weapon of choice. Slade relied instead on an over-and-under combination shotgun (the lower barrel fired a 12-gauge shotgun shell)rifle (the top barrel fired a.32 caliber rifle bullet) giving Slade both heavy stopping power at close range and distance when needed. The second gimmick was that a modern jazz score was used instead of normal western themed music. This was undoubtedly a result of the popularity of such current-day detective series of this period such as "Peter Gunn". Indeed, "Shotgun Slade" seemed in many ways to be patterned after "Peter Gunn" with the exception of the fact that "Shotgun Slade" was very pedestrian in virtually all respects. A fair time-killer at best.


17 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed