Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Rebel (1960)

White America has long been tone deaf in owning up to its history of enslaving and later disenfranchising African-Americans, a fact as true today as it was 55 years ago when ABC debuted its post-Civil War western "The Rebel." The series came to life only because of the tenacity of actor Nick Adams, who persuaded producer Andrew J. Fenady at a cocktail party, according to a cover story in the August 13, 1960 edition of TV Guide, to develop a series that he could star in since all of his film roles to that point had been supporting ones and Adams desperately wanted to be a star. Adams had settled on an acting career after growing up poor In Jersey City, the son of a former Pennsylvania coal miner, because he wanted to "be somebody," rejecting his father's advice to learn a trade because he wanted to make "a lot of money." According to the TV Guide account, it was Adams who pitched the general concept of the series to Fenady, but it isn't clear why he settled on portraying a former Confederate soldier who wanders the southwest ostensibly searching for a place to settle down without any clear idea of where or what that would be. Where Adams got his affinity for the Old South is equally puzzling since he grew up in the north, but he appears to have relished or at least embraced the underdog, outsider role, perhaps because of his poor upbringing and the fact that he didn't have the height or the good looks to be a Hollywood leading man. It's also extremely ironic that Adams appeared with James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and became best friends with the actor until his untimely death in1955, after which he befriended Elvis Presley during the filming of Love Me Tender, a Civil War period piece. Adams also named his only son Jeb Stuart Adams after the famous general who was considered the knight errant of the Confederacy. Adams' apparent fondness for the Confederacy as some sort of noble lost cause seems as clueless as his idea early on that he could simply show up at a theatre and audition without any prior theatrical training, another true anecdote mentioned in the TV Guide article.

Fenady, in an interview for Boyd Magers' Western Clippings web site, says that he saw Adams' character Johnny Yuma as a kind of Jack London out west, an aspiring writer who had to live the adventures he would later write about. And the Yuma character does keep a journal in which we see him writing during perhaps half the episodes. Fenady saw this angle as unique amongst the current crop of westerns, but it isn't far removed from the newspaper stories being written by narrator and newspaper publisher Harris Claibourne of Tombstone Territory crossed with any of a number of wandering knights errant in series such as Cheyenne, Bronco, The Texan, and Sugarfoot. The series is also like Bronco in chronicling a hero who served in the Confederate Army, and like Bronco it never even so much as mentions the primary cause of the Civil War--slavery. 

Johnny Yuma's backstory is perhaps intentionally murky. The titular pilot episode "Johnny Yuma" (October 4, 1959) begins two years after the War's end with Yuma returning to his hometown of Mason City. Why he took two years to return home isn't explained and neither is his decision to join the Confederate Army, though there is a vague reference to his wanting to get away from home during a troublesome time, a suggestion that perhaps he did not get along with his father. But it is his father's honor that he has to restore in this episode. His father was the lawman of the town but was shot down by a gang who have since taken over the town. His aunt and her timid husband offer no resistance to the gang, so it is up to Yuma to confront and kill them. Afterward he has no sense of peace and feeling of home for a town that wouldn't come to his father's aid, so he sets out on his adventures not sure where he is going or what he is seeking but is encouraged to keep a journal of his affairs by the local newspaper publisher Elmer Dodson. He returns to Mason City and we find him working as a press operator for Dodson in the episode "The Bequest" (September 25, 1960), though why he came back and how long he has been there are not explained. He stays just long enough to try to help a simple-minded friend Jeremy Hake, who goes berserk when he learns his daughter needs an operation he can't afford and ends up shooting and killing a stagecoach driver in a failed attempt to rob the stage to pay for her operation. When Hake disappears but then returns late one night to seek Yuma's help, Yuma does his best but has to fend off two greedy bounty hunters eager to claim the reward on Hake's head. Hake urges Yuma to turn him in and then forward the reward money to his wife for his daughter's operation but winds up getting shot by the bounty hunters, who are then gunned down by Yuma. The citizens of Mason City assume that when Yuma collects the reward money that he has betrayed his friend Hake to enrich himself, though Dodson eventually learns the truth. But rather than allowing the newspaper publisher to print what really happened, he turns his fellow citizens' ignorance into an excuse to leave town again as the misunderstood hero.

This sense of misplaced southern martyrdom is shown elsewhere in the series as well. In "Noblesse Oblige" (February 14, 1960) southern belle Cassandra Bannister complains to Yuma that she is also a casualty of the war because the number of young Confederate soldiers killed has reduced the pool of potential suitors. She isn't helped by her overly proud father who shoots her lover because he considers the suitor beneath their exalted station. In "The Death of Gray" (January 3, 1960) former Confederate officer Col. Charles Morris tells Yuma he can't even bear to return to the South to see its destruction after the War, so instead he teams up with a band of cut-throat marauders who steal from and kill innocent ranchers, though by episode's end a banker's daughter's kidnapping gone awry convinces him of the error of his ways and he agrees to turn himself in.

But besides portraying the defeated South as somehow deserving of pity, the series whitewashes their role in fighting for slavery. Like other westerns of the era, racial prejudice can never be depicted as being whites discriminating against blacks. Instead, the Chinese are inserted in their place, as in the episode "Blind Marriage" (April 17, 1960) in which white stagecoach passengers refuse to ride in the same coach with Chinese immigrants. When slavery is shown, it is of the white-on-white variety shown in "The Captive of Tremblor" (April 10, 1960) in which town patriarch Jethro Gain imprisons the town physician Dr. Sam Bates against his will after paying for his medical training in a vain attempt to save his ailing wife. After his wife dies, Gain keeps Bates locked up in jail so that he can't leave town until he has paid back his debt. Even Confederate-related shame is smoothed over in "The Unwanted" (January 31, 1960) when the father of a Confederate soldier from a Union town digs up unmarked graves in the search for his dead son's remains so that he can rebury the boy in the Union cemetery and hide the fact that his son fought for the South. At first citizens like Jake Rollins, whose Union soldier son rests in the cemetery, think the old man is a despicable grave robber, but after they learn his true motivations, Yuma asks Rollins if it is so wrong to die for something you so firmly believe in. The sensible answer is that if you believe in slavery, then of course it is wrong to die defending it, but in the sentimental world of The Rebel Rollins instead replies that after seeing Yuma go to great lengths to help an old man he doesn't even know and from whom he can expect no reward, then he would have no problem being buried next to him. And then there's the inexplicable line from "The Hope Chest" (December 25, 1960) when Yuma is offered $200 if he will marry an old man's daughter, which Yuma declines and remarks, "I just don't think anybody has the right to sell a human life." Spoken like a page from the Confederate apologist's playbook: the Civil War was not fought over the issue of slavery. Denial couldn't be painted in any starker terms.

