The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son... See full summary »
Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts and Rocky Mountains. The first treks were led by gruff, ... See full summary »
Sam McCloud is a Marshal from a Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.
Stoney Burke is a rodeo rider who wants to win the Golden Buckle, the award to the world's champion saddle bronco rider. He didn't win it but he encountered a considerable amount of ... See full summary »
After the death of her husband, Marian Starett takes on the arduous task of both raising a son, Joey, and protecting her farm from ruthless land baron Ryker. Nomadic gunfighter Shane ... See full summary »
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In a surprising twist, Jesse and Frank James come across as good guys as they go about their outlaw ways. Jesse is a devilish scoundrel with an eye for the ladies while Frank concerns himself with more practical matters.
The Wide Country was the second of two shows with a rodeo background that came to television in 1962, the other being Stoney Burke. Maybe both could not crack that all important demographic, the young. Those that buy the products the advertisers hawk on shows.
I don't understand why neither show really made it. The rodeo does have some inherent drama within it. The quest to be champion in whatever event you compete in, the personal dangers accompanying trying to do your personal best. The Professional Bullriders do quite well with their attendance and audience today.
Earl Holliman like Jack Lord was a rider of broncos and he also was after a national championship. At the same time Earl had a younger brother Andrew Prine who wants the same life, but Holliman is discouraging it. Still Prine tags along with him, to every event where one or both have some kind of experience.
In a nutshell that was both Stoney Burke and The Wide Country. The success of films like The Lusty Men, J.W. Coop, and 8 Seconds show that rodeo does have a big screen appeal. Maybe someday, someone will capture that appeal for the small screen.
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