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Release Date:
6 February 1977 (USA) See more »
In 1865, the Macahans are heading west from Virginia to Oregon. Mrs. Kate Macahan is waiting with her children Laura... See more »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 29 of 32)

James Arness ... Zeb Macahan (3 episodes, 1977)

Eva Marie Saint ... Kate Macahan (3 episodes, 1977)

Bruce Boxleitner ... Luke Macahan (3 episodes, 1977)
Kathryn Holcomb ... Laura Macahan (3 episodes, 1977)
William Kirby Cullen ... Josh Macahan (3 episodes, 1977)
Vicki Schreck ... Jessie Macahan (3 episodes, 1977)

Anthony Zerbe ... Martin Grey (3 episodes, 1977)
Don Murray ... Anderson (3 episodes, 1977)
Brit Lind ... Erika Hanks (3 episodes, 1977)

Royal Dano ... Elam Hanks (3 episodes, 1977)

John Dehner ... Bishop Benjamin (3 episodes, 1977)
Richard Angarola ... Chief Claw (3 episodes, 1977)

David Huddleston ... Christy Judson (3 episodes, 1977)

Herman Poppe ... Jake Judson (3 episodes, 1977)
Sander Johnson ... Charlie Judson (3 episodes, 1977)
Robert Padilla ... Mountain-Is-Long (3 episodes, 1977)

Peter Hansen ... Major Drake (3 episodes, 1977)

Ned Wertimer ... Elias Kulp (3 episodes, 1977)

William Conrad ... Narrator (3 episodes, 1977)
John Lisbon Wood ... Willy Judson (2 episodes, 1977)

Jack Elam ... Cully Madigan (2 episodes, 1977)

Paul Fix ... Portagee (2 episodes, 1977)
Todd Lookinland ... Joshua Hanks (2 episodes, 1977)

Linda Redfearn ... Little Tree (2 episodes, 1977)
Geno Silva ... Red Hawk (2 episodes, 1977)
Guillermo San Juan ... Jeremiah (2 episodes, 1977)
John Pickard ... Colonel Caine (2 episodes, 1977)
Peggy Rea ... Mother Tice (2 episodes, 1977)
Mina Vasquez ... Round Pebble (2 episodes, 1977)

Series Directed by
Burt Kennedy (3 episodes, 1977)
Daniel Mann (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Writing credits
Ron Bishop (3 episodes, 1977)
Jim Byrnes (3 episodes, 1977)
William Kelley (3 episodes, 1977)
John Mantley (3 episodes, 1977)
Earl W. Wallace (3 episodes, 1977)

Series Produced by
Jeffrey Hayden .... producer (3 episodes, 1977)
John Mantley .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1977)
John G. Stephens .... producer (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Original Music by
Jerrold Immel (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Cinematography by
Jack Woolf (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Film Editing by
Henry Batista (3 episodes, 1977)
John A. Fegan Jr. (3 episodes, 1977)
William B. Gulick (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Casting by
Gary Shaffer (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Makeup Department
Al Fleming .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1977)
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1977)
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1977)
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Production Management
Kurt Neumann .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
William McGarry .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Art Department
Dean Wilson .... property master (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Sound Department
Barry Thomas .... sound (3 episodes, 1977)
Hal Watkins .... sound (3 episodes, 1977)

Ken Dufva .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Charles Schulthies .... special effects (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Stunts
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1977)

Russ Dodson .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Neil Summers .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Anderson .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Don E. FauntLeRoy .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chad Harwood .... wardrobe: men (3 episodes, 1977)
Yvonne Kubis .... wardrobe: women (3 episodes, 1977)
Ed Sunley .... wardrobe: men (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (3 episodes, 1977)
Joe Tuley .... music editor (3 episodes, 1977)
Series Transportation Department
Randy Peters .... driver (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Jim Byrnes .... developed for television by (3 episodes, 1977)
John Dutton .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1977)
Ron R. Kinsey .... co-operator: Soutwest Museum (3 episodes, 1977)
Richard Lundin .... lead wrangler (3 episodes, 1977)
Albert S. Ruddy .... developed for television by (3 episodes, 1977)

Tom Blomquist .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Sharon Thurgood .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Best of the "How the West Was Won" mini-series!, 14 October 2003
Author: AbeStreet from Willoughby, OH, USA

I remember watching this mini-series when it was first aired in the late 70's as a child. While I enjoyed the original tv movie THE MACAHAN'S" and the 78 & 79 mini-series which followed I still find the 77 mini-series to be the best one. I used to get goosebumps when I would hear the opening title song accompanied by William (Cannon) Conrad's narration.

First there is Zeb Macahan, a huge mountain man that does things as he sees fit. If it means standing against the Union Army or taking the law into his own hands he has got to be the coolest character on the show. I also was saddened when Zeb had to kill his trapper friend Cully Madigan to prevent him from being slain by Indians. I think my favorite line in the series comes from Zeb during the final moments of the series when Grey the bounty hunter is trying to take Luke to jail. Zeb, while under gun point by Grey, turns to him and says "Grey, I'm gonna lay hands on you and then it's gonna be all over!!" Nothing fazed this man.

Secondly I enjoyed the romance between Luke Macahan and Erika Hanks, the young lady that helped heal Luke's gunshot wound and hide him form his various pursuers. It unfolds in a believable way and the fate of their relationship will have the viewer near tears.

Lastly, the sets were all well done. It appears that most if not all the scenes were shot on location and not some studio back lot. I can only imagine what a visual treat it must have been like to work on the production of this mini-series.

I was luck enough to tape this series during the late 80's and still enjoy watching it at least once a year. Hopefully this mini-series and the other HTWWW series will find their way to DVD soon!!

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