Western Heritage Awards (Televison)

Every year the Museum gives "The Wrangler" (also known as the Bronze Wrangler), an original bronze sculpture by artist John Free. It is awarded annually during the Western Heritage Awards to principal creators of the winning entries in specified categories of Western literature, music, film and television. Past winners have included Owen Wister, William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy, Harry Carey, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, Buck Taylor, Howard R. Lamar, Ben Johnson, Pernell Roberts, and Tom Selleck.
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1.
Rawhide (1959 TV Series)
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Favor is taking a short but very tough route which the men question. Another trail boss John Cord tells Favor he is wrong. When Favor becomes sick, he asks Cord to take over but the men question Cord's motives. (50 mins.)
 
2.
Death Valley Days (1952 TV Series)
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Colonel Lounsberry is selected by General Custer to be the only newspaperman to travel with the troops leaving on a campaign against the Sioux. (25 mins.)
 
3.
Rawhide (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Sendoff (1961)
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While gathering mavericks in deep brush, Favor discovers the remnants of a wagon train destroyed by Comanches along with 12 graves. Some are looking for a a survivor including a woman whose son was killed and the man helping her. (50 mins.)
 
4.
Stoney Burke (1962 TV Series)
Episode: The Contender (1962)
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In his striving to be a rodeo champion, Stoney Burke must contend with a self-serving friend, an unscrupulous promoter... (60 mins.)
 
5.
Rawhide (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Incident of Iron Bull (1963)
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Rowdy hires a Comanche who "supposedly" returns their remuda. Favor returns with Colonel Macklin who wiped out the Comanches. Macklin and Clanton, a drover, have problems with any Comanche leading to bigger issues for Favor and the drovers (50 mins.)
 
6.
Rawhide (1959 TV Series)
Episode: Corporal Dasovik (1964)
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When a officer dies, Cpl. Dasovik is forced to take over the mission but he has no control over the men. The men pick up Favor when they take some of his cattle. Dasovik soon learns he is alone but he is determined to carry out his orders. (50 mins.)
 
7.
The Virginian (1962 TV Series)
Episode: The Horse Fighter (1965)
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A renown bronc buster is hired to break a group of rough mustangs at Shiloh. He picks Randy who is green to help him and Randy comes to idolize him as they break a black stallion. However, unknown to Randy there is a dark side to man. (75 mins.)
 
8.
The Monroes (1966 TV Series)
Episode: The Intruders (1966)
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After their parents drown, the five surviving children continue on their journey West to Wyoming to... (60 mins.)
 
9.
Gunsmoke (1955 TV Series)
Episode: Death Watch (1966)
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Two Bounty hunters bring in a wounded Mexican bandit worth $30,000 and find out the Mexican government might not pay for a man who dies a natural death, so they get the idea of shooting him dead. (60 mins.)
 
10.
The Virginian (1962 TV Series)
Episode: Bitter Autumn (1967)
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Clay and Holly Grainger take over for John as a herd from Texas is brought in by Kyle Jackson and his brothers. However, things turn tragic when Trampas discovers the herd is sick and a brother accidentally kills the wife of an ex-lawman. (75 mins.)
 
11.
The High Chaparral (1967 TV Series)
Episode: The Buffalo Soldiers (1968)
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The Tenth Cavalry comes to Tucson to stop crime. They are Buffalo Soldiers who must also contend with racism. With aid from the Cannons they show their pride and great ability as they take on the man controlling the town and his henchmen. (60 mins.)
 
12.
Bonanza (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Wish (1969)
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Hoss takes two months of leave. He sees a little black boy steal a candle. He learns the boy wants the candle to make a wish. As he gets to know the boy and his family, he decides to try to help the family. (49 mins.)
 
13.
Centennial (1978 Mini-Series)
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The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s. (1256 mins.)
 
14.
Stubby Pringle's Christmas (1978 TV Movie)
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It's now Christmas Eve and Stubby Pringle is on his way to an annual dance that he went to the previous year and fell in love with a girl... (55 mins.)
 
15.
The Legend of Walks Far Woman (1982 TV Movie)
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A woman kills her husband after he becomes violently abusive following concussion. The tribe then banishes her from the community. (111 mins.)
Director: Mel Damski
 
16.
September Gun (1983 TV Movie)
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Ben Sunday, a long-in-tooth gunfighter forms an uneasy alliance with a Catholic nun. The single-minded... (92 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
17.
Calamity Jane (1984 TV Movie)
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Biography of the famous cowgirl Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity Jane) is the Wild West character. (100 mins.)
Director: James Goldstone
 
18.
Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986 TV Movie)
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"From personal heartbreak to the epic fight for liberation, the glory of the Old West is captured in this grand life story of Sam Houston, the man whose bravery and vision led to the creation of Texas." -- from back of box (144 mins.)
Director: Peter Levin
 
19.
Independence (1987 TV Movie)
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A dedicated sheriff in the 1880s who, after his first family is ravaged by a gang of renegades, gets a chance for revenge years later when the same outlaws threaten his new family and the frontier town he single handedly tamed. (100 mins.)
Director: John Patterson
 
20.
Guns of Paradise (1988 TV Series)
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Gunfighter Ethan Cord, left to raise his dead sister's children, tries to settle down in the town of Paradise... (60 mins.)
 
