TV WESTERNS – PT10.

TV WESTERNS – PT10.

November 17, 2020 Alan Royle 0

DANIEL BOONE (1964-70) 165 EPISODES         The television series entitled Daniel Boone, starring Fess Parker in the title role, was so popular it continued on for six seasons on NBC, and ran for 165 episodes. The only place it was not popular was at the Kentucky Legislature, the […]

TV WESTERNS – PT9.

TV WESTERNS – PT9.

October 27, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  THE COWBOYS (1974) 12 EPISODES                  The success of the John Wayne feature film The Cowboys (1972) encouraged Warner Bros. to develop the story into a television series in 1974 for ABC. Unfortunately it was cancelled after a single season. Jim Davis played Marshal Bill Winter; Diana Douglas, (a […]

TV WESTERNS – PT8.

TV WESTERNS – PT8.

October 9, 2020 Alan Royle 0

    THE CISCO KID (1950-6) 157 EPISODES                                              The Cisco Kid (1950-6) was the first television series to be filmed in colour, although most viewers did not get to see it in colour until the sixties. Initially based on a character created by O. Henry in a short story […]

TV WESTERNS – PT7.

TV WESTERNS – PT7.

September 21, 2020 Alan Royle 5

      CIMARRON CITY (1958-9) 26 EPISODES                     Cimarron City only survived for 26 one-hour episodes. Up against the very popular CBS series Gunsmoke and Have Gun – Will Travel in a tough Saturday night time-slot, it may have done better had it been switched to the less competitive Sunday […]

TV WESTERNS – PT6.

TV WESTERNS – PT6.

August 28, 2020 Alan Royle 4

      CASEY JONES (1957-8) 32 EPISODES               Casey Jones was a short-lived western series loosely based on the real-life railroad engineer of that name who worked on the Illinois Central Railroad in the late 19th century and drove ‘The Cannonball Express’. Alan Hale Jr played Casey with Dub Taylor […]

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TV WESTERNS – PT5.

August 10, 2020 Alan Royle 0

      BROKEN ARROW (1956-58) – 72 EPISODES                                   This series was inspired by the popularity of the 1950 feature film of the same name that starred James Stewart as Tom Jeffords and Jeff […]

TV WESTERNS – PT4.

TV WESTERNS – PT4.

July 26, 2020 Alan Royle 0

    BONANZA    (1959-73)                                430 EPISODES                     Few TV westerns were as successful and as long-running as Bonanza (1959-73). In fact, only Gunsmoke outdid it both in episodes (635) and seasons (20). Initially, Bonanza was screened on Saturday nights, but the figures were so dismal that thought was given to cancelling […]

TV WESTERNS – PT3.

TV WESTERNS – PT3.

July 11, 2020 Alan Royle 0

    BAT MASTERSON (1958-61) – 108 Episodes                              Gene Barry (1919-2009) New Yorker Barry started out as a fine baritone singer, landing several parts in Broadway musicals during the forties before Paramount signed him in the early fifties. Despite carrying a couple of successful TV series – Bat Masterson and […]

TV WESTERNS – 50s, 60s & 70s – PT2.

TV WESTERNS – 50s, 60s & 70s – PT2.

June 26, 2020 Alan Royle 2

      ALASKANS, THE   1959-60 (37 episodes)   Roger Moore (1927 – 2017). Moore played the lead in The Alaskans, a character with the unlikely name of Silky Harris. The first episode aired on October 4, 1959, but in January 1960 the Screen Writers Guild went on strike and […]

TV WESTERNS – 50s, 60s & 70s – PT1.

TV WESTERNS – 50s, 60s & 70s – PT1.

June 5, 2020 Alan Royle 0

    For all those baby-boomers (like myself) who grew from childhood to adolescence to adulthood watching innumerable western series on television throughout the 50s, 60s & 70s, below is a list of pretty much every series that graced our home screens during those formative years. The only omissions are […]