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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Howdy Kids! A Saturday Afternoon Western Roundup'

Dennis King Published: April 8, 2013

This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:

“Howdy, Kids! A Saturday Afternoon Western Roundup”

Television had its equivalent of the Saturday movie matinee in the 1950s when a stampede of Westerns hit the airwaves and kept a generation of baby boomers glued to the small screen each weekend. “Howdy Kids! A Saturday Afternoon Western Roundup” (due out on DVD Tuesday) gathers up an entertaining cross section of these oaters for a gallop down memory lane.

The three-disc collection harks back to the days when TV was in its infancy and half-hour, black-and-white shows entertained youngsters with easy-to-digest tales of good versus evil.

A simple roster of the shows included – “The Lone Ranger,” “The Roy Rogers Show,” “Sky King” “The Cisco Kid,” “Annie Oakley” and more – is enough to send any baby boomer off on a binge of nostalgia and reminiscence.

Among the more off-track offerings are “The Adventures of Rick O’Shay,” a rare series pilot based the Stan Lynde’s syndicated comic strip; “Buffalo Bill Jr.,” a short-lived series featuring Dickie Jones (who earlier appeared as sidekick Dick West in “The Range Rider” series) as the rootin-tootin son of the great bison hunter, and “The Adventures of Kit Carson,” in which the famed frontiersman and his Mexican pal El Toro roam the West dispensing justice.

Other shows featured in the collection are “The Lone Ranger,” “The Range Rider,” “The Rifleman,” “Fury,” “The Roy Rogers Show,” “The Adventures of Champion,” “The Cisco Kid, “ “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon,” “Sky King” and “Red Ryder.”

“Howdy, Kids! A Saturday Afternoon Western Roundup” is not rated and runs 600 minutes on three discs. It’s being released by Shout! Factory.

- Dennis King