21.
Lonesome Dove (1989 Mini-Series)
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Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus... (384 mins.)
 
22.
World of Discovery (1990 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
24.
Conagher (1991 TV Movie)
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Mrs. Evie Teale is struggling to stay alive while raising her two children alone on a remote homestead... (94 mins.)
 
25.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
Episode: The Donner Party (1992)
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Doomed attempt to get to California in 1846. More than just a riveting tale of death, endurance and survival... (60 mins.)
 
26.
O Pioneers! (1992 TV Movie)
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Alexandra Bergson (Jessica Lange) inherits the family farm and struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie... (99 mins.)
Director: Glenn Jordan
 
27.
Return to Lonesome Dove (1993 Mini-Series)
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'Captain' Call has just buried Gus at Lonesome Dove and plans to head back to his ranch in Montana. Looking at a herd of wild Mustangs... (322 mins.)
Director: Mike Robe
 
28.
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994 TV Movie)
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Mary Crow Dog, daughter of a desperately poor Indian family in South Dakota, is swept up in the protests... (100 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
29.
Streets of Laredo (1995 Mini-Series)
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Captain Woodrow Call, now retired from the Rangers, is a bounty hunter. He is hired by an eastern rail baron to track down Joey Garza... (300 mins.)
 
30.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993 TV Series)
Episode: Legend (1996)
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Dr. Mike, Sully and Matthew join forces with a legendary marshal to track down the outlaws who wounded Matthew during a bank robbery... (60 mins.)
 
31.
Last Stand at Saber River (1997 TV Movie)
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As America recovers from the Civil War, one man tries to put the pieces of his life back together but... (96 mins.)
Director: Dick Lowry
 
32.
Two for Texas (1998 TV Movie)
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In 1836, two prisoners escape from a Louisiana chain gang run by a vicious strong boss. In the process of the escape... (96 mins.)
Director: Rod Hardy
 
33.
Dead Man's Gun (1997 TV Series)
Episode: The Regulator (1999)
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With 30 kills to his name, John Slattery adds 3 more stage robbers to the score. When a widow writer... (60 mins.)
 
34.
You Know My Name (1999 TV Movie)
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Fact-based bio of early film director-producer, Bill Tilghman (Sam Elliott). Tighman was a real life cowboy... (94 mins.)
 
35.
The Virginian (2000 TV Movie)
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A cowboy finds himself betrayed by his best friend and must choose between bringing him to justice and alienating the pretty schoolteacher he is in love with. (95 mins.)
Director: Bill Pullman
 
36.
Crossfire Trail (2001 TV Movie)
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Rafe Covington promises a dying friend that he'll watch over the man's wife and ranch after he's gone... (92 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
 
37.
King of Texas (2002 TV Movie)
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In this adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, self-made ranch tycoon John Lear divides his holdings among his daughters but finds that once they have his property, they reject him. (95 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
 
38.
ABC News Nightline (1980 TV Series)
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A nightly discussion of one important news event from earlier that day. (30 mins.)
Director: Eric Siegel
“ Episode "The Cowboy Way" (2003) ” - KasparM
 
39.
Peacemakers (2003 TV Series)
Episode: 29 Seconds (2003)
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In the late 1800's a new addition to law enforcement is evolving. Forensic science is in its infancy and the Wild West will never be the same...
 
40.
EKN Teen Kids News (2003 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Jack Niesi
“ Episode "Cowgirl Museum" (2004) ” - KasparM
 
41.
Independent Lens (1999 TV Series)
Episode: The Last Cowboy (2005)
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Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.
 
42.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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This documentary tells the story of a woman who invented herself from scratch. As a child, Willa Cather... (90 mins.)
 
43.
Into the West (2005 Mini-Series)
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Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans. (552 mins.)
 
44.
Broken Trail (2006 Mini-Series)
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Print Miller feels guilty about inheriting his nephew's mother's house and partners up with him to drive horses for sale in an eventful journey. (184 mins.)
 
45.
Cowboys in Tall Grass (2010 TV Series)
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46.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of how American Indians were displaced as the U.S. expanded west. Based on the book by Dee Brown. (133 mins.)
Director: Yves Simoneau
 
47.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
Episode: Wyatt Earp (2010)
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Wyatt Earp has been portrayed in countless movies and television shows but these popular fictions belie... (60 mins.)