The theme song for The Rebel  was composed by Richard Markowitz with lyrics by Fenady and was sung by country music icon Johnny Cash. Richard Allen Markowitz was born in Santa Monica, California and in high school led a big band called Dick Allen and the Teenagers. He served in the military during World War II and then studied music in Paris under Arnold Schoenberg and Arthur Honegger. His career in film and TV composing didn't get started until 1958 when he scored the feature Stakeout on Dope Street, which was produced by Fenady and directed by Rebel director  Irvin Kershner. His other late 50s work continued in the teen exploitation genre: The Hot Angel, The Young Captives, Roadracers, and Operation Dames, all from 1958-59. While his work on The Rebel opened up other TV opportunities, such as Philip Marlowe, Dr. Kildare, and Ben Casey, he also continued working on feature films such as Hoodlum Priest, The Magic Sword, and Bus Riley's Back in Town, as well as TV movies like The Scalplock, which was later adapted into the TV series The Iron Horse. Perhaps his breakout work was the theme and scores for the first two seasons of The Wild, Wild West. From there he found steady work on many TV series into the early 1990s, most notably on The F.B.I. (16 episodes), Police Story (34 episodes), and Murder, She Wrote (71 episodes). His daughter Kate had a platinum-selling single in Germany in the 1990s under the name of Kate Yanai (her mother's maiden name). He died December 6, 1994 at age 68.

The complete series has been released on DVD by Timeless Media Group.

The Actors

Nick Adams

Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, the son of a Ukranian immigrant coal miner. When Adams was 5 years old, his uncle was killed in a mining accident, so his father moved the family as far away as his money would take them, which turned out to be Jersey City, New Jersey. His father found work as a janitor, and his mother worked for Western Electric. At the age of 17 Adams decided he wanted to be an actor but was so naive that, with no prior training, he showed up at a New York theater where The Silver Tassie was holding auditions. By chance he there met actor Jack Palance, and when Palance discovered that they both came from Ukranian-immigrant Pennsylvania coal-mining backgrounds, he steered Adams to a junior theater production of Tom Sawyer in which Adams was cast as Muff Potter. After a year of acting for no pay in New York, Adams hitch-hiked to Los Angeles and worked a number of odd jobs, from which he typically got fired, but also acted in a Las Palmas Theater production and filled in for Pearl Bailey once at the Mocambo nightclub. He finally landed an uncredited part in 1952's Somebody Loves Me, but his bigger break came after joining the Coast Guard and docking in Long Beach where John Ford was casting for the film version of Mister Roberts. Adams showed up at an audition in uniform and did impressions of James Cagney and other celebrities, ending with an impression of Morse code that spelled out "Give the kid a break." Ford was impressed enough to give Adams a small supporting part. The next year he landed supporting roles in box office smashes Picnic and Rebel Without a Cause, where he met and befriended James Dean. After Dean's tragic death, Adams attempted to exploit his connection with the star in order to further his own career, claiming he was being stalked by a female Dean fan and posing for photos at Dean's grave. It wasn't long before he met and became close friends with Elvis Presley. Presley biographer Elaine Dundy spoke ill of Adams as an actor "whose main scheme to further his career was to hitch his wagon to a star." Adams continued getting decent supporting roles, the best being alongside Andy Griffith in No Time for Sergeants, but he appeared to be frustrated by the lack of leading roles, which was his main impetus in persuading Fenady to develop The Rebel.

After The Rebel was canceled at the end of its second season, he appeared in the Steve McQueen war feature Hell Is for Heroes and then landed another TV lead as reporter Nick Alexander on Saints and Sinners, which ran only 18 episodes in 1962-63. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Twilight of Honor in 1963, though one account says that the nomination was the result of a hefty dose of self-promotion. He thereafter found occasional guest spots on several TV shows, including 5 appearances on Burke's Law between 1963 and 1965, but in the latter half of the decade he was reduced to B movie fare such as Frankenstein Conquers the World and Invasion of Astro-Monster. A friend of Robert Conrad, he appeared in two episodes of The Wild, Wild West as well as Combat! and Hondo. But after suffering a career downturn and while going through a pending divorce from his wife Carol Nugent, Adams died of a prescription drug overdose on February 7, 1968 at the age of 36. Fenady believes his death was accidental, that he was too invested in his children to have committed suicide. But Adams' daughter Allyson has floated the possibility of foul play when she claimed that some of his personal belongings, such as a bronzed replica of his cap from The Rebel, were missing after his death. However, amongst his surviving effects was a manuscript of his days with Presley, which she published under the title The Rebel and the King in 2014.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 1, Episode 13, "The Death of Gray": Harry Townes (starred in The Brothers Karamazov, Screaming Mimi, and Sanctuary) plays former Confederate officer Col. Charles Morris. Johnny Cash (shown on the left, iconic country singer known as The Man in Black) plays marauder Pratt. Sandra Knight (ex-wife of Jack Nicholson, appeared in Frankenstein's Daughter, Thunder Road, and Blood Bath) plays a banker's daughter.
Season 1, Episode 14, "Angry Town": Jack Elam (Deputy J.D. Smith on The Dakotas, George Taggart on Temple Houston, Zack Wheeler on The Texas Wheelers, and Uncle Alvin Stevenson on Easy Street) plays a small-town lawyer. Perry Cook (Barney Udall on Hunter) plays town deputy Leach. Ron Soble (Dirty Jim on The Monroes) plays dead sheriff's brother Flint.
Season 1, Episode 15, "Gold Seeker": John Sutton (appeared in Jane Eyre, The Three Musketeers(1948), and The Return of the Fly) plays the unnamed gold seeker.
Season 1, Episode 16, "Glory": Marie Windsor (shown on the right, starred in Outpost in Morocco, Dakota Lil, Cat-Women of the Moon, Swamp Women, and The Day Mars Invaded Earth) plays jealous sister Emma Longdon. William Bryant (McCall on Combat!, President Ulysses S. Grant on Branded, Col. Crook on Hondo, Lt. Shilton on Switch, and the Director on The Fall Guy) plays her brother Don. Nick Dennis (starred in A Streetcar Named Desire, East of Eden, and Kiss Me Deadly and played Nick Kanavaras on Ben Casey and Constantine on Kojak) plays stable owner Al Johnson. John Mitchum (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Riverboat) plays brawler Sam.

