|1959 - 1961
Scott Brady starred as Shotgun Slade, a
former Union cavalry officer in the Civil War
who worked as a freelance private detective for
stagecoach lines, railroads, and banks in the
frontier days of the late 1870s. Slade spent
most of his time tracking down robbers,
embezzler and schemers of all sorts.
Slade's weapon of choice (which he made) was a rather unique,
custom two-in-one rifle and shotgun - a
full-length over/under combination rifle &
shotgun. The lower barrel fired a .12 gauge
shell, the upper barrel fired .32 gauge shell.. Slade could quickly break
the gun down
into 2 pieces for discreet storage in luggage.
Although based in Denver, Slade's cases took
him all over the country, including: Missouri
where he investigated a salted mine and the
murder of a prospector; Casper, Wyoming to
expose fraud involving paintings;
Deadwood, in the Black Hills of South Dakota to
protect a singer who's life had been threatened;
Sacramento, California where he was involved
with the Chinese underworld; and New Orleans to
solve an ingenious forgery plot.
One of his cases involved protecting a
Stradivarius fiddle owned by Professor
Maximillian (Ludwig Stossel). During his
interview with the potential client, Slade met
the professor's two beautiful nieces who
implored him to take the case and even invited
Slade to move in with them while he acted as
bodyguard for the fiddle.
One of the nieces, Frieda (Lili Kardell)
informed Slade he would be treated "Like one of
the family!" Niece Grizella (Natalia Daryll)
playfully suggested "And we’re a very close
When asked "How ‘bout it?" Slade eyed the
nieces again and asked, "Well…what’s it worth?"
When he was offered two hundred dollars, Slade,
in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, responded "I don’t
have that much on me now...but if you just give
me half-an-hour, I can scrape it up real fast."
Here are some other Shotgun Slade cases:
- Went undercover as a gambling house
bouncer to find the writer of an anonymous
plea for help.
- Worked for a ranch foreman to discover who
had been stealing horses and cutting
- Protected a prospector's mining claim from
those who wanted to steal it.
- Helped a vengeful female bank president
track down killers, the same sort who killed
her father and husband.
- Hired by a rancher's daughter to resolve
water rights dispute
- Tracked a embezzling bank manager.
- Got framed for a bank robber, that he was
- Hired to investigate freight company
accidents suspected to be caused by a rival
- Hired to track down a trainload of missing
- Investigated a land swindle involving a
- Tracked murderous safecrackers who stole
the blueprints to new and more modern
- Hired by a man in jail to prove his
- Protected photographic plates that caught
a robbery in progress and would have used to
identify the robbers.
- Investigated a crazed-sniper terrorizing a
- Investigated the murder of a pool hall
hustler who was killed by an exploding 8-ball.
- Hired to find a runaway wife (a former
saloon hall worker)
- Hired to find a wealthy man's estranged
- Tracked the location of an outlaw gang
with the help of railroad wireless operators.
- Provided security for a group
investigating a silver strike.
- Investigated a string of robberies &
killings that unfortunately led to one of
Slade's Civil War compatriots.
Theme Song Lyrics
(Sung over closing credits)
Of the two barreled gun
You're afraid that someday you'll be won
By a woman
A dreamin' woman
Maybe someone like me
Better run, Shotgun Slade
I'm the one, Shotgun Slade
When you're mine and I settle you down
You will shine like a diamond in town
As a lover
A perfect lover
Of a woman like me
Don't forget, just hold still
Haven't met but we will
TRIVIA NOTE: The series character was
created by pulp fiction writer Frank Gruber, who
also invented other private eye heroes,
including Simon Lash, Otis Beagle, Joe Peel,
Johnny Fletcher and Sam Cragg.
The SHOTGUN SLADE program was unique for a
western because it used a fast-moving modern
jazz scores composed by Gerald Fried. The series
was referred to as "Peter Gunn meets the Old
Character actor Joe Zboran had a variety of
roles on the series, including, a ranch hand,
bartender, saloon sweeper, dry goods clerk, and
The series also employed many notable
personalities for its cast of characters
- World War II pilot Gregory “Pappy”
Boyington (“Omar the Sign Maker”)
- Baseball legend Sandy Koufax (“Too Smart
- Football hero Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch
(“The Lady and the Piano”)
- Country-and-western stars: Johnny Cash
(“The Stalkers”), Tex Ritter (“Missing Train”)
and Jimmy Wakely (“The Safe Crackers”)
- Former boxer Lou Nova ("Backtrack")
Obituaries: Scott Brady: 04/16/1985;
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