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11 September 1973 (USA) See more »
A stage and a wagon heading west get separated from the rest of the wagon train thanks to Dusty. Now they must make their way to California.
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Sherwood Schwartz obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 15 July 2011, 4:23 AM, PDT)

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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 9)

Bob Denver ... Dusty (26 episodes, 1973-1974)

Forrest Tucker ... Mr. Callahan (26 episodes, 1973-1974)

Ivor Francis ... Mr. Carson Brookhaven (26 episodes, 1973-1974)

Jeannine Riley ... Lulu McQueen (26 episodes, 1973-1974)

Lori Saunders ... Betsy (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Lynn Wood ... Mrs. Brookhaven (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
William Cort ... Andy (26 episodes, 1973-1974)

Series Directed by
Bruce Bilson (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jack Arnold (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Russ Mayberry (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Richard Michaels (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Leslie H. Martinson (2 episodes, 1973)
Oscar Rudolph (2 episodes, 1973)
Series Writing credits
Elroy Schwartz (27 episodes, 1973-1974)
Sherwood Schwartz (27 episodes, 1973-1974)
Austin Kalish (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
Irma Kalish (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Fenton Murray (2 episodes, 1973)
Larry Rhine (2 episodes, 1973)
Al Schwartz (2 episodes, 1973)

Series Produced by
Sherwood Schwartz .... executive producer (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Elroy Schwartz .... producer (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Original Music by
Frank De Vol (25 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jack Pleis (25 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Cinematography by
Alan Stensvold (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Film Editing by
Larry Heath (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
John B. Woelz (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Casting by
Brenda Little-Goldstein (15 episodes, 1973-1974)
Eddie Foy III (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Art Direction by
Rodger Maus (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Set Decoration by
Robert Gould (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Makeup Department
Gerry Leetch .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Production Management
Gary S. Gerlich .... post-production supervisor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Joe Wonder .... production manager (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Jones .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Art Department
Ron Greenwood .... props (9 episodes, 1973)
C. Randall Berkeley .... property master (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound mixer (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Paul Laune .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Robert J. Litt .... recording supervisor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts (27 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Goldenhar .... chief electrician (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Charles La Rocca .... key grip (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Casting Department
Brenda Little-Goldstein .... casting associate (2 episodes, 1973)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Brown .... costumer (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Music Department
Ross Schwartz .... composer: theme music (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Sherwood Schwartz .... composer: theme music (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Mel Street .... singer: theme music (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
John Mick .... music editor / music mixer (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Series Other crew
Charles W. Fries .... executive vice president in charge of production (26 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jane Ficker .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Elliot Friedgen .... production administrator (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Willis Grant .... creative affairs executive (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bruce Howard .... script consultant (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Arthur Stolnitz .... production executive (8 episodes, 1973-1974)

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22 min (26 episodes)
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Created by Sherwood Schwartz, it has been said that the show's early failure was due to the fact that it was too similar to Bob Denver's earlier series "Gilligan's Island" (1964), also created by Schwartz. Denver plays a character very similar to that of Gilligan. In addition, there is a wagon train leader (similar to the Skipper), the Brookhavens, a rich couple (the Howells), Lulu, a saloon entertainer (Ginger), Betsy, a sweet young girl traveling alone (Mary Ann), and Andy, a bright young man who easily figures things out (the Professor). With "Gilligan's Island" in constant reruns, people preferred to tune in to that series rather than this one.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the show with the tornado coming towards the wagon train, it was quite obvious that someone superimposed a hand drawn, scribbled sketch of a tornado over the finished film. Has to be the worst replica of a tornado in television history!See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
It's Bad, 8 September 2006
Author: H Lime-2 from Hicksville, NY

As others have noted, this is a cheap rip-off of Gilligan's Island. Now, ripping off Gilligan's Island isn't such a bad idea given the popularity of that show but you would think that the creators of Dusty would have used at least a little creativity. Maybe replace the bickering rich couple with a pair of bickering trapeze artists! Or replace the innocent Iowa farm girl with an innocent Bulgarian farm girl who doesn't speak English! But no, this is a paint-by-numbers re-run of Gilligan which is shot through with cheap opportunism & cheaper production values.

The one thing the show had going for it was that it aired at an odd time, just before the networks prime time began. So if you wanted a sitcom at 7:30 on (I think) Friday night Dusty was your only choice. It's indicative of how bad the show was that it failed almost immediately in spite of that. I saw every episode when it first ran & that's the main reason I did so.

I have an especial animus for this show because the theme song has been imprinted on my memory ever since the show aired:

"Dusty's the reason for their plight; Thanks to Dusty, nothing's right! Only the Wagonmaster's hand; Can keep them a-rollin' to the promised land!", etc.

Maybe electro-shock therapy can get rid of it.

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