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Release Date:
24 January 1965 (USA) See more »
In the 1880s Jason McCord travels the country trying to prove he's no coward. He needs to do this because the military career of this West point graduate came to an end when he was thrown out of the army after being accused of cowardice. Full summary »
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Chuck Connors ... Jason McCord (48 episodes, 1965-1966)

Series Directed by
Larry Peerce (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Harris (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lee H. Katzin (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Bernard McEveety (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Allen Reisner (5 episodes, 1966)
Vincent McEveety (4 episodes, 1965)
William Witney (4 episodes, 1966)
Leonard Horn (2 episodes, 1965)
Ron Winston (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Writing credits
Larry Cohen (48 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jameson Brewer (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Wilder (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jerry Ziegman (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Frank Chase (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Frederick Louis Fox (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Andrew J. Fenady (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Nicholas T. Rowe (2 episodes, 1965)
Lou Shaw (2 episodes, 1965)
Jerome B. Thomas (2 episodes, 1965)
Chuck Connors (2 episodes, 1966)
Frank Paris (2 episodes, 1966)
Ken Trevey (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Dann Cahn .... associate producer (44 episodes, 1965-1966)
Andrew J. Fenady .... producer / executive producer (43 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mark Goodson .... executive producer (36 episodes, 1965-1966)
Bill Todman .... executive producer (36 episodes, 1965-1966)
Cecil Barker .... producer (7 episodes, 1965)
Harris Katleman .... executive producer / producer (2 episodes, 1965)

Larry Cohen .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere (48 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Cinematography by
Lester Shorr (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard E. Cunha (7 episodes, 1965)
Series Film Editing by
Melvin Shapiro (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Edward Mann (11 episodes, 1965)
Sergei Goncharoff (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Anthony Wollner (8 episodes, 1965)
Fred W. Berger (2 episodes, 1965)
Dann Cahn (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Casting by
Ruth Burch (7 episodes, 1965)
Series Art Direction by
Stan Jolley (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Hal Pereira (34 episodes, 1965-1966)
Paul Sylos (7 episodes, 1965)
Series Set Decoration by
William F. Calvert (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sam Comer (9 episodes, 1965)
Raymond Boltz Jr. (7 episodes, 1965)
Series Costume Design by
Frank Tauss (7 episodes, 1965)
Series Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Bill Morley .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1965)
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1965)
Doris Durkus .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1965)
Series Production Management
Harry F. Hogan .... production manager (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Glenn Cook .... production manager (7 episodes, 1965)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Vallejo .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lee H. Katzin .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1965)
Roger Slager .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1965)
Anthony Ray .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Marty Moss .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1966)
George Fenaja .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1965)
Charles Bonniwell .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Art Department
Harold Nyby .... construction coordinator (47 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard M. Rubin .... properties (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ted Cooper .... property master (6 episodes, 1965)
Series Sound Department
Joel Moss .... sound recordist / sound engineer (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jack Schrader .... sound effects / sound effects editor (36 episodes, 1965-1966)
Terry Kellum .... sound recordist (17 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Lindgren .... sound engineer / sound recordist (9 episodes, 1965)
Wallace R. Bearden .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 1966)
John L. Bury .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1965)
Ralph Butler .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1966)
Robert A. Reich .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (1 episode, 1965)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunt double: Richard Tatro (1 episode, 1966)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunt double: David Brian (1 episode, 1966)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Barlow Simpson .... lighting technician (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Casting Department
Marvin Paige .... casting consultant (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordon T. Dawson .... wardrobe (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant (3 episodes, 1965)
Fred W. Berger .... supervising editor (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Music Department
Alan Alch .... lyricist / lyricist: theme music (43 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor (36 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Post .... music editor (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Other crew
Harold Nyby .... construction coordinator (48 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ann St. Lawrence .... executive associate / production consultant (47 episodes, 1965-1966)
George Rutter .... script supervisor (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jameson Brewer .... script consultant (35 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Wilder .... story consultant / executive story consultant (16 episodes, 1965)
Mary Chaffee .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1965)

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Also Known As:
30 min (48 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Jason's horse was Domino.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in An Opera of Violence (2003) (V)See more »
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6 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Digby Sellers, 29 February 2008
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

The 48 half-hour episodes (13 in B&W, 35 in color) of the western "Branded" originally aired from 1965-66 on NBC. Although some sources (insert Walter Sobchak here) believe there were 156 episodes.

The premise was set out each week in the title song: "All but one man died, there at Bitter Creek, and they say he ran away.."Branded"..marked with the coward's shame. What do you do when you're "Branded", you fight for your name. He was innocent, not a charge was true, but the world would never know.."Branded"..scorned as the one who ran away. What do you do when you're "Branded" and you know you're a man? Wherever you go for the rest of your life you must prove you're a man."

The series was creator Larry Cohen's attempt to incorporate the themes of "They Came to Cordura" into an episodic format and to capitalize on Chuck Conners' fading "Rifleman" fame. Conners plays Army Captain Jason McCord (Gary Cooper's character in the film) who as the song says was the only man to survive an Indian attack at Bitter Creek, Wyoming. He was knocked out but the Army thinks he ran and hid (a smart move considering the alternative). So the Army dramatically strips him of rank and drums him out at the beginning of each episode.

Poor Jason is left to wander the west Caine-like (insert "Kung Fu" here) with the broken half of his saber. Like Richard Kimble he hopes to find someone who saw what actually happened at Bitter Creek who can clear his name. Unlike "The Fugitive" there is no wrap-up episode but the song has already revealed his innocence so there is no real loose end to worry about.

If this ponderous mess wasn't the worst television western of all time it is certainly in the running. This level of pompous nonsense would not be seen again until the early episodes of "Battlestar Galactica". As Mad Magazine liked to point out, each episode made you regret that Conners had not made it out of the minor leagues to become the Dodgers' first baseman.

"Branded" is one of the few television westerns that would be a good candidate for MST3K treatment. The bad writing has become legendary over the years and was satirically incorporated by the Coen brothers into "The Big Lebowski":

Walter (looking at his hero "Branded" writer Digby Sellers in an iron lung): "Does he still write? "

Pilar, Sellers' Housekeeper: "Oh no no, he has health problems".

Lebowski addicts looking for mock-fest laughs will not be disappointed by this DVD collection.

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

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