While this sounds like a western, THE SHERIFF OF COCHISE was a contemporary police drama set in Cochise County, AZ. Stories seemed to be strangely similar to HIGHWAY PATROL, emphasizing ...
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A late entry in the television Western boom of the late 1950s. Shotgun Slade was unlike other show heroes. He wasn't a Marshal, Sheriff, or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private ... See full summary »
While this sounds like a western, THE SHERIFF OF COCHISE was a contemporary police drama set in Cochise County, AZ. Stories seemed to be strangely similar to HIGHWAY PATROL, emphasizing fistfights and car chases rather than gunplay. Tough Sheriff Frank Morgan was eventually promoted to U.S. Marshall and given the entire state of Arizona to keep under control (the series title would subsequently change to U.S. MARSHAL and remain in syndication until 1960). Singer Stan Jones was the series creator but departed the show in 1958. A total of 156 episodes were produced under both titles.Written by
This series ended when the title character accepted the position of U.S. Marshal based in Yuma, AZ. The series was then called U.S. Marshal (1958) and ran from 1958-60. The title character in both series was played by John Bromfield, who retired shortly after the end of "U.S. Marshal" to become a full-time commercial fisherman based out of Newport Beach, CA. See more »
The 2 DVD discs that I own contain 20 episodes from The Sheriff of Conchise (circa 1956). Apparently (during its entire 2-year run) there were a total of 78 episodes in all.
Filmed in b&w - This entertaining TV series centred around the day-to-day work activities of the no-nonsense lawman, Sheriff Frank Morgan.
To be sure - Morgan was certainly a diligent law-enforcer who had his hands full, doing his best to bring law & order to the deceptively peaceful county of Conchise, Arizona. In this otherwise quiet desert locale - There seemed to be criminal shenanigans lurking under every rock and behind every cactus.
For the most part - I enjoyed these 30-minute episodes. They were all well-produced. The scripts were tight and straight to the point. The stories were quite believable. And the actors and guest stars all put in very convincing performances.
All-in-all - I would gladly recommend this TV series to anyone who enjoys watching vintage, 1950's TV programs where a decidedly Western/Macho Man atmosphere prevails throughout.
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