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"Alias Smith and Jones" (1971) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1971-1973

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Alias Smith and Jones: Season 2: Episode 23 -- While trying to avoid a bounty hunter, Heyes and Curry are conned into helping their old friend Georgette Sinclair.
Alias Smith and Jones: Season 2: Episode 22 -- Heyes and Curry declare war on the ruthless woman who had them beaten and thrown out of King City.
Alias Smith and Jones: Season 2: Episode 21 -- Heyes and Curry lose a borrowed necklace valued at $50,000.
Alias Smith and Jones: Season 2: Episode 20 -- Heyes and Curry are hired by a rich rancher to prove him innocent of a murder charge.
Alias Smith and Jones: Season 2: Episode 19 -- Heyes deposits $200,000 in counterfeit money in the bank to assure his invitation to a high-stakes poker game.

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
21 January 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular... See more »
User Reviews:
Could Pete Duel Have Saved the TV Western? See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Ben Murphy ... Jed 'Kid' Curry (alias Thaddeus Jones) (50 episodes, 1971-1973)

Roger Davis ... Narrator / ... (48 episodes, 1971-1973)

Pete Duel ... Hannibal Heyes (alias Joshua Smith) (33 episodes, 1971-1972)
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Series Directed by
Jeffrey Hayden (8 episodes, 1971-1973)
Alexander Singer (8 episodes, 1971-1972)
Jack Arnold (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
Barry Shear (5 episodes, 1971)
Richard Benedict (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Fernando Lamas (2 episodes, 1971)
Gene Levitt (2 episodes, 1971)
Richard C. Bennett (2 episodes, 1972)
Jeff Corey (2 episodes, 1972)

Bruce Wilson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Glen A. Larson (50 episodes, 1971-1973)
Roy Huggins (44 episodes, 1971-1973)
Dick Nelson (8 episodes, 1971-1972)
Nicholas E. Baehr (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
Robert Hamner (3 episodes, 1971)
William D. Gordon (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
David Moessinger (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
Howard Browne (2 episodes, 1971)
Gloryette Clark (2 episodes, 1972)

Jo Swerling Jr. (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Roy Huggins .... executive producer (49 episodes, 1971-1973)
Jo Swerling Jr. .... associate executive producer / producer (42 episodes, 1971-1973)
Glen A. Larson .... producer (38 episodes, 1971-1972)
Steve Heilpern .... associate producer (34 episodes, 1971-1973)
Nicholas E. Baehr .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1971-1972)
 
Series Original Music by
John Andrew Tartaglia (30 episodes, 1971-1973)
Pete Rugolo (8 episodes, 1971-1972)
Robert Prince (3 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Cinematography by
Gene Polito (24 episodes, 1971-1973)
William Cronjager (17 episodes, 1971-1972)
John M. Stephens (9 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Film Editing by
John J. Dumas (12 episodes, 1971-1973)
Albert J.J. Zúñiga (12 episodes, 1971-1972)
Richard Bracken (9 episodes, 1971-1972)
Gloryette Clark (8 episodes, 1971-1972)
Thomas McMullen (3 episodes, 1972)
Bob Kagey (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Art Direction by
Phillip Bennett (34 episodes, 1971-1973)
Robert Emmet Smith (12 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Bert Allen (35 episodes, 1971-1973)
Joseph J. Stone (12 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Costume Design by
Grady Hunt (1 episode, 1971)
 
Series Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1971)
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1971)
 
Series Production Management
Carl Beringer .... unit manager (21 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ben Bishop .... unit manager (14 episodes, 1971)
Bud Brill .... unit manager (10 episodes, 1971)
Burt Astor .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Gaudioso .... assistant director (19 episodes, 1971-1972)
G. Warren Smith .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1971-1972)
Richard C. Bennett .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1971-1973)
Jack Doran .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1971)
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (22 episodes, 1971-1972)
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound (21 episodes, 1971-1973)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (3 episodes, 1971)
Edwin S. Hall .... sound (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (4 episodes, 1972-1973)

Steven Burnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
William H. Burton .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bill Raymond .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Mathias .... best boy: Electric (13 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (14 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (50 episodes, 1971-1973)

Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Billy Goldenberg .... composer: theme music (49 episodes, 1971-1973)
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (12 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Other crew
Nicholas E. Baehr .... executive story consultant (12 episodes, 1972-1973)
Arthur E. McLaird .... assistant: producer / assistant to producer (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
 

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60 min (50 episodes)
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Trivia:
The tragic death of series star Pete Duel on December 31, 1971 was not acknowledged by ABC when the next episode aired as scheduled on Thursday January 6, 1972.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the entire show, Heyes and Curry have either one pair of saddlebags each, or nothing at all, yet they continually appear in different recurring outfits, including heavy coats, suits (with matching hats), and different vest/jacket combinations.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines for first season's episodes]
[narrator speaks over scenes of Heyes and Curry committing various robberies]
Narrator:Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry - the two most successful outlaws in the history of the West. And in all the trains and banks they robbed, they never shot anyone. This made our two latter-day Robin Hoods very popular - with everyone but the railroads and the banks.
[cut to scene of posse in hot pursuit of Heyes and Curry]
Jed 'Kid' Curry:There's one we thing we gotta get, Heyes.
Hannibal Heyes:What's that?
Jed 'Kid' Curry:Out of this business!
[cut to meeting between Heyes, Curry and Sheriff Trevors]
Sheriff Lom Trevors:The governor can't come flat out and give you amnesty now. First you have to prove you deserve it.
Hannibal Heyes:Ah. So all we have to do is just stay out of trouble till the governor figures we deserve amnesty.
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Could Pete Duel Have Saved the TV Western?, 9 July 2007
Author: P_Cornelius

I'll always wonder: had he lived, could Pete Duel have rescued the TV Western from oblivion? Gunsmoke and Bonanza, the hoary old legends of the genre, already were teetering on their ancient last legs, with but a few more seasons to be squeezed out of them, when, out of the blue, as I remember it, came Alias Smith and Jones, whose fresh and jokey episodes became pretty wildly popular, especially with young people (that would be the likes of *me*, as I was 16 at the time). Alas, as others have already noted, Pete Duel committed suicide just as the series was hitting its stride. (The story of Duel's death made headlines across the country in a way contemporary viewers of TV dramas cannot imagine.) Roger Davis came in as a replacement and the series slid right downhill immediately thereafter--although I did like the episodes with Michele Lee. At any rate, about the only TV Western afterward to generate anything similar to Alias Smith and Jones' excitement was Kung Fu. Sidenote: James Garner's marvelous, and utterly forgotten series, Nichols, should have been the next great Western after Alias . . .

What made Alias Smith and Jones tick? I always thought it was a sleek updating of what had already been a semi-comic TV Western success a few years earlier, Maverick. In fact, you can spot touches of the Bret Maverick characterization in both Heyes and Curry, along with some similar story lines and plot developments. Not to mention the lifting of the "five pat hands" trick, which Bret Maverick employed more than once. All of which should not be too much of a surprise, however, as Roy Huggins was instrumental to both series.

Otherwise, watch out for the handful of episodes with Slim Pickens. "Exit from Wickenburg", the one where Slim works as the crooked bartender of a saloon/casino, is a masterpiece. It just wouldn't be a proper 1960s Western without Slim popping up every now and then.

What a pity that Pete Duel succumbed to his demons. What a loss for network TV, the Western, and the many fans of Alias Smith and Jones. Who knows what could have been . . . .

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