In 1868, after the Civil War, Custer takes charge of a mix of ex-Confederates and criminals, the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hays, Kansas. His boss General Terry doesn't like his methods ... See full summary »
Robert F. Simon
Set in the Louisiana Territory around 1830, wealthy planter Jim Bowie encounters many famous people in New Orleans or the backwoods, relying for protection on the knife he supposedly ... See full summary »
Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, CA. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product mined in Death Valley.
Christopher Colt was apparently a gun salesman but was in fact a government agent tracking down notorious bad guys. His cousin Sam took the lead when the studio had contract disputes with the original star.
The western fort set used on the series was in Kanab, Utah, and was originally built for the western Pony Express (1953). It was also seen in the opening credits of TV's Branded (1965) and was featured extensively in Duel at Diablo (1966). See more »
I remember this series quite well. Even though I was only about 10 when it came out, I remember thinking that this was different from all the other westerns I used to watch. It was definitely more for adults than, say, "Wild Bill Hickok" or "Hopalong Cassidy", and even us kids could appreciate it (my friends and I watched it religiously). It was a tough, gritty show, and didn't--as many westerns often did--romanticize the role of the cavalry trooper in western history, but showed it as the dirty, difficult and often dangerous job it really was. John Pickard, the lead, had been a reliable character actor in westerns for many years--not quite up to the level of Jim Davis, for example, but close--and he fit the part of the tough cavalry sergeant like a glove. A very good show that unfortunately didn't last as long as it deserved.
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