Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Growing up in the 1950s / Taking a December walk in the 2020s

Loved this TV show when I was a little girl.  With a little googling, I found that it was on TV from 1955 to 1960.  

One of my first drawings at 5 years old in 1955 was of a horse.



Sabine said...

Fury came to our corner of the world fully synchronised. A bit bewildering because I was and still are afraid of horses. Needless to say, I never really saw a plot developing. More impressive at that age for me was Tammy about a young woman living on a houseboat.
We did not own a tv at the time and visited neigjbours and often my mother's elderly cleaner, which meant that we had to eat her strange cake concoctions. I would come home overwhelmed and nauseous.

Colette said...

Fury was one of my older sister's favorite TV shows. I favored Mighty Mouse, ha.

am said...

You paid a heavy price in order to be able to watch TV.

Although I don't remember the TV show, I did clearly remember the song "Tammy" when I found the TV show on YouTube. I began actively listening to popular music on the radio when I was 8 years old and would have first heard that song in 1958. Just hearing that song brings back memories of being 8 years old and wanting to be in love like Tammy. Tammy on the TV show has Southern accent. I'm wondering what, if any accent, she had when the show was dubbed in German.

Although I didn't see it in that way at the time, watching that first episode of Fury made me think that the show was motivated by a wish to teach boys how to "behave" in 1950s culture. Twelve-year-old Joey was on his way to becoming a "juvenile delinquent" when he was adopted by a widowed man who owned a ranch. His adoptive father was motivated to try to help him fit into the 1950s culture, but it is Fury who acts as a kind of animal therapist for Joey and other "troubled boys."

It seems that Joey had been in and out of abusive foster homes and had little trust for adults. I, too, had little trust of adults. I related to Joey.

From Wiki:

"... A typical plot involved a guest star who falls into mischief or was rebellious or disorderly, and got into trouble, but is subsequently rescued by Fury. In most episodes, Fury allowed only Joey to ride him, but occasionally others were allowed the honor of mounting Fury if they had done a good deed for the horse. One of the original concepts of the show was that Fury remained a "wild" (untamed) horse, that would not allow anyone but Joey to ride him or even come near him. In several episodes, people would see the calm interaction between the horse "and the boy who loved him," and assume that the horse must be broken, but when they tried to put a saddle on him, Fury would rear up and attack them ..."

I'm guessing that, lonely child that I was, I saw Fury as a powerful ally and a friend. I didn't think that any boy would ever love me but maybe a horse would. It was safe and easy for me to love horses.

I can see, though, how someone could be afraid of horses, especially Fury. He could be fierce and intimidating. Interestingly, there is a local agency that uses gentle horses as therapy animals for children in our community who have difficulties coping with life.

am said...

I loved Mighty Mouse! "... Here I come to save the day ..."

"... So, though we are in danger, we never despair
'Cause we know that where there's danger he is there
He is there, on the land, on the sea, in the air! ..."

Always looking for someone to protect me (-:

Anonymous said...

I haven't thought of Fury in so many years. That was one of my favorite TV shows when I was young. Thank you for reminding me. (NewRobin13)

37paddington said...

It's so clear in your five year old drawing that you came into this world already an artist.