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5 October 1961 (USA) See more »
A one-ring circus travels through the American West in the 1880's.
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Chill Wills ... Colonel Casey Thompson / ... (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

John Derek ... Ben Travis (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

Richard Jaeckel ... Tony Gentry (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

Series Directed by
William Witney (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
John English (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Sydney Pollack (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Don Weis (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alan Crosland Jr. (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Gist (2 episodes, 1962)
Hollingsworth Morse (2 episodes, 1962)
Series Writing credits
Samuel A. Peeples (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank Price (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Lawrence Kimble (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Steven Ritch (3 episodes, 1962)
Ken Pettus (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jean Holloway (2 episodes, 1961)
Shimon Wincelberg (2 episodes, 1962)

Series Original Music by
David Buttolph (11 episodes, 1961-1962)
Sidney Fine (3 episodes, 1961)
Series Cinematography by
Bob Gough (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Benjamin H. Kline (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ray Rennahan (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Bud Thackery (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ray Flin (2 episodes, 1962)
John L. Russell (2 episodes, 1962)
Series Film Editing by
Lee Huntington (11 episodes, 1961-1962)
Douglas Stewart (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Joseph Harrison (4 episodes, 1962)
Series Art Direction by
George Patrick (14 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Meehan (5 episodes, 1962)
Raymond Beal (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank Arrigo (2 episodes, 1962)
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Perry Murdock (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ralph Sylos (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (24 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bisk .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ben Bishop .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Carter DeHaven .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank Losee .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1961-1962)

Lou Watt .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
John W. Rixey .... sound (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Russell .... sound (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (3 episodes, 1962)
Corson Jowett .... sound (3 episodes, 1962)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Stunts
Jimmie Booth .... stunt double: Frank Ferguson (1 episode, 1961)
Jack Perkins .... stunt double: Aldo Ray (1 episode, 1961)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

George Fredrick .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
David Buttolph .... composer: theme music (15 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven Wild Animal Rental Co. / animal trainer (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

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60 min (26 episodes)
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Holy Blended Genres, Batman!, 14 June 2010
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

This is an obscure one. "Frontier Circus" ran on CBS for 26 (hour-long) episodes during the 1961-62 broadcast season; I don't recall ever seeing it turn up in syndication. Technically it is a western; shot in black and white two years after Bonanza had begun bringing color westerns into America's living rooms, which gave it little chance for success.

The networks were desperately seeking a gimmick to distinguish their offerings from the mass of television westerns getting air time in 1961. CBS remembered that "Circus Boy" had been a modest success in a 30 minute format for two seasons (1956-1958). And Disney had just done well with their January 1960 theatrical release of "Toby Tyler (or Ten Weeks with a Circus)". So they made a series about a circus traveling around the Old West in the 1880's.

Character actor Chill Wills (who had been the voice of "Francis, The Talking Mule") plays Colonel Casey Thompson who runs the T&T circus with Ben Travis (John Derek before he married Ursula Andress, Linda Evans, and Bo Derek). Richard Jaeckel plays T&T advance man Tony Gentry (sort of a Rowdy Yates of the circus set).

The show was an interesting blend of circus acts, Indian fights, and shootouts with assorted bad hombres.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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