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The Six Shooter (1953 - 1954)

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James Stewart as Brit Ponset

James Stewart as Brit Ponset

Series Overview


NBC (1953-Aug-20 to 1954-Jun-24)

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4.3 / 5.0 (8 votes) (VOTE)


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Network sustained (1953-Oct-18 to Series End)

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Highland Lament

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Genre: Western Drama
Language: English
Length: 30 minutes



"The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged. His skin is sun-dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl, its handle, unmarked. People called them both, the six shooter."

So opened The Six Shooter, the only radio series starring James Stewart, although he made numerous radio appearances. In this radio western, Mr. Stewart played Britt Ponset, a man with a reputation for having a fast gun. Mr. Stewart portrayed a character very different from a hard, tough-talking gun slinger. In this series, the hero is a slow-talking, thinking man who doesn't reach for his gun first and ask questions later. He's ready with his gun, but first looks for alternatives to violence. Mr. Stewart plays the character very well.

The first appearance of Britt Ponset as The Six Shooter was as a Western Drama for the Hollywood Star Playhouse on April 13, 1952. The show was titled "The Six Shooter" and Jimmy Stewart played the lead. The same script was used for the audition of The Six Shooter series, again with Mr. Stewart as Britt. Almost a year and a half after the Hollywood Star Playhouse show, on September 20, 1953, Mr. Stewart brought the series to the air. The script used for the Hollywood Star Playhouse drama and the audition was used again, with a slightly different opening, on November 1, 1953, for the seventh show in the series. Jack Johnstone was the producer and director. The writer for the entire series was Frank Burt.

The series started as in Sunday evening time slot and remained there until the end of March, 1954. At that time, it moved to Thursday. The last show aired June 24, 1954.

With only 39 shows in the series, it is frequently overlooked in favor of more long-running Westerns. Don't pass up on this one. It's one of the best.

Cast and Crew


Jack Johnstone

Writer / Creator

Frank Burt


Basil Adlam


Hal Gibney   
Announcer (Series Start to 1954-Feb-14)
NOTE: This is the spot where you could get a long note and type it in.
John Wald Announcer (1954-Feb-21 to Series End) 
James Stewart Britt Ponset 
Britt's Horse Scar 

Also Heard

Parley Baer, Virginia Gregg, Harry Bartell, Lou Merrill, Howard McNear, Elvia Allman, Jess Kirkpatrick, B.J. Thompson, Sam Edwards, Shep Menken, Frank Gerstle, George Neece, Will Wright, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O’Herlihy, Herb Vigran, Barney Phillips, Forrest Lewis, Robert Griffin, Alan Reed, Bill Johnstone, Tony Barrett, Michael Ann Barrett, Ted Bliss, Eleanor Audley, Sandra Gould, Junius Matthews, Carlton Young, Lillian Buyeff, Frank Gerstle, Marvin Miller, William Conrad, Ted deCorsia, Ken Christy, Joel Cranston

Trivia and Factoids

  • This is the only radio series that starred James Stewart.
  • According to Stan Freberg a tobacco company was willing to sponsor the program, but Stewart didn't want that. This is supported in On the Air, where John Dunning writes: "Despite Stewart's great prestige, the show was largely sustained. Chesterfield was interested, but Stewart declined, not wanting a cigarette company to counter his largely wholesome image."


Typical Opening

Theme Music: Up full then under...
Sound: Horse trotting.
Announcer: The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged. His skin is sun-dyed brown; the gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. The handle, unmarked. The gun has killed and the man has killed. People call them both the Six Shooter. Presenting one of the screen's favorite stars, Mr. James Stewart ... [in] The Six Shooter, the transcribed series of radio dramas based on the life of Britt Poncett, the Texas plainsman who wandered through the Western territories leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends.
Theme Music: Up full then out.
Show Begins: Identification line ("first line") occurs here.

Typical Closing

Theme Music: Up full then under...
Announcer: The National Broadcasting Company has presented James Stewart as the Six Shooter. Mr. Stewart may currently be seen in the Universal-International picture Thunder Bay. The Six Shooter is an NBC Radio Network production in association with Revue Productions and is based on the character created by Frank Burke. Special music was by Basil Adlam. The entire production is under the direction of Jack Johnstone. All characters and incidents were fictitious and any resemblance to actual characters or incidents is purely coincidental. Hal Gibney speaking. This is NBC, the National Broadcasting Company.
Theme Music: Up full then out.
Sound: NBC chimes. N-B-C.


  • NOTE: This is where catchphrases from the show would go...

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