Season 1, Episode 17, "The Unwanted": Trevor Bardette (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays dead soldier's father Sam Amister. Gregory Irvin (Johnny Brady on Dennis the Menace) plays his grandson. Carleton Young (starred in Dick Tracy (1937), The Brigand, Thunderhead - Son of Flicka, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and played Harry Steeger on The Court of Last Resort) plays Perdition Sheriff John Peeples. Buck Young (Deputy Buck Johnson on U.S. Marshal and Sergeant Whipple on Gomer Pyle: USMC) plays Amister antagonist Salvo. Joseph V. Perry (Nemo  on Everybody Loves Raymond) plays blacksmith customer Brad Evans. Vinton Hayworth (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Lawman) plays physician Dr. Elliott.
Season 1, Episode 18, "The Crime": Walter Sande (appeared in To Have and Have Not, A Place in the Sun, and Bad Day at Black Rock and played Capt. Horatio Bullwinkle on The Adventures of Tugboat Annie and Papa Holstrum on The Farmer's Daughter) plays Mexican Hat Sheriff Amos Cannon. Richard Devon (Jody Barker on Yancy Derringer) plays his deputy Clyde Vollmer.
Season 1, Episode 19, "Noblesse Oblige": Kenneth Tobey (starred in Angel Face, The Thing From Another World, and It Came From Beneath the Sea and played Chuck Martin on Whirleybirds and Russ Conway on I Spy) plays Yuma's former commanding officer Quincy Bannister. Robert Vaughn (shown on the right, starred in Teenage Cave Man, The Magnificent Seven, The Towering Inferno, and Bullitt and played Capt. Ray Rambridge on The Lieutenant, Napoleon Solo on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Harry Rule on The Protectors, Harlan Adams on Emerald Point N.A.S., Gen. Hunt Stockwell on The A-Team, and Albert Stroller on Hustle) plays his brother Asa. Gail Russell (starred in The Uninvited, Calcutta, and Angel and the Badman) plays his sister Cassandra.
Season 1, Episode 20, "Land": Ralph Moody (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Rifleman) plays Nebraska Judge Parks. Ross Elliott (Freddie the director on The Jack Benny Program and Sheriff Abbott on The Virginian) plays physician Dr. Mac. Charles Maxwell (Special Agent Joe Carey on I Led 3 Lives and the voice of the radio announcer on Gilligan's Island) plays gunman Joe Falton.
Season 1, Episode 21, "He's Only a Boy": Robert Blake (shown on the left, played Mickey in over 30 Our Gang shorts and Little Beaver in 23 westerns, starred in Black Rose, Pork Chop Hill, The Purple Gang, In Cold Blood, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, and Electra Glide in Blue, and played Det. Tony Baretta on Baretta and Father Noah Rivers on Hell Town) plays young gun Virgil Moss. Donald Woods (John Brent on Tammy and Craig Kennedy on Kennedy, Criminologist) plays his father Sam. Paul Picerni (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Untouchables) plays hotel clerk Clee.
Season 1, Episode 22, "Take Dead Aim": Edgar Barrier (appeared in Phantom of the Opera (1943), Adventures in Silverado, Macbeth (1948), and Snow White and the Three Stooges and played Don Cornelio Esperon on Zorro) plays trick-shooter The Great Bianco. Mala Powers (starred in Cyrano de Bergerac, Rose of Cimarron, and Tammy and the Bachelor and played Rebecca Boone on Walt Disney's Daniel Boone and Mona on Hazel) plays his wife Cassie.
Season 1, Episode 23, "The Rattler": Martha Vickers (starred in The Big Sleep, Ruthless, and Alimony and was Mickey Rooney's third wife and mother of Teddy Rooney) plays marshal's wife Bess Weed. Richard Jaeckel (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1961 post on Frontier Circus) plays hired hand Roader.
Season 1, Episode 24, "You Steal My Eyes": Cathy O'Donnell (starred in The Best Years of Our Lives, They Live by Night, Detective Story, The Man From Laramie, The Deerslayer, and Ben-Hur) plays blind trapper's daughter Prudence Gant. William Bryant (see "Glory" above) plays gang leader Hump.
Season 1, Episode 25, "Fair Game": Patricia Medina (Margarita Cortazar on Zorro) plays accused murderess Cynthia Kenyon. James Drury (The Virginian on The Virginian and Captain Spike Ryerson on Firehouse) plays her accomplice Bert Pace. Stacy Harris (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays drummer Cramer. James Chandler (Lt. Girard on Bourbon Street Beat) plays bounty hunter Farnum.
Season 1, Episode 26, "Unsurrendered Sword": Lorna Thayer (starred in The Beast With a Million Eyes and played the waitress in Five Easy Pieces) plays Confederate widow Amanda Harrington. Jay Novello (Juan Greco on Zorro and Mayor Mario Lugatto on McHale's Navy) plays Gomera constable Guido Morales. Paul Picerni (shown on the left, see "He's Only a Boy" above) plays bitter drunkard Manuel Flynn. Joseph V. Perry (see "The Unwanted" above) plays hotel owner Sam Hackett. Mary Gregory (appeared in Sleeper and Coming Home and played Dr. Stanwhich on Knots Landing and Judge Pendleton on L.A. Law) plays his wife Elvira.
Season 1, Episode 27, "The Captive of Tremblor": Robert Brubaker (Deputy Ed Blake on U.S. Marshal and Floyd on Gunsmoke) plays captive physician Dr. Sam Bates. James Seay (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays town patriarch Jethro Gain. John Pickard (Capt. Shank Adams on Boots and Saddles and Sgt. Maj. Murdock on Gunslinger) plays Tremblor Marshal Drown. Guy Wilkerson (played Panhandle Perkins in 22 westerns, and Theodore Lehmann, the narrator on Around the World With Willy Fogg and Grimm Masterpiece Theatre and voiced High Dingy Doo on Noozles, the Commander and Zero on Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years, and Mayor Lion on Maple Town) plays a saddle tramp.
Season 1, Episode 28, "Blind Marriage": Philip Ahn (Master Kan on Kung Fu) plays wealthy Chinese father Quong Lee. Lisa Lu (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Have Gun --Will Travel) plays his daughter Quong Lia. Victor Buono (shown on the right, appeared in Robin and the 7 Hoods, Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and The Silencers and played King Tut on Batman and Dr. Schubert on Man From Atlantis) plays stage passenger Young. Joseph V. Perry (see "The Unwanted" above) plays miner Bert.
Season 1, Episode 29, "Absolution": Gloria Talbott (shown on the left, starred in The Cyclops, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll,  and I Married a Monster From Outer Space and played Moneta on Zorro) plays Yuma's former fiance Genevieve Morgan. John Maxwell (Alex Gregory on The Court of Last Resort) plays her attending physician. Natalie Masters (Wilma Clemson on Date With the Angels, Mrs. Bergen on My Three Sons, and Edith Barson on Dragnet) plays his nurse.
Season 1, Episode 30, "A Grave for Johnny Yuma": Olan Soule (Aristotle "Tut" Jones on Captain Midnight, Ray Pinker on Dragnet (1952-59), and Fred Springer on Arnie) plays hotel clerk Mr. Dover.
Season 1, Episode 31, "In Memory of a Son": Jack Hogan (starred in The Bonnie Parker Story, Paratroop Command, and The Cat Burglar and played Kirby on Combat!, Sgt. Jerry Miller on Adam-12, Chief Ranger Jack Moore on Sierra, and Judge Smithwood on Jake and the Fatman) plays Yuma's former Army mate Vic Nielsen. Richard Evans (Paul Hanley on Peyton Place) plays former Army mate Tony Parlio.
Season 1, Episode 32, "Paint a House With Scarlet": John Anderson (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays religious zealot Ezra Tabor. Clu Gulager (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Tall Man) plays his son Virgil. Margaret Field (mother of actress Sally Field) plays their neighbor Sara Bodine.
Season 1, Episode 33, "Grant of Land": Paul Richards (appeared in Playgirl and Beneath the Planet of the Apes and played Louy Kassoff on The Lawless Years) plays former Army chaplain Paul Travis. Ruta Lee (appeared in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Face, and Witness for the Prosecution and played Rona on 1st and Ten: The Championship and Pauline Spencer on Coming of Age) plays land owner Ellen Barton. Ed Nelson (Michael Rossi on Peyton Place and Ward Fuller on The Silent Force) plays her hired hand Chad.
Season 1, Episode 34, "Night on a Rainbow": James Best (Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard) plays Yuma's old Army friend Ted Evans. Gail Kobe (shown on the left, played Penny Adams on Trackdown and Doris Schuster on Peyton Place and produced over 200 episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful) plays his wife Carrie. Perry Cook (see "Angry Town" above) plays druggist Roy Cale. Jon Lormer (Harry Tate on Lawman, various autopsy surgeons and medical examiners in 12 episodes of Perry Mason, and Judge Irwin A. Chester on Peyton Place) plays the town doctor.
Season 1, Episode 35, "Lady of Quality": Joanna Moore (mother of Tatum and Griffin O'Neal, appeared in Touch of Evil, Son of Flubber, and Never a Dull Moment and played Peggy McMillan on The Andy Griffith Show) plays deranged widow Barbara Dyer. Ed Kemmer (Commander Buzz Corry on Space Patrol, Paul Britton on The Secret Storm, and Dick Martin on As the World Turns) plays physician Dr. Curtis. Bart Burns (Capt. Pat Chambers on Mike Hammer) plays buffalo hunter Packer.
Season 1, Episode 36, "The Earl of Durango": John Sutton (see "Gold Seeker" above) plays novelist C. Spencer Scott. L.Q. Jones (Beldon on The Virginian, Sheriff Lew Wallace on The Yellow Rose, and Nathan Wayne on Renegade) plays his gunman Otis Rumph. Angelo Rossitto (appeared in Freaks, Spooks Run Wild, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and played Seymour Spider and Clang on H.R. Pufnstuf, Mr. Big and the lead singer of the Hat Band on Lidsville, and Little Moe on Baretta) plays his secretary Godfrey. Nick Dennis (see "Glory" above) plays Durango Sheriff Rocky Spiropolous. George Tobias (shown on the right, starred in Sergeant York, This Is the Army, and Yankee Doodle Dandy and played Pierre Falcon on Hudson's Bay, Trader Penrose on Adventures in Paradise, and Abner Kravitz on Bewitched) plays Dead Oak Sheriff Boyd. Jody Warner (Penny Cooper on One Happy Family) plays casino owner Belle. Victor Buono (see "Blind Marriage" above) plays casino dealer Ralph Babcock. Andrew J. Fenady (co-creator of The Rebel) plays district Marshal Hondo Payne. Patricia Medina (see "Fair Game" above) plays Spanish lady Lupe.
Season 2, Episode 1, "Johnny Yuma at Appomattox": William Bryant (see "Glory" above) plays Union Army Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. George Macready (Martin Peyton on Peyton Place) plays Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Andrew J. Fenady (see "The Earl of Durango" above) plays Union Gen. Philip Sheridan. Ed Nelson (see "Grant of Land" above) plays Confederate soldier Doug. Robert Hickman (makeup artist who worked on Creature From the Black Lagoon and Around the World in Eighty Days as well as TV series Burke's Law, Honey West, and H.R. Pufnstuf) plays a wounded Confederate soldier. J. Pat O'Malley (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Frontier Circus) plays Abilene newspaper publisher McCune. Teddy Rooney (son of actors Mickey Rooney and Martha Vickers) plays his grandson Jimmy.
Season 2, Episode 2, "The Bequest": Elisha Cook, Jr. (starred in The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, The Great Gatsby (1949), and The Killing and played Francis "Ice Pick" Hofstetler on Magnum P.I.) plays distressed father Jeremy Hake. John Carradine (shown on the left, starred in Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, The Ten Commandments, and Sex Kittens Go to College and played Gen. Joshua McCord on Branded) plays Mason City newspaper publisher Elmer Dodson. John Pickard (see "The Captive of Tremblor" above) plays Mason City Sheriff Cahill. Natalie Masters (see "Absolution" above) plays shop owner Ma Silver.
Season 2, Episode 3, "The Champ": Michael Ansara (appeared in Julius Caesar, The Robe, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Harum Scarum, played Cochise on Broken Arrow and Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart on The Rifleman and the Law of the Plainsman, and voiced General Warhawk on Rambo) plays washed-up boxer Docker Mason. Ed Kemmer (see "Lady of Quality" above) plays his manager Jake Wiley. Chuck Hicks (LaMarr Kane on The Untouchables) plays boxer The Frontier Kid. John Indrisano (real-life professional boxer and referee, played John the Chauffeur on O.K. Crackerby!) plays the fight referee.
Season 2, Episode 4, "The Waiting": Claude Akins (shown on the right, played Sonny Pruett on Movin' On and Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo on B.J and the Bear and on Lobo) plays bounty hunter Tom Hall. Joan Evans (starred in Roseanna McCoy, Edge of Doom, and Skirts Ahoy! and played Leonar on Zorro) plays The Yellow Sky Kid's wife Cassie. William Bryant (see "Glory" above) plays Sheriff Ed Strode.
Season 2, Episode 5, "To See the Elephant": Ken Mayer (Maj. Robbie Robertson on Space Patrol) plays wealthy rancher Bull Hollingsworth. Mark Goddard (shown on the left, played Cully on Johnny Ringo, Det. Sgt. Chris Ballard on The Detectives, Bob Randall on Many Happy Returns, and Maj. Don West on Lost in Space) plays his naive son Seldon. Ron Soble (see "Angry Town" above) plays corrupt saloon owner Josiah Boyd. Ellen Corby (Henrietta Porter on Trackdown and Esther Walton on The Waltons) plays elderly saloon girl Carrie Blyden. Judith Rawlins (second wife of singer Vic Damone, died of a drug overdose) plays her supposed niece Mavis. Aladdin (frequent guest on The Lawrence Welk Show as a violinist, singer, and poet, played Cesare on My Three Sons) plays a hotel clerk.
Season 2, Episode 6, "Deathwatch": James Best (see "Night on a Rainbow" above) plays Confederate general's son Abel Waares. Frank Silvera (Don Sebastian Montoya on The High Chaparral) plays yaqui leader Cota.
Season 2, Episode 7, "Run, Killer, Run": Richard Jaeckel (see "The Rattler" above) plays fleeing killer Traskel. John Pickard (see "The Captive of Tremblor" above) plays patrolling Sheriff Pruett. Ed Nelson (see "Grant of Land" above) plays an unnamed deputy looking for Traskel.
Season 2, Episode 8, "The Hunted": Leonard Nimoy (shown on the right, played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, Paris on Mission: Impossible, and Dr. William Bell on Fringe) plays accused killer Jim Colburn. Dorothy Adams (appeared in Laura, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Winning Team, and The Killing) plays his mother. Nick Dennis (see "Glory" above) plays a French fur trapper. Lennie Weinrib (the voice of H.R. Pufinstuf, Seymour Spider, and Ludicrous Lion on H.R. Pufinstuf, voice of Sam Curvy on Doctor Doolittle, and voice of Moonrock on The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show) plays a sheriff building a boat in a bottle. Arlene Martel (Tiger on Hogan's Heroes and Spock's Vulcan bride on Star Trek) plays Colburn's best friend's wife Molly Keller.
Season 2, Episode 9, "The Legacy": Jon Lormer (see "Night on a Rainbow" above) plays Mecca City judge Adam Ricker. Robert Hutton (appeared in Destination Tokyo, Time Out of Mind, The Man on the Eiffel Tower, They Came From Beyond Space, and Trog) plays his son and prosecuting attorney Vance. James Chandler (see "Fair Game" above) plays his son and sheriff Bill. Paul Picerni (see "He's Only a Boy" above) plays his son and defense attorney Lee. Soupy Sales (host of The Soupy Sales Show) plays a blacksmith.
Season 2, Episode 10, "Don Gringo": Gigi Perreau (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Betty Hutton Show) plays a wealthy Mexican's betrothed daughter Demetria Angelica. Edgar Barrier (see "Take Dead Aim" above) plays her father Don Diego.
Season 2, Episode 11, "Explosion": L.Q. Jones (see "The Earl of Durango" above) plays bank-robbing killer Roy Shandell. Douglas Spencer (appeared in The Thing From Another World, Shane, This Island Earth, River of No Return, and The Diary of Anne Frank) plays her father Joe. Ross Elliott (see "Land" above) plays local Sheriff Barney Cagle. Gregory Irvin (see "The Unwanted" above) plays his son Davey.
Season 2, Episode 12, "Vindication": James Drury (shown on the right, see "Fair Game" above) plays blind retired Army Capt. Paul Travis. Dan Sheridan (see the biography section of the 1960 post on Lawman) plays stage shotgun man Jess Hosmer. Martha Vickers (see "The Rattler" above) plays stage waystation host Agnes Boley. William Bryant (see "Glory" above) plays her husband Sam. Michael Barrier (Lt. DeSalle on Star Trek) plays young newlywed Howard Gaynes. Jody Warner (see "The Earl of Durango" above) plays his wife Laurie.
Season 2, Episode 13, "The Scalp Hunter": John Dehner (shown on the left, played Duke Williams on The Roaring '20's, Commodore Cecil Wyntoon on The Baileys of Balboa, Morgan Starr on The Virginian, Cyril Bennett on The Doris Day Show, Dr. Charles Cleveland Claver on The New Temperatures Rising Show, Barrett Fears on Big Hawaii, Marshal Edge Troy on Young Maverick, Lt. Joseph Broggi on Enos, Hadden Marshall on Bare Essence, and Billy Joe Erskine on The Colbys) plays Apache scalp hunter John Sims. Dan Sheridan (see "Vindication" above) plays small-town Sheriff Armstedder.
Season 2, Episode 14, "Berserk": Tom Drake (starred in Meet Me in St. Louis, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College, and The Sandpiper) plays war-addled Kansas Sheriff Mat Dunsen. K.T. Stevens (Vanessa Prentiss on The Young and the Restless) plays his wife. Dan Barton (Det. Sgt. Burke on Dan Raven) plays his deputy Frank Maggio. Robert Brubaker (see "The Captive of Tremblor" above) plays trigger-happy citizen Picquete. Arthur Peterson (The Major on Soap) plays town physician Doc Jons.
Season 2, Episode 15, "The Hope Chest": William Demarest (shown on the right, appeared in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Lady Eve, The Devil and Miss Jones, Stage Door Canteen, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, and That Darn Cat! and played William Harris on Love and Marriage, Mr. Daly on Make Room for Daddy, Jeb Gaine on Tales of Wells Fargo, and Uncle Charlie O'Casey on My Three Sons) plays old widower Ulysses Bowman. Cathy O'Donnell (see "You Steal My Eyes" above) plays his unmarried daughter Felicity. Soupy Sales (see "The Legacy" above) plays vagabond Meyers. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tombstone Territory (1960)

