"Slaughter's my name. Luke Slaughter. Cattle's my business. It's a tough business. It's big business. I've got a big stake in it...and there's no man west of the Rio Grande big enough to take it from me."
Unlike many westerns, the character of Luke Slaughter was the boss of the Cattle operation, and unlike so many western figures, he was no mysterious loner. He was the man in charge, the man giving the orders, and everyone around him knew it. LSoT was populated by a colourful cast of various cowboy-type characters, including the obligatory coot, Witchita, played by the highly amusing Junius Matthews (the voice of Rabbit in the classic Winnie the Pooh films from 1966 to 1977). The noted writer and producer of radio dramas, William N. Robson, the man who put some of the spine in the scripts of both Escape and Suspense, injected an amazing amount of colour in each of the personalities on the show, coaxing the humanity from what could have easily been stock peripheral characters.
In my opinion Luke Slaughter of Tombstone effortlessly rises to the level of legendary radio westerns like The Six Shooter and Gunsmoke. Those 16 episodes are as solid as any I've heard, with sophisticated scripts and acting that reflect the maturity of the classic radio drama in it's final years. It's good, potent stuff, and I recommend it highly!
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