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Release Date:
16 September 1951 (USA) See more »
"From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes Sky King" was the familiar opening to television's premier aviation program... See more »
(2 articles)
Actress Winters-Vernon Dies Of Pneumonia
 (From WENN. 30 August 2010, 9:11 AM, PDT)

Disembodied Actress Eugenia Paul is Dead
 (From Famous Monsters of Filmland. 21 June 2010, 6:32 PM, PDT)

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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 63)
Kirby Grant ... Sky King / ... (72 episodes, 1952-1959)
Gloria Winters ... Penny King (72 episodes, 1952-1959)

Series Directed by
Hollingsworth Morse (15 episodes, 1952)
Jodie Copelan (12 episodes, 1956-1958)
Stuart E. McGowan (12 episodes, 1956-1958)
Clark L. Paylow (11 episodes, 1956-1959)
Paul Landres (9 episodes, 1952-1959)
William Witney (4 episodes, 1959)
William J. Hole Jr. (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Oliver Drake (2 episodes, 1958)
Richard C. Kahn (2 episodes, 1958)
Herbert L. Strock (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Writing credits
Burt Sims (7 episodes, 1956-1959)
William Welch (7 episodes, 1957-1958)
Adrian Gendot (5 episodes, 1956)
Tom Seller (4 episodes, 1952)
Douglas Johnson (4 episodes, 1958)
C. Ray Stahl (4 episodes, 1959)
Harry Poppe Jr. (3 episodes, 1952-1956)
Curtis Kenyon (3 episodes, 1952)
Charles Larson (3 episodes, 1952)
David P. Sheppard (3 episodes, 1952)
John Grey (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Fran Harris (3 episodes, 1958)
Joe Richardson (2 episodes, 1952)
Orville H. Hampton (2 episodes, 1956)
Fran Van Hartsveldt (2 episodes, 1956)
Pat Cherr (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Tom Murray (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Budd Lesser (2 episodes, 1959)
Sloan Nibley (2 episodes, 1959)
P.K. Palmer (2 episodes, 1959)
Dwight V. Babcock (1 episode, 1958)

Leslie Edgley (unknown episodes)
Polly James (unknown episodes)
Marilyn Murphy (unknown episodes)
Roy Winson (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Dorrell McGowan .... executive producer (51 episodes, 1956-1959)
Clark L. Paylow .... producer (47 episodes, 1956-1959)
Stuart E. McGowan .... executive producer (20 episodes, 1956)
Jack Chertok .... producer (19 episodes, 1952)
Harry Poppe .... associate producer / producer (19 episodes, 1952)
Series Original Music by
Eve Newman (8 episodes, 1956)
Series Cinematography by
Carl Berger (20 episodes, 1956)
Robert Pittack (14 episodes, 1952)
William Bradford (12 episodes, 1958-1959)
Hal McAlpin (11 episodes, 1958)
Brydon Baker (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
Mack Stengler (2 episodes, 1952)
Series Film Editing by
Ben Marmon (11 episodes, 1952-1958)
Everett Dodd (7 episodes, 1952-1959)
Jerry Young (5 episodes, 1956-1959)
Frank Capacchione (4 episodes, 1952)
Leon Selditz (3 episodes, 1956)
Axel Hubert Sr. (2 episodes, 1952)
Warren Adams (2 episodes, 1958)
Sherman A. Rose (2 episodes, 1958)
Jack Wheeler (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Art Direction by
Alfeo Bocchicchio (31 episodes, 1957-1959)
Howard Campbell (3 episodes, 1952)
Series Makeup Department
Ernie Young .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1959)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry M. Slott .... assistant director (18 episodes, 1956-1959)
Lester D. Guthrie .... assistant director (16 episodes, 1952)
Herbert E. Mendelson .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1956)
Bob White .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1958)
Clark L. Paylow .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Harrold Weinberger .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1959)
Jack Gertsman .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1958)
Series Art Department
G.W. Berntsen .... set dresser (32 episodes, 1957-1959)
Leo J. Cornett .... property master (17 episodes, 1956-1958)
Walter Veady .... property master (12 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ernest Johnson .... property master (6 episodes, 1958)
Gene Gossert .... property master (4 episodes, 1958)
Series Sound Department
Verna Fields .... sound effects / sound effects editor (42 episodes, 1956-1959)
T.T. Triplett .... sound (27 episodes, 1956-1958)
Max M. Hutchinson .... sound recordist / sound (17 episodes, 1952)
Woodruff H. Clarke .... sound (12 episodes, 1958-1959)
Clarence Peterson .... sound (10 episodes, 1958)
Series Stunts
Dale Van Sickel .... stunt double: Kirby Grant (2 episodes, 1952)

Bill Catching .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Fred Krone .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Boyd Stockman .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Wilbur Kinnett .... lighting director / lighting / ... (15 episodes, 1956)
Series Editorial Department
Arthur H. Nadel .... supervising film editor / supervising editor (51 episodes, 1956-1959)
Jack Ruggiero .... supervising editor (16 episodes, 1952)

Gilbert Mandelik .... supervising editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Alec Compinsky .... music supervisor (22 episodes, 1958-1959)
Herbert Taylor .... composer: theme music (19 episodes, 1952)
Milton Raskin .... composer: theme music (18 episodes, 1952)
Eve Newman .... music editor (8 episodes, 1956)
Byron Chudnow .... music editor (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Other crew
Paul Mantz .... aerial advisor (16 episodes, 1952)

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Additional Details

30 min | USA:30 min (72 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Referenced in Jimmy Buffet's song "Pencil Thin Mustache" "Writin letters to Sky's niece Penny"See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
That's Short For Schuyler, 4 July 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Though it was a nice play on words the character Sky King did not get his moniker from his reliance on air travel, it was simply short for Schuyler. Nevertheless it's a great handle and suggestive of all kinds of romantic fantasies about air travel.

The last name King was also an interesting choice. One of the largest, if not the largest cattle ranches ever was the King Ranch of Texas. If people thought Sky was one of those Kings, so much the better. And I don't think the King Ranch minded the free publicity.

The title role in this modern western was played by Kirby Grant who also had played him on radio. He was the owner of a considerable spread, but the main thing with Grant was that he was up to date with the times. He had a private plane that he named the Songbird which he used to both oversee his ranch and help deal with bad guys who couldn't ride horses fast enough to get away from Sky King and the Songbird. As you can imagine, the law had need of Sky and his plane and Sky was only too willing to help out a sheriff in need.

Sky lived on the ranch with niece Penny {Gloria Winters} and nephew Clipper {Ron Haggerty}. These two headstrong youths got themselves in jams and half the plots of the shows were Uncle Sky using the Songbird to get them out of a jackpot.

Kirby Grant who broke into film as a singer and not a bad one found his niche on radio playing heroic Sky King. The show transitioned smoothly to television and was a big hit with the kids including this kid.

Ironically enough Kirby Grant's death was a postscript to the Challenger disaster. Long retired and living in Florida he saw the Challenger blow up and then died in a car accident on the way home. Probably the horror of what he saw unnerved as it did everyone else who witnessed it live or on television. So a man whose fame was as a fictional air hero died after witnessing one of the great air disasters of the last century.

Sky King was a nice family show and I'm surprised no one has thought to revive it.

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