Law of the Plainsman (1959– )

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Sam Buckhart was an Apache Indian who had saved the life of a U.S. Cavalry officer after an Indian ambush. When the officer died, he left Sam money that was used for an education at private... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart / ... (30 episodes, 1959-1960)
Gina Gillespie ...
 Tess / ... (15 episodes, 1959-1960)


Sam Buckhart was an Apache Indian who had saved the life of a U.S. Cavalry officer after an Indian ambush. When the officer died, he left Sam money that was used for an education at private schools and Harvard University. After school, he returned to New Mexico where he became a Deputy Marshal working for Marshal Andy Morrison and living in a boarding house run by Martha Commager. The only other continuing cast member was 8-year old Tess Logan, an orphan who had been rescued by Buckhart. Written by J.E. McKillop <>

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Release Date:

1 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Westerners  »

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(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Michael Ansara first played his character in this series on 17 Feb 1959 in the episode "The Indian" and again on 9 June 1959 in the episode "The Raid," both on the series The Rifleman (1958), but neither actually plays like a pilot for this program. See more »


Spun-off from The Rifleman (1958) See more »

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One of a herd of Western series, but with two distinguishing features
21 May 2000 | by (AMHERST, MA) – See all my reviews

1959-60 may have been the TV year in which more than one-half of the prime team schedule was taken-up by Westerns. I can't swear to the virtues of this series-- was only 10 at the time-- but two things have stuck in my mind that recommend it. The first, its narrative gimmick: a lawman who was also Native American. Michael Ansara had charisma to burn. The idea deserved good scripts. The chief tug on my memory all these years was its theme-music-- what I remember is distinctive and beautiful-- a stirring anthem, probably not :45 seconds long. After scanning all the retro-recordings of TV music, hoping against all odds that someone would preserve it, I am resigned to whistling from memory. I wonder who composed it?

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