One inexpensive way to find out: Mill Creek Entertainments release of Heroes of the Old West. Lets run the numbers: For less than $10, you get almost 22 hours of material on four DVDs. Thats 10 feature films, 20 television shows and, hopefully, one happy camper.
With the exception of John Wayne in 1963s McLintock!, the movies are hardly classics, mostly of the solid-B variety in other words, nothing anyone but Grandpa Joe remembers. Wayne stars in all but three of them; other names include Errol Flynn and future POTUS Ronald Reagan. I recommend checking out for weirdness, if nothing else the not-even-an-hour The Riders of the Whistling Skull, starring The Three Mesquiteers, one of whom is Ray Crash Corrigan (better-known to Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans as the star of the waterlogged Undersea Kingdom serial).
In the TV department, tune in to the lone episode of the Oklahoma Territory-set Outlaws, which features a sexy saloon singer, Ray Walston as a corrupt judge, future Disney stalwart Dean Jones, and ol Vic Morrow. You also get half a dozen of Bonanza and the first 13 of my childhood favorite, The Lone Ranger. If your child cant answer the question, Who was that masked man?, nows a prime opportunity to inform them, before the planned big-budget movie hits the screen.
Mill Creeks prints arent pristine, but certainly watchable. Besides, on budget sets like this, Criterion-level quality is far from the point. Rod Lott