Finding himself alienated within his own culture, and his nation firmly in the clutches of PC neurotics and ignoramuses, what's left of American manhood naturally longs for validation. We have decided therefore to begin a weekly series, Feature Friday, wherein we will highlight films, television series, and other depictions of America when it still had a culture in which one could take pride.
Normal men today are bombarded with continual negativity and depreciation. Perverts like Bruce Jenner and Dan Savage are held up as cultural icons. Certain quarters of the Manosphere have made a de facto religious cult out what they call The Manly Alpha Leader; which is really a grotesque caricature of everything masculine. Opposed to them are the Male Feminists who, besides being utter hypocrites, make a mockery of everything masculine.
But it wasn't always this way. Men were once given positive reinforcement via the culture. The television series under review this week gives us an example.
This week, we recommend The Lone Wolf, which was produced in 1954 as a syndicated production. The Lone Wolf was Michael Lanyard, a professional writer who ran into various adventures. In reality, Lanyard was more of a professional adventurer who had a reputation as a writer. The character already had a measure of popularity from a series of 1920s novels and 1930s films.
Besides well-written storylines, genuine suspense, and heavy doses of solid action, The Lone Wolf depicts a masculine archetype which has largely disappeared from American society, and has disappeared from popular culture altogether. While depicting the so-called 'Alpha' attributes like confidence and courage, Lanyard also depicts culture and refinement. For lack of a better term, he might be characterized as an 'Alpha Gentleman'. Most Manospherians radically miss this point in their foolish stereotyping of male nature. A ghetto thug can have confidence and courage, but lacking culture and chivalry---he's just that: a thug.
In one episode titled The Wife Story, Lanyard publically humiliates a PUA-type who destroyed a marriage. Contrary to what these self-appointed leaders of men imagine; there's a species of 'Alpha' who looks down upon, and despises, them. Nor was he what they call a Beta Chump; in an episode titled The Oil Story, he reunites a boy with his father who'd been victimized in a divorce.
This is because Lanyard had another character aspect alien to modern pop-culture heroes: a strong moral sense. He was not an amoral automaton or a 'traumatized anti-hero' as Hollywood depicts so many of their caricatured heroes today. Lanyard could always be counted upon to do the right thing, without regard to the consequences.
The Lone Wolf is recommended for these reasons. It was one of the few television series ever produced that depicted a fairly average man whose confidence and security in his own masculinity led him to rise above the herd when duty called. A generation of American men who returned from WW1, WW2, and Korea could identify with this character type. Most men today cannot, though we desperately need more like them.
The sidebar link titled Alternative Entertainment has a site with a fairly extensive collection of Lone Wolf episodes. There are also many on Youtube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo; as well as a DVD collection.