TV WESTERNS – PT7.

TV WESTERNS – PT7.

September 21, 2020 Alan Royle 4

      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.

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      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.

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    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 […]

TV – When the western was king – PT2.

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  Part two of this article looks at the 25 television westerns from the 1949-69 era that were the most successful, according to the number of episodes in each. There may be a few surprises, although number one will come as no surprise at all to anyone who remembers the […]

TV – When the western was king – PT1.

June 23, 2018 Alan Royle 4

There was a time, back in the fifties when television suddenly took off, that saw the western genre dominating the box. Scores of series were launched throughout the late forties, the fifties and sixties. Many of them lasted only a single season (even less), but others made a fortune for […]

What Happened to the ‘Wagon Train’ (1957-65) Stars?

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From 1957 until 1965 the prairie schooners of TV’s Wagon Train series rolled over 284 episodes. Throughout those eight seasons only eight actors (no actresses) appeared in fifty or more episodes. A minor actress named Kay Stewart popped up in eleven episodes from 1958 to 1964, playing eleven different women. […]