The story of the American old west being told in the first half of the 20th century was one of mythic legend, or brave white settlers who built the greatest nation on earth by trudging across barren deserts while fending off savage Indians and lawless Mexican banditos, as well as morally bankrupt, greedy members of their own race. It took singular men of exceptional courage and skill to maintain law and order in such a dangerous land. At least that's the story told in movies and on television produced by white men for white audiences. But by 1960, as the civil rights movement began to gain traction in the United States, other versions of this narrative began to seep into popular culture. As we have already seen in posts about other western TV series on this blog, stories of noble Native Americans who are abused and misrepresented by greedy whites found their way into plots on mainstream programs. All of which makes the foundation of Tombstone Territory, which ran for two seasons, 1957-59, on ABC and then one final 1959-60 season in syndication, a bit paradoxical because it purports to be based on actual stories published in the Tombstone Epitaph newspaper during the 1880s yet portrays these stories using fictional characters and familiar narratives.
Tombstone Territory was produced by Frank Pittman and Andy White of Ziv Productions, who also produced another marginally historical western, Bat Masterson, though that series debuted the season after Tombstone Territory was launched. To bolster the historical authenticity of their series, Pittman and White made a point of crediting Epitaph editor Clayton Smith and historian D'Estelle Iszard as consultants at the end of each episode, and the biography of Smith from the Epitaph's current web site ( notes that he encouraged researchers to use the files of the newspaper to help promote the town's place in the history of the old west. The problem for Pittman and White was that someone had already beaten them to the punch in developing a TV series centered around Tombstone's most legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp. So they had to create the fictional Sheriff Clay Hollister as his stand-in. Like the TV version of Earp (though quite different from the historical Earp), Hollister is a bolt upright beacon of integrity--he can't be bought off, and he always follows the rule of law, even if he thinks the accused is innocent. And because the founder of the Epitaph, John P. Clum, sold his interest in the paper and left town in mid-1882, while the TV series covered stories that, according to the dates given in each episode, ran as late as 1888, they also created the fictional Harris Claibourne as the Epitaph's editor and the series' narrator.

The character of Claibourne serves an interesting role in the series. As narrator and chronicler of the town's events, he is the voice of authenticity, but he also serves as Hollister's best friend and frequent sidekick on dangerous adventures, even though Hollister has at least two deputies, Quint and Pete, who show up in various episodes. As a sidekick, however, he is of questionable value: when he isn't being held hostage by evildoers, as in "State's Witness" (January 22, 1960) and "The Hostage" (April 8, 1960), he's getting shot, as in "Crime Epidemic" (July 1, 1960), thereby forcing Hollister to delay his pursuit of escaping bank robbers to tend to his injury. The historical editor Clum wasn't an impartial journalist, using his newspaper to promote the local economy and call out businessmen whom he thought were dealing dirty, and the fictional Claibourne can be easily persuaded by Hollister to publish doctored stories or advertisements in order to fool criminal elements. In "Coded Newspaper" (March 18, 1960), Hollister has Claibourne change a coded ad taken out by crooked silver mine manager John Whittaker for all copies distributed outside Tombstone in order to trick Whittaker's accomplices about where the next silver shipment is headed. And in "The Treaty" (June 10, 1960) Hollister has Claibourne publish a story about a fictitious meeting between U.S. Army General Crook and Apache chief Geronimo in order to lure Apache renegade Manitou, who is against any peace treaty, into a trap.

Speaking of Apaches, they don't come off well in Tombstone Territory. Though we hear that Geronimo desires peace, we never see him in "The Treaty," only his insurgent lieutenant Manitou, who massacres a stagecoach traveling to Tombstone and a telegraph operator in a small town south of there. In "The Innocent Man" (May 13, 1960) Hollister, Claibourne, and the Sonoita sheriff and his deputy are attacked by renegade Apaches for no apparent reason, other than the fact that they're renegade Apaches. Mexicans are also stereotypically corrupt, as shown in "Juan Diega" (July 8, 1960), in which the title character is trying to finance the overthrow of his own government by robbing banks in the U.S. Mexico itself is a lawless place, as in "Girl From Philadelphia" (April 29, 1960) in which outlaw Ben Quaid kidnaps his late girlfriend's sister and escapes to Sulfur City, south of the border, until Hollister shows up to rescue her. In fact, any outlaw on the lam heads to Mexico.

When not having to be rescued, women can often be femme fatales, again in a stereotypical fashion that suggests that even if the basic story on which the episode is founded in fact, its development inevitably leads to a cliched plot seen in countless other westerns. "The Bride" (February 5, 1960) is a classic black widow story in which an attractive young woman lures a wealthy older man into marriage so that her male accomplice can knock him off and she can inherit his estate. "Silver Killers" (February 26, 1960) follows a similar pattern, only here a female saloon owner provides a grubstake that makes her a partner with a silver miner, then has a hired assassin kill him once he strikes it rich. In "The Siesta Killer" (May 20, 1960), a greedy woman allows a neurotic short man to cajole her into killing a series of hotel clerks so that he can have revenge on taller men while she receives the money she craves by emptying the hotel cash register. Even the one episode that shows a woman stepping outside the accepted norm in a positive way, "The Lady Lawyer" (February 19, 1960), has her retreat to being a flirt who can't resist a man in uniform by story's end.

Besides the stereotypical femme fatale narrative, Tombstone Territory is replete with the business embezzler who stages heists from his own company to make it look like they are perpetrated by outside outlaws, as in the aforementioned "Coded Newspaper" and "The Lady Lawyer," in which the titular character defends a mine foreman accused of robbing his boss when it turns out that the latter is stealing from his own company. And then there's the story about the family member who kills his own relation but tries to divert the blame to someone else in "Revenge" (April 1, 1960), in which a son shoots his outlaw father but claims that Hollister shot him while trying to bring him in, then persuades his sister that she must lure Hollister into an ambush to avenge the loss of the father. These plots have been recycled in many other westerns from the same era, all of which undercuts the stated intention of the series to tell it the way it was in "the town too tough to die." 

In other words, by creating idealized characters and reverting to time-worn narratives, even if some of the particulars derive from actual accounts from the 1880s, Tombstone Territory shoots itself in the foot, because rather than authenticating the mythic account of the old west, it only reinforces its artificiality.

The theme song for Tombstone Territory, "Whistle Me Up a Memory," was composed and sung by William M. Backer. Though one source claims that Backer was an advertising executive, it isn't clear if this is the same William M. Backer who is in the Advertising Hall of Fame for creating, among other memorable jingles, the Things Go Better With Coke commercials and the iconic "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" hillside commercial. 

The complete series has been released on DVD by Timeless Media Group.

The Actors

Pat Conway

Patrick Douglas Conway was born in Los Angeles, the son of actor, director, and producer Jack Conway and Virginia Bushman, daughter of legendary silent-movie actor Francis X. Bushman. Conway grew up on his father's cattle ranch, learning to ride and rope by age 10. He attended Menlo Junior College and then studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, followed by a stint studying Shakespeare in London. After a hitch with the Marines, he returned to Hollywood and was signed by his father's studio, MGM, making both his feature film and TV debuts in 1951. After a series of uncredited appearances in 1952, including playing the projectionist in Singin' in the Rain, he got his first screen credit that same year in Above and Beyond. After a mere two uncredited appearances in 1953 and nothing in 1954, his career began to gather steam after that with roles on TV series such as You Are There and State Trooper, as well as a handful of drama anthologies, and feature films such as Screaming Eagles in 1956 and the sci-fi thriller The Deadly Mantis the following year. At some point he had also done some male modeling for the Men's Apparel Guild of California. The year 1957 was also when he won the lead role on Tombstone Territory, though he was initially considered for a role as a deputy rather than the sheriff.

During the three years he starred on Tombstone Territory, Conway also had a few guest spots on series like Gunsmoke, The Texan, and The Millionaire, and he scored a few more guest spots, though not many, after its cancellation, appearing on Laramie, Rawhide, and Bonanza. He also appeared in only two feature films--Geronimo in 1962 and Brighty of the Canyon in 1967. Conway was a confirmed bachelor, though linked to the actress Pamela Duncan at one point, and enjoyed solitary pursuits such as sailing. He was a partner in a Palm Springs motel with other actors Hugh O'Brian, Dennis Weaver, and Carolyn Jones. Though some actors remember him as being helpful and a true professional, Boyd Magers' Western Clippings web site says that one stuntman who worked on Tombstone Territory described him as thinking he was another Gary Cooper, and he was a known alcoholic, which very possibly could have led to his death at age 50 on April 24, 1981.

Richard Eastham

Dickinson Swift Eastham was born in Opelousas, Louisiana and first made his mark in the entertainment world as a baritone. While attending Washington University in St. Louis, he sang with the St. Louis Grand Opera, and after a 4-year stint in the Army during World War II, he moved to New York to perform at the New York Theatre Wing. He was the understudy to Ezio Pinza and eventually took over his role as plantation owner Emile DeBecque in the Broadway production of South Pacific, a role that had him starring opposite Mary Martin and later Janet Blair. He also played opposite Ethel Merman in one production of her Call Me Madam, a friendship that landed him his first film role, a non-singing part in There's No Business Like Show Business. He also became good friends with actress Marjorie Lord when they co-starred in a 1955 San Francisco production of Anniversary Waltz. But his wife convinced him to give up his singing career and focus solely on dramatic roles. Besides a singing appearance in 1949 on The Ed Sullivan Show, his dramatic TV debut came in 1955 on Max Liebman Spectaculars and he appeared twice in the series Men of Annapolis in 1957 before landing the role of newspaper editor Harris Claibourne on Tombstone Territory later that year. That same year he appeared in the Bing Crosby feature Man on Fire and as Tombstone Territory was wrapping up he played a circus ringmaster in the Disney film Toby Tyler in 1960.

After Tombstone bit the dust, he found occasional TV guest spots, including 4 appearances on Perry Mason and in the mid-1960s appeared in feature films That Darn Cat!, Not With My Wife You Don't!, and Murderer's Row, one of Dean Martin's Matt Helm spy spoofs. Steady, if not prolific, television work continued into the 1970s on shows like Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law and The Streets of San Francisco as well as occasional movie roles, such as in Tom Sawyer. In the late 1970s he found recurring roles as Gen. Philip Blankenship on Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman and as Brinks on the short-lived Salvage 1. As the 70s gave way to the 1980s he appeared on The Waltons and Quincy, M.E. before landing another recurring role as Dr. Howell on Falcon Crest. His last two credits were in a pair of 1991 episodes of Dallas. Later in life he succumbed to Alzheimer's disease and died due to complications therefrom at an assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades at age 89 on July 10, 2005.

Quintin Sondergaard

Little is known about Quentin Charles Sondergaard of Seattle, Washington. He broke into feature films at age 26 in 1951 playing a character named Rambo in Badman's Gold and the bulk of his career was spent in western films and television programs. His TV debut came playing a drug pusher in a 1957 episode of Highway Patrol. The following year he made the first of 24 appearances as Deputy Quint on Tombstone Territory, the only recurring role of his career. While working on Tombstone Territory he had occasional spots on Dragnet, Bat Masterson, and Wagon Train, to name a few, and these supporting appearances continued after Tombstone on Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, and The Wild, Wild West. His last television appearance was on a 1970 episode of Adam-12 and 10 years later he made his last film appearance in the low-budget feature The Ghost Dance. He died at age 59 in Riverside County, California on February 15, 1984.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 3, Episode 13, "Mine Disasters": Donald Murphy (Ben Cabot on The Loretta Young Show) plays mine owner Anson Gurney. Tom London (starred in Six-Shootin' Sheriff, Song of the Buckaroo, and Riders in the Sky) plays itinerant printer Fred Ellis.
Season 3, Episode 14, "Eyewitness": Elisha Cook, Jr. (starred in The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, The Great Gatsby (1949), and The Killing and played Francis "Ice Pick" Hofstetler on Magnum P.I.) plays saloon sweeper Adam Kirby. King Moody (Starker on Get Smart) plays killer Wallach. Len Lesser (shown on the right, played Uncle Leo on Seinfeld and Garvin on Everybody Loves Raymond) plays Wallach's friend Hugh Dawson.
Season 3, Episode 15, "The Capture": William Phipps (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays outlaw Kyle Dodge. William Tannen (Deputy Hal Norton on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays visiting physician Dr. Buell.
Season 3, Episode 16, "State's Witness": Jan Shepard (shown on the left, played Nurse Betty on Dr. Christian) plays dead gang member's sister Cheri Deger. John Sutton (appeared in Jane Eyre, The Three Musketeers(1948), and The Return of the Fly) plays the unnamed gang leader. Harry Woods (prolific screen villain in feature films such as Jesse James (1927), Conflict, and The Ghost Rider) plays Tombstone physician Doc Cunningham.
Season 3, Episode 17, "The Target": Liam Sullivan (Major Mapoy on The Monroes, Dr. Joseph Lerner on The Young and the Restless, and Mr. Willis on Knots Landing) plays rancher Douglas Jason. Warren Oates (starred in In the Heat of the Night, The Wild Bunch, and Stripes and played Ves Painter on Stoney Burke) plays his gunman Vic Reel. Mickey Simpson (Boley on Captain David Grief) plays Jason henchman Jess. Frank Warren (Officer Simpson on Highway Patrol and Art Crowley on The Andy Griffith Show) plays Hollister's deputy Pete.
Season 3, Episode 18, "The Bride": Byron Morrow (Capt. Keith Gregory on The New Breed, the judge 5 times on Perry Mason, and Pearce Newberry on Executive Suite) plays Claibourne's chess opponent Bert Magraw. Linda Lawson (shown on the right, played Renee on Adventures in Paradise, Pat Perry on Don't Call Me Charlie, and Laura Fremont on Ben Casey) plays his new bride Jeannie. Edson Stroll (Virgil Edwards on McHale's Navy) plays edgy stranger Vince Sanders. Ken Christy (Bill Franklin on Meet Corliss Archer) plays an unnamed old timer.
Season 3, Episode 19, "Female Killer": Mala Powers (starred in Cyrano de Bergerac, Rose of Cimarron, and Tammy and the Bachelor and played Rebecca Boone on Walt Disney's Daniel Boone and Mona on Hazel) plays convicted killer Renee Carter. Don C. Harvey (Collins on Rawhide) plays her boyfriend Frank Fallon. Paul Sorensen (Andy Bradley on Dallas) plays Fallon's robbery accomplice Blake. Ken Drake (Bragan on Not for Hire) plays Pantano Marshal Dave.
Season 3, Episode 20, "The Lady Lawyer": Kathie Browne (shown on the left, played Angie Dow on Hondo and was Darren McGavin's second wife) plays attorney Gay Monahan. Regis Toomey (starred in Alibi, Other Men's Women, The Finger Points, His Girl Friday, and The Big Sleep and played Joe Mulligan on The Mickey Rooney Show, Lt. Manny Waldo on Four Star Playhouse, Lt. McGough on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Det. Les Hart on Burke's Law, and Dr. Barton Stuart on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres) plays mine foreman Feeny Spindler. James Westerfield (appeared in The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, and The Love God? and played John Murrel on The Travels of Jamie McPheeters) plays mine owner Big Jim Gerson.
Season 3, Episode 21, "Silver Killers": Constance Ford (starred in A Summer Place, Home From the Hill, All Fall Down, and The Caretakers and played Ada Lucas Davis Downs McGowan Hobson on Another World) plays saloon owner Lily Murdock. James Seay (see the biography section in the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays her right-hand man Matt. Hank Patterson (Fred Ziffel on Green Acres and Petticoat Junction and Hank on Gunsmoke) plays old silver miner Tulsa Jack. Paul Sorensen (see "Female Killer" above) plays Lily's henchman Sam. John Mitchum (see the biography section in the 1960 post on Riverboat) plays silver miner Hal Swanson.
Season 3, Episode 22, "Holcomb Brothers": Harry Carey, Jr. (shown on the right, starred in Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Mister Roberts, and The Searchers and played Bill Burnett on The Adventures of Spin and Marty) plays Quartz Hill Marshal Vern Fawcett. Howard Petrie (Hugh Blaine on Bat Masterson) plays his father Gabe. Robert Anderson (Park Street, Jr. on The Court of Last Resort and Aeneas MacLinahan on Wichita Town) plays outlaw Hunk Holcomb.
Season 3, Episode 23, "Young Killers": Bern Hoffman (Sam the bartender on Bonanza) plays outlaw uncle Ben Hoskins. Frank Warren (see "The Target" above) plays Hollister's Deputy Pete.
Season 3, Episode 24, "Coded Newspaper": Kent Taylor (Carlos Murietta on Zorro and Capt. Jim Flagg on The Rough Riders) plays mine manager John Whittaker.
Season 3, Episode 25, "Memory": Allison Hayes (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Bat Masterson) plays bank robber Liz Dolthan. Charles Maxwell (Special Agent Joe Carey on I Led 3 Lives and was the voice of the radio announcer on Gilligan's Island) plays her partner Jud Packard. Walter Burke (starred in All the King's Men, Jack the Giant Killer, and Support Your Local Sheriff! and played Tim Potter on Black Saddle) plays blackmailer Harry Ames. Robert Williams (Mr. Dorfman on Dennis the Menace) plays Wells Fargo employee Sam Wade. Bill Hickman (stunt driver who drove in the epic chase scenes in Bullitt!, The French Connection, and The Seven-Ups) plays poker player Todd.
Season 3, Episode 26, "Revenge": Andrew Prine (starred in The Miracle Worker, The Devil's Brigade, Bandolero!, and Chisum and played Andy Guthrie on The Wide Country, Dr. Roger Helvick on Dr. Kildare, Timothy Pride on The Road West, Dan Costello on W.E.B., and Wayne/Wyatt Donnelly on Weird Science) plays vengeful son Noah Bell. June Blair (shown on the right, David Nelson's wife in real life and on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Julie Greer on Two Faces West) plays his sister Lady. Mary Anderson (starred in Bahama Passage, The Song of Bernadette, and Lifeboat and played Catherine Harrington on Peyton Place) plays hotel owner Nellie Cashman.
Season 3, Episode 27, "The Hostage": Keith Larsen (Bart Adams on The Hunter, Brave Eagle on Brave Eagle, Maj. Robert Rogers on Northwest Passage, and Drake Andrews on The Aquanauts) plays condemned man's brother John Edwards.
Season 3, Episode 28, "The Governor": Robert F. Simon (Dave Tabak on Saints and Sinners, Gen. Alfred Terry on Custer, Frank Stephens on Bewitched, Uncle Everett McPherson on Nancy, Capt. Rudy Olsen on The Streets of San Francisco, and J. Jonah Jameson on The Amazing Spiderman) plays Arizona Territory Governor Armstrong. William Conrad (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Rocky and His Friends) plays outlaw Frank Banter. Don Eitner (Dr. Richard Winfield on Dynasty) plays henchman Stark.
Season 3, Episode 29, "The Kidnapping": Leo Gordon (Big Mike McComb on Maverick) plays bank robber Ben Jensen. Tony Young (Cord on Gunslinger) plays his accomplice Todd. Don Eitner (Dr. Richard Winfield on Dynasty) plays henchman Stark.
Season 3, Episode 31, "The Fortune": Charles Aidman (narrator on the 1985-87 version of The Twilight Zone) plays escaped convict Chuck Eggleston.
Season 3, Episode 32, "The Innocent Man": John Doucette (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Lock Up) plays Sonoita Sheriff Eli Parsons. Ron Hayes (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Bat Masterson) plays his deputy Hank McQueen. Guy Stockwell (Chris Parker on Adventures in Paradise) plays escaped convict Tom Holden. Ken Mayer (Maj. Robbie Robertson on Space Patrol) plays escaped convict Callahan. Barney Elmore (Chauffeur Parkins on The Beverly Hillbillies) plays escaped convict Seth Wheeler. Anne Dore (actress who doubled for Anthony Perkins in the shower stabbing scene in Psycho) plays an unnamed mine owner.
Season 3, Episode 34, "The Return of Kansas Joe": Robert F. Simon (shown on the left, see "The Governor" above) returns as Governor Armstrong. Warren Stevens (starred in The Frogmen, The Barefoot Contessa, Deadline U.S.A., and Forbidden Planet, played Lt. William Storm on Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers, and was the voice of John Bracken on Bracken's World) plays Lt. Governor Owens. Ed Nelson (Michael Rossi on Peyton Place and Ward Fuller on The Silent Force) plays ex-convict Kansas Joe Barton.
Season 3, Episode 35, "Betrayal": Robert Gist (directed multiple episodes of Peter Gunn, Naked City, and The Richard Boone Show and was Agnes Moorehead's second husband) plays wounded bank robber Lafe Jackson. Forrest Lewis (Mr. Peavey on The Great Gildersleeve) plays rancher Jeb Collins.
Season 3, Episode 36, "The Treaty": Dehl Berti (Vittorio on Buck James and John Taylor on Guns of Paradise) plays Apache renegade Manitou. John Gallaudet (Chamberlain on Mayor of the Town, Judge Penner on Perry Mason, and Bob Anderson on My Three Sons) plays U.S. Army Capt. MacIntyre.
Season 3, Episode 38, "The Injury": Dyan Cannon (shown on the right, starred in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Shamus, Heaven Can Wait, Revenge of the Pink Panther, and Deathtrap and played Judge Jennifer Cone on Ally McBeal and Ally and Honey Bernstein-Flynn on Three Sisters) plays Hollister's girlfriend Tracy Travers. Willis Bouchey (Mayor Terwilliger on The Great Gildersleeve, Springer on Pete and Gladys, and the judge 23 times on Perry Mason) plays her father. Marshall Reed (Inspector Fred Asher on The Lineup) plays vengeful brother Ed Keel.
Season 3, Episode 39, "Crime Epidemic": Denver Pyle (Ben Thompson on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Grandpa Tarleton on Tammy, Briscoe Darling on The Andy Griffith Show, Buck Webb on The Doris Day Show, Mad Jack on The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, and Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard) plays rancher Will Gunther. Ralph Taeger (Mike Halliday on Klondike, Patrick Malone on Acapulco, and Hondo Lane on Hondo) plays bank robber Horn Burnett.
Season 3, Episode 40, "Juan Diega": Gregory Walcott (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1961 post on 87th Precinct) plays notorious criminal Bert Taggert. Roberto Contreras (Pedro on The High Chapparal) plays Diega henchman Vincente.