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Boots and Saddles 

Captain Shanks Adams is in charge of the real Ft. Lowell in this syndicated fictional series. Set in the dangerous Arizona territory, Adams combats all sorts of trials assisted by his scout Luke Cummings and Lt. Binning.
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1958   1957   Unknown  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
John Pickard ...  Capt. Shank Adams 38 episodes, 1957-1958
Dave Willock ...  Lt. Binning 38 episodes, 1957-1958
Michael Hinn Michael Hinn ...  Luke Cummings, Scout / ... 38 episodes, 1957-1958
John Alderson John Alderson ...  Sgt. Bullock 37 episodes, 1957-1958
Gardner McKay ...  Lt. Dan Kelly 35 episodes, 1957-1958
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ...  Lt. Col. Wesley Hayes 34 episodes, 1957-1958
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Captain Shanks Adams is in charge of the real Ft. Lowell in this syndicated fictional series. Set in the dangerous Arizona territory, Adams combats all sorts of trials assisted by his scout Luke Cummings and Lt. Binning.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of the Fifth Cavalry See more »

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Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The series title, "Boots and Saddles", refers to a bugle call sounded for cavalry to mount their horses and get in formation. It was adopted by the United States Army in the 1840s. See more »

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From the opening notes of the theme song the show as magic.
13 January 2006 | by mhall-17See all my reviews

From the opening lines of the theme song (a ghostly, echoing bugle version of "Boots and Saddles") the show kept its implied promise by evoking the gritty loneliness, danger and drama of life on a frontier army post. The cast-from Captain Shank Adams (West Point class of '73) through the gruff (but decent) Sgt. Bullock and the comical Private Hatfield and his fellow private buddy (whose name escapes me)- formed an army family not equaled until the advent of "Mash" in the 1970s.

My personal favorite among the episodes was the one in which Capt. Adams was wounded and a rancher (who had once been an officer in the Prussian army) took over command. Another episode, about a wounded trooper with a pathological jealousy about his wife, showed psychological depth. Somehow the show was able to step deftly from comedy to pathos to epic adventure in a bare half hour. It gave some of the satisfaction one could derive from John Ford's cavalry trilogy (at a much more modest budget). The theme music was always effective in matching the mood of the material.


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