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It was nominated for an Emmy,but it was very short-lived
raysond18 December 2008
DIRTY SALLY was a far cry from the traditional violent western. Sally Fergus(Jeannette Nolan)was a hard drinking crusty old lady who was traveling west(from Kansas)to the California gold fields in a wagon pulled by her faithful mule,Worthless. Her traveling companion was Cyrus Pike(Dack Rambo)a young ex-gunfighter who accompanies Sally to California. The plot centers on the two being detained in their trip,not to mention met with constant frustration from Sally,who get herself involved in the lives of almost everyone they met along the way,and Sally's frequent meddling into the lives of the people they encounter along the trail from Kansas to California.

DIRTY SALLY was the spin off to CBS'"Gunsmoke",which was still on the air when this series began. It was a western mixed with drama and humor. Of the 13 episodes that this series produced,it was very short-lived. It was quickly cancelled by CBS,though Nolan was nominated for a prime-time Emmy as "Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series". DIRTY SALLY ran for half-hour in prime time for CBS from January 11,1974 until April 5,1974. However,the CBS continued this series in repeated episodes until August 9,1974.

While "Gunsmoke" was on Monday nights,"Dirty Sally" ran on Friday nights. The show was place in the 8:30p.m./EST time slot opposite ABC's "The Odd Couple" and NBC's powerhouse comedy hit "Sanford and Son",which clobbered it in the ratings. "Dirty Sally" preceded The CBS Friday Night Movie. It followed the cancelled military comedy "Roll Out!" which occupied that time slot for the first 12 weeks of the 1973-1974 season. When "Dirty Sally" was cancelled by CBS,the show that replaced it was the action-adventure short lived series "Planet of the Apes" which moved into that same time slot for the 1974-1975 season.

Nolan and Rambo first appeared in their roles in the Gunsmoke episode called "Pike" in 1973. The storyline had Nolan nursing a wounded Rambo back to health. His partners in a robbery were searching for him. In the series the two headed off for California,as Nolan's character of Sally begins to view Rambo as the son that she never had. Nolan had also appeared in a 1972 episode of Gunsmoke which introduced the character of Dirty Sally as something of a junk collector in the Old West,loathed by many townspeople of Dodge City but liked by the Gunsmoke cast which included Marshal Dillon,Miss Kitty,Doc Adams and Festus. The executive producer of this series was John Mantley along with Leonard Katzman who served as producer and writer along with James Arness. Interesting note: Actor Denver Pyle(who would later on played Uncle Jesse in The Dukes of Hazzard),was one of the writers for this show as well as doing directorial duties.
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About Five or Six Years Too Late in Coming
dsnyder122 June 2013
The lead character reminded me of a great aunt of mine.Sally's voice & mannerisms were just like hers.My aunt also dipped snuff.This was sort of a Western Route 66,Sally & Cyrus were headed for California & stopped along the way to help others.If this show had been on the air any time up to about the late '60's it would probably have been a hit.By 1974,the Western was fading off the small screen,which was the reason for Dirty Sally not catching on.It had very good writing,acting,& story lines with a mixture of drama & humor.One of the best half season wonders in the history of television.Two top notch actors who were in the lead & supporting roles are no longer with us.RIP Dack Rambo & Jeanette Nolan.
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need help
smore-6568619 November 2016
Warning: Spoilers
Is is possible to purchase DVD or VHS of Dirty Sally episodes? My 85 year old mother has been talking about Dirty Sally constantly the past several months. I would love to give her a set for Christmas. This was one of her favorite old time TV series. She keeps talking about Sally always saying she has "Peacheeese in the cellar" and ham in the smoke house. While I don't remember the series, I am sure this would bring her such joy. To reminisce about this favorite series. Please let me know if there is ANYWHERE that these may be available for purchase. This would definitely make her day.I have searched the internet for several days now trying to find this information This is my last hope to try and obtain this Christmas surprise.
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