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Death Valley Days

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Death Valley Days
Death valley days-1-550x301.jpg
Early logo of Death Valley Days
Presented by
StarringSee list
Narrated byMerle Haggard (1975 re-broadcasts)
Theme music composerHerbert Taylor
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons18
No. of episodes452
Executive producers
  • Jack Wheeler
  • Anthony Wollner
Running time25 min.
Production companies
Original networkSyndication
Picture format4:3 35mm black and white/colour
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMarch 1, 1952 (1952-03-01) –
April 24, 1970 (1970-04-24)

Death Valley Days is an American old-time radio and television anthology series featuring true accounts of the American Old West, particularly the Death Valley country of southeastern California. Created in 1930 by Ruth Woodman, the program was broadcast on radio until 1945. From 1952 to 1970, it became a syndicated television series, with reruns (updated with new narrations) continuing through August 1, 1975. The radio and television versions combined to make the show "one of the longest-running Western programs in broadcast history."[1]

The series was sponsored by the Pacific Coast Borax Company (20 Mule Team Borax, Boraxo) and hosted by Stanley Andrews ("The Old Ranger") (1952–1964), Ronald Reagan (1964–1965), Rosemary DeCamp (1965), Robert Taylor (1966–1969), and Dale Robertson (1969–1970). With the death of Dale Robertson in 2013, all former Death Valley Days hosts are now deceased. Hosting the series was Reagan's final work as an actor; he left the series to run in 1966 for Governor of California.

The television series was conceived by Pacific Coast Borax Company's advertising agency McCann-Erickson through company executive Dorothy McCann and Mitchell J. Hamilburg, who represented Gene Autry's Flying A Productions.[2]

In the 1955–1956 season, NBC offered Frontier, an anthology Western series similar to Death Valley Days hosted by Walter Coy. Though Frontier, a springboard for the Western actor Jack Elam, was nominated for an Emmy Award, it was cancelled after a single season.


Stanley Andrews as "The Old Ranger", first host of Death Valley Days
Stanley Andrews as "The Old Ranger", first host of Death Valley Days

Each of the 452 television episodes was introduced by a host. The longest-running was "The Old Ranger," a character played by veteran actor Stanley Andrews.

Following the departure of Andrews, all subsequent hosts appeared under their own names. The first was Ronald Reagan, the former host of CBS's General Electric Theater and future governor and U.S. president from 1981 to 1989. Reagan acted in twenty-one episodes of Death Valley Days, including the 1965 segment "A City Is Born." In that one, he played mining developer Charles Poston, the "Father of Arizona". In 1965, Rosemary DeCamp subbed for Ronald Reagan as host on Death Valley Days. FCC rules of the time compelled the removal of Reagan's scenes when the show was telecast in California, where he was running for governor. Then the Death Valley Days hosting position went to Reagan's friend and fellow Hollywood actor, Robert Taylor. Like Reagan, Taylor appeared as a character in some of the shows, including "The Day All Marriages Were Cancelled" (1966), also based on the career of Charles Poston.

Taylor portrayed Horace Bell in another 1967 episode, "Major Horace Bell." In the story line, Major Bell, an early settler of Los Angeles, rescues from lynching and defends a man who has been accused of murder.[3] That same year in the episode "Shanghai Kelly's Birthday Party," Taylor played James Kelly of San Francisco, who shanghaied sailors onto ships bound for the Far East with the expectation that none would return to accuse Kelly of a crime.[4]

Taylor played Texas John Slaughter, a role most associated with Tom Tryon, in the 1968 Death Valley Days episode "A Short Cut through Tombstone." Buck Taylor (no relation) played his deputy, Billy Stiles. Ned Romero was cast as the Geronimo Kid.[5] He played Porter Stockton in the 1967 episode "Halo for a Badman" with Marion Ross as his wife. In the story line, Stockton, an ex-convict, is hired by Mayor Engley (Roy Barcroft) as the marshal of the former Animas City, near Durango in southwestern Colorado, because local officials believe that Stockton can withstand outlaws who have robbed every gold shipment sent out of town. One of the towspeople George Neise, however, tragically thinks Stockton has not reformed but is still involved with the gangs.[6] As Charles Marion Russell he must decide if the Old West he loves should be protected by those outside the law like Buck Don Megowan; his future wife Nancy Susan Brown gives him some inspirational insight.

When Taylor became gravely ill in 1969, he was succeeded by Dale Robertson, former star of two other western series, Tales of Wells Fargo and Iron Horse. Production of new episodes ceased in 1970, but singer Merle Haggard provided narration in 1975 for some previously made episodes.

Guest stars


Parts of the series were filmed in Kanab, Utah.[7] Most episodes, though, were filmed in Los Angeles, California.

As the series continued on the air, episodes began to focus on nearly any portion of the American West, not just the Death Valley country. Most episodes portrayed events in the late 19th century, the heyday of the "Old West". Some, however, were set in much earlier times, especially the Spanish colonial era, and a few recounted stories from the early 20th century.

For its first two years, the series was produced by Autry's Flying A Productions; then from 1954 to 1959, it was handled by McGowan Productions, also known for the Sky King series.[8] Filmaster Productions Inc., which produced the first several seasons of Gunsmoke for CBS Television, took over production of the series after 1959. Madison Productions began to produce the series in 1965.[9]

Although Rio Tinto, successor-in-interest to the series' original sponsor, U.S. Borax, still has a financial stake in this show because copyrights are still held by the United States Borax and Chemical Corporation, the major rights are now held by Element 5 Media, LLC for the broadcast rights and home video rights.

Death Valley Days is by far the most successful syndicated television western series, the most successful television western ever in the half-hour format, and one of the longest-running and most successful of all scripted syndicated series. The end of the series, coupled with the end of Bonanza in 1973 and Gunsmoke in 1975, marked the demise of the traditional Western era in American television; by the middle 1970s, although western elements were still fairly common in modern series, such as Little House on the Prairie, pure western series were a thing of the past.

The stories used in the series were based on actual events. The episode titled "Death Valley Scotty" was based on the record-breaking run of the 1905 Scott Special chartered by Walter E. Scott, a.k.a. "Death Valley Scotty."


Under the Death Valley Days title, the program was sponsored by the Pacific Coast Borax Company, which during the program's run changed its name to U.S. Borax Company following a merger. Advertisements for the company's best-known products, 20 Mule Team Borax, a laundry additive, Borateem, a laundry detergent, and Boraxo, a powdered hand soap, were often done by the program's host. Death Valley was the scene of much of the company's borax mining operations. The "20-Mule Team Borax" consumer products division of U.S. Borax was eventually bought out by the Dial Corporation, which as of 2014, as a division of the German consumer products concern Henkel, still manufactures and markets them. Rio Tinto Group absorbed the U.S. Borax mining operations in 1968[10] and now owns the TV series.[11]


Paul Korver's company Cinelicious in Hollywood was part of the restoration of the TV series Death Valley Days, restoring 458 half-hour film episodes. Cinelicious worked with U.S. Borax Film Archives and Rio Tinto Group in preserving the TV series. The 16mm, and 35 mm film of Death Valley Days was scanned at 4K resolution for film preservation on a Scanity starting in 2013.[12][13]


During the latter years of the series, some new episodes were still being made while older episodes were already in syndication. In some markets, new episodes could even be running in competition with older ones. To make it easier for viewers to distinguish between old and new, some blocks of syndicated Death Valley Days episodes were shown under other series names and with different hosts. This was common practice at the time among syndicated series because it was easy to reshoot the hosting portions of an episode without affecting the main content. Alternate series titles and their respective hosts included Frontier Adventure (Dale Robertson), The Pioneers (Will Rogers, Jr.), Trails West (Ray Milland), Western Star Theater (Rory Calhoun), and Call of the West (John Payne). The last title was also often applied to the series' memorable, haunting theme music.


Some episodes of the series were re-run with different sponsorship under the title The Pioneers.[14]

The restored TV series is currently broadcast on the Grit network in the United States.[15]

Two episodes of Death Valley Days are shown weekdays beginning at 6:35 p.m. Eastern on the Encore Westerns Channel.

Home media

Shout! Factory (on behalf of Element 5 Media LLC and Rio Tinto), has released the first two seasons on DVD in Region 1.[16][17] Both seasons were released as Walmart exclusives. The third season was released on March 21, 2017[18] The thirteenth season was released on July 31, 2017, as a Walmart exclusive. Then, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, the title "went wide" with a general retail release.[19] The fourteenth season was released on January 2, 2018.[20]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 18 March 29, 2016
The Complete Second Season 18 July 12, 2016
The Complete Third Season 18 March 21, 2017
The Complete Thirteenth Season 26 October 3, 2017
The Complete Fourteenth Season 26 January 2, 2018

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1955 Emmy Award Best Western or Adventure Series Death Valley Days Nominated
1961 Western Heritage Awards Best Factual Television Program Ruth Woodman and Nat Perrin (For episode "The Great Lounsberry Scoop") Won

See also



SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedBlack & White / Color
First airedLast aired
1181952 (1952)1953 (1953)Black & White
2181953 (1953)1954 (1954)Black & White
3181954 (1954)1955 (1955)Black & White
4211955 (1955)1956 (1956)Black & White
5171956 (1956)1957 (1957)Black & White
6251957 (1957)1958 (1958)Black & White
7331958 (1958)1959 (1959)Black & White
8381959 (1959)1960 (1960)Black & White
9301960 (1960)1961 (1961)Black & White
10261961 (1961)1962 (1962)Black & White
11261962 (1962)1963 (1963)23 B&W, 3 Color
12261963 (1963)1964 (1964)16 B&W, 10 Color
13261964 (1964)1965 (1965)Color
14261965 (1965)1966 (1966)Color
15261966 (1966)1967 (1967)Color
16261967 (1967)1968 (1968)Color
17261968 (1968)1969 (1969)Color
18261969 (1969)1970 (1970)Color
Total4521952 (1952)1970 (1970)283 B&W, 169 Color

Season 1 (1952-53)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"How Death Valley Got Its Name"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanOctober 1, 1952 (1952-10-01)
A number of wagons leave a wagon train they came west with to head in a different direction than the others and head due west from Salt Lake City. They soon find themselves trapped in the hot arid desert with their supplies rapidly diminishing. Stars Brad Johnson, Phyllis Coates, Laton Reily Kirk Sr., John Parrish, Louise Lorimer, Guy Wilkerson and Bernard Szold.
22"She Burns Green"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanNovember 14, 1952 (1952-11-14)
Aaron and Rosie, after months of mining in the California desert are faced with failure at mining. Rosie is ready to return to her parents home when they unexpectadely find a mineral on a dry lake bed that will make them wealthy. Stars James Griffith, Donna Martell and Allan Nixon
33"The Death Valley Kid"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanDecember 10, 1952 (1952-12-10)
A bandit Bruce Edwards is robbing banks and businesses in a Sheriff's territory. Pressure mounts from the townsfolk on the Sheriff Richard Emory to catch the bold bandit. The Sheriff attmpts to catch him but is always outsmarted. Stars Ann McCrae as Lucy, Walter McGrail, Jack Halliday, Bernard Szold and Jack Hardin.
44"The Lost Pegleg Mine"TBATBATBA
55"The Little Bullfrog Nugget"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
Gail Davis is the only single woman in town. Her suiters come up with various ways to woo her. Stars Jimmy Lloyd, Emmett Lynn, Wade Crosby, James Seay and Hal Smith.
66"Self-Made Man"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A miner loses his arm from a gunshot wound. Spurred on by his wife Doris Merrick he becomes a successful lawyer. William Henry, House Peters Jr., Hal K. Dawson, and Steve Conti
77"The Chivaree"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A butterfly collector comes to Death Valley. Stars Tyler Mcduff, Joyce Jamison, Harry Lauter, Roy Regnier and Eula Morgan, Martin Twain.
88"The Little Dressmaker of Bodie"TBATBATBA
99"Cynthy's Dream Dress"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
Cynthy Virginia Lee loves a prospector Brad Johnson. Co-stars Helen Brown, Steve Conti, Diahann Carroll, Kenne Duncan, Lyle Talbot, Ralph Littlefield, and Timothy Carey
1010"The Rival Hash Houses"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
Two restaurants battle it out for the business of the miners. Stars Jane Frazee, Gordon Jones, Minerva Urecal, William Fawcett, Lyle Talbot and Rusty Wescoatt
1111"The Lady with the Blue Silk Umbrella"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
Two American Army Officers travel to Washington to bring back the statehood documents for California. Stars Kathy Case, Rick Vallin, Ernestine Barrier, Howard Negley, Glase Lohman, Leonard Penn, Crane Whitley, Paul Power, Keith Richards, Reed Howes, Don Anderson[21] and Joe Dante.
1212"Swamper Ike"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanFebruary 3, 1953 (1953-02-03)
An Indian Jack Mahoney looks for clues to his past while romancing a local white woman Margaret Field. Denver Pyle and Henry Rowland are bad guys stealing gold from miners. Hank Patterson is a mule team driver. With Tex Terry.
1313"The Bell of San Gabriel"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
The story of one of the bells and of the boy who later became a padre at the mission. Stars Kathy Case, Gilbert Frye, Peter Votrian, George Lewis, Marta Mitrovich, David Leonard, Kirkley Riley and Melodie McGowan.
1414"Claim Jumpin' Jennie"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A miners daughter Karen Sharpe comes to visit, her mother Irene Barton is not what she expected. Stars Wallace Ford, Harry Harvey, Robert Cunningham, Charlie Stevens and Guy Wilkerson.
1515"The Bandits of Panamint"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
Two Robbers discover a rich lode of silver as they are running from the law. They sell the mine to a Senator and pay back all they have stolen. They plan on stealing the silver from the mine but are twarted by their girlfriends. Stars Sheila Ryan, Rick Vallin, Gloria Winters, Glase Lohman, Howard Negley, George Sherwood, Greg Barton and Bob Woodward.
1616"Sego Lilies"TBATBATBA
1717"Little Oscar's Millions"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A pair of miners buy a lot in the new town of Rawhide and sell it for a profit. Stars Percy Hilton, Claire Carleton, John Frank, Helen Brown, George Norris, Beverly Cotterell, Ralph Sanford, Keith Richards, Byron Foulger and Wade Crosby.
1818"Land of the Free"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
Two slaves come to California to earn their freedom in the gold fields. Stars James Adamson, Felix Nelson, Gail Davis, Kirk Riley, Coulter Irwin, Edythe Elliott, Willa Curtis, Frank Richards, House Peters, Jr., and Jack O'Shea.

Season 2 (1953-54)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
191"The Diamond Babe"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A dance hall woman Ann Savage is disliked by the ladies of the town until she takes care of the ill during an epidemic. Stars Charles Victor, Jill Jarman, Myra McKinney, Phil Rich, Joan Danton, Leonard Penn, Dorothy Adams, Hal Smith and Reed Howes
202"Little Washington"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A young woman's Sally Mansfield family is uprooted when her father John Eldridge gets an appointment to a political position in Nevada. Stars Jim Davis, Louise Arthur, Marian Mosick, Louis Franklin, Bernice Simmons, Glase Lohman and Kenne Duncan.
213"Solomon in All His Glory"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A town cleans up the town drunk James Griffith when his beautiful sister comes to town. Stars Phyllis Coates, Leonard Penn, Gloria Winters, Jimmy Hawkins, and Coulter Irwin.
224"Which Side of the Fence?"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A town is right on the border of Californiaa and Nevada and must wait until the survey is done to decide which state it belongs in. Stars Richard Emory, Lyn Thomas, Earle Hodgins, Hal K. Dawson, Keith Richards, James Seay and Ellye Marshall.
235"Whirlwind Courtship"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
Two lawyers from the same town back east compete for the good clients and future spouses. Stars Michael Hathaway, Robert Lowery, Susan Cooