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30 September 1959 (USA) See more »
Wichita, Kansas, USA was a growing town after the American Civil War. Helping the town grow were Marshal Mike Dunbar and his deputies... See more »
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Actor McCrea Dies
 (From WENN. 20 April 2009, 9:23 AM, PDT)

The Tide Goes Out For "Beach Party" Co-star Jody McCrea - A Tribute By Tom Lisanti
 (From CinemaRetro. 18 April 2009, 8:39 AM, PDT)

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Joel McCrea ... Marshal Mike Dunbar / ... (26 episodes, 1959-1960)

Jody McCrea ... Ben Matheson / ... (22 episodes, 1959-1960)

Series Directed by
R.G. Springsteen (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jesse Hibbs (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jerry Hopper (2 episodes, 1959)
Series Writing credits
Paul Savage (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Eric Freiwald (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Schaefer (2 episodes, 1959-1960)

Series Produced by
Richard V. Heermance .... associate producer (5 episodes, 1959-1960)

Frank Baur .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (4 episodes, 1960)
Charles Burke (3 episodes, 1959)
Series Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley (1 episode, 1959)
Lester Orlebeck (1 episode, 1959)
Harry Marker (1 episode, 1960)
J. Frank O'Neill (1 episode, 1960)
Milton Shifman (1 episode, 1960)
Frank Sullivan (1 episode, 1960)
Series Casting by
Marjory McKay (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Art Direction by
Jan Van Tamelen (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Set Decoration by
George Milo (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Donald E. Webb (3 episodes, 1960)
Series Makeup Department
Louis Hippe .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1960)
Karl Herlinger .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1959)
Series Production Management
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Art Department
Bill Ross .... supervising art director (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Sound Department
Woodruff H. Clarke .... sound (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
Albert E. Kennedy .... sound effects (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (1 episode, 1959)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Music Department
Wayne Walker .... composer: theme music (25 episodes, 1959-1960)
Harry King .... music editor (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: theme song / music (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jack Brooks .... composer: theme song (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Other crew
Frank Baur .... production executive (1 episode, 1959)

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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
a sturdy marshal (joel McCrea) watches over the town of Wichita, Kansas in the 1880s, 21 March 2006
Author: dougbrode from United States

This short lived western, which appeared at a time when the airwaves were so glutted with cowboy shows that some had to fall through the cracks, has developed something of a cult reputation as being one of the really good ones that somehow got away. In truth, much of it was standard stuff, with the decent minded lawman (Joel McCrea) and his young deputy (Jody McCrea), pretty much the same formula as you could find over at ABC with Lawman (Wichita Town was on NBC). There was a nice feel for the cowtown, however, and several intriguing elements that are worth noting. For one thing, though the father and son team of the McCreas were featured, they didn't play father and son, though they were an older and younger man in a father-son style relationship. Second, though the characters' names were fictional, they were supposed to be Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. (Young Jody's character's name was even "Ben Masters," allowing for a hint at the historicity they had to suggest rather than admit owing to the fact that Hugh O'Brian and Alan Dinehart had already done the story of that friendship over at ABC on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Perhaps that helps explain why Wichita Town never caught on - there was a sense of deja vu to it all, which doesn't mean that it wasn't good, only that it arrived a little late in the TV western game. Apparently, McCrea had wanted to play Earp on TV. One of his best B+ westerns of the mid-fifties was Wichita Town, in which he played Earp and Keith Larson (later in such TV westerns as Brave Eagle and Northwest Passage) was young Masterson. That film opened in theatres only months before the ABC Earp/Masterson series premiered. So McCrea backed off and then gave it a noble try with this one-season wonder. If hardly a classic of its type, this was a highly watchable variation on what then was an all too common theme, with McCrea bringing a certain substance to the role that most of the young cowboy stars then on the air couldn't come close to.

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