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Release Date:
18 October 1957 (USA) See more »
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.
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Wayde Preston ... Christopher Colt (67 episodes, 1957-1960)

Series Directed by
Lee Sholem (8 episodes, 1958-1960)
Leslie H. Martinson (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Herbert L. Strock (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
William J. Hole Jr. (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
Franklin Adreon (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Alan Crosland Jr. (3 episodes, 1957-1959)
Edward Bernds (3 episodes, 1957)
Lew Landers (3 episodes, 1960)
Walter Grauman (2 episodes, 1957)
Douglas Heyes (2 episodes, 1957)
Montgomery Pittman (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Abner Biberman (2 episodes, 1958)
George Waggner (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Paul Guilfoyle (2 episodes, 1959)
Emory Horger (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Writing credits
A. Sanford Wolfe (11 episodes, 1959-1960)
Irwin Winehouse (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
W. Hermanos (8 episodes, 1960)
William F. Leicester (7 episodes, 1957-1960)
Frederick Brady (5 episodes, 1957-1958)
James Barnett (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jack Emanuel (5 episodes, 1959)
Mack David (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Dean Riesner (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
David Lang (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Edmund Morris (3 episodes, 1960)
Roy Huggins (2 episodes, 1957-1960)
William Driskill (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
Wells Root (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
James Gunn (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Howard Browne (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Montgomery Pittman (2 episodes, 1958)
Finlay McDermid (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Dwight Newton (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Malcolm Stuart Boylan (2 episodes, 1959)
Clair Huffaker (2 episodes, 1960)
Lee Loeb (2 episodes, 1960)

Series Produced by
William T. Orr .... executive producer (67 episodes, 1957-1960)
Cedric Francis .... producer (8 episodes, 1959)
Joseph Hoffman .... producer (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
Mack David .... producer (4 episodes, 1960)
Roy Huggins .... producer (1 episode, 1957)
Series Original Music by
Paul Sawtell (unknown episodes)
Bert Shefter (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Ralph Woolsey (4 episodes, 1958-1960)
Wesley Anderson (3 episodes, 1957-1959)
Carl Berger (2 episodes, 1959)
Warren Lynch (2 episodes, 1959)
Perry Finnerman (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Film Editing by
Fred Bohanan (5 episodes, 1957-1958)
Leo H. Shreve (2 episodes, 1957)
Carl Pingitore (2 episodes, 1959)
Robert B. Warwick Jr. (1 episode, 1960)
Series Art Direction by
Art Loel (8 episodes, 1957-1959)
Carl Macauley (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Perry Ferguson (4 episodes, 1959)
Series Set Decoration by
Frank M. Miller (6 episodes, 1957-1960)
Patrick Delany (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor (67 episodes, 1957-1960)
Series Production Management
Oren Haglund .... production manager (67 episodes, 1957-1960)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Archer .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1957-1959)
Robert Farfan .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959)
Lee White .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
C. Carter Gibson .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957)
Eddie Prinz .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958)
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Sound Department
Franklin Hansen .... sound (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Francis E. Stahl .... sound (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Stanley Jones .... sound (2 episodes, 1957)
Charles Althouse .... sound (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (unknown episodes)
John Daheim .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
James Moore .... supervising film editor (67 episodes, 1957-1960)
Series Music Department
Douglas Heyes .... lyricist: theme music (64 episodes, 1957-1960)
Hal Hopper .... composer: theme music (64 episodes, 1957-1960)
Paul Sawtell .... music supervisor (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Bert Shefter .... music supervisor (5 episodes, 1959-1960)

Mack David .... composer: closing theme (unknown episodes)
Jerry Livingston .... composer: closing theme (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Arvo Ojala .... technical director (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (67 episodes) | Argentina:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

In Britain, the show was known as "The Colt Cousins".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the weekly opening scene, Wayne Preston rides furiously into town. He dismounts and walks toward the Sheriff's Office. You can see a crew member reflected in the window of the building to the right. He is wearing a white hat and short sleeve shirt.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Colt .45 (1950)See more »


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an apparent gun salesman (wayde Preston) is actually a government undercover agent in the old west, 22 March 2006
Author: dougbrode from United States

Of all the many westerns that Warner Bros. had on ABC during the late fifties, this was the least successful. More correctly, the ONLY show of this type that didn't succeed for the studio and the network. By the time it arrived on the air, ABC was already airing Cheyenne, Bronco, Sugarfoot, Maverick, and Lawman, all of which had long, healthy runs. Colt .45 premiered in a late evening Friday spot, opposite strong competition on the other two networks. Wayde Preston played a big, rugged fellow who traveled the west, bringing sample guns to stores that could then order them from the Colt firearms company back east. Secretly, though, he was a government agent, and each town he went into not only had a store desiring to order pistols but also some villain who needed to be taught a lesson. One particularly memorable episode featured a mild-mannered small fellow who had read about knights and hid a breastplate under his coat, so that he could shoot it out with gunfighters, allow them to fire at his heart, then (protected by the metal) blow the guy away. When he picked on Chris Colt, though, he made a mistake, for the hero had figured out the guy's strategy and put a bullet right between his eyes. Like Clint Walker over at Cheyenne, Preston was a troublesome actor - he wanted better scripts and more money - and, since the ratings weren't all that great, the show was cancelled. Both the network and studio had second thoughts, though, and brought Colt .45 back for another try, this time on Sunday nights, and it fared better, despite being loaded down with reruns. When the new episodes did appear, Preston sported a mustache that made him look more authentically western, though this was a rarity on TV at the time. Once again, he and the studio clashed, so before long he was gone, with Donald May replacing him as his cousin, Sam Colt, Jr. There was an episode in which Preston turned the job over to May, but in a bizarre move, it wasn't aired as the first of the May episodes but the last - so audiences had no idea why there was a new guy on the series until the series was about to end! By that time, it was on Tuesday nights, and everyone involved in this (and for that matter most TV westerns) had run out of new ideas. So what they did for the final half-season was to imitate a Republic-produced series from earlier in the decade, Stories Of the Century - by having May meet one real-life gunfighter (Billy the Kid, Jesse James, etc.) on his travels. Ultimately, though, it was the first WB/ABC western to "go" - cancelled in summer, 1960. That fall, a Maverick episode had Bart (Jack Kelly) running into the stars of all the other Warner/ABC westerns in a single episode . . . but when he arrived at the home of Chris Colt, there was only a dusty gun hanging from a peg, and the man was gone. Though nobody perhaps knew it at the time, this served as a symbol for the fate of most all such westerns, which would reach the end of the trail within the next two to three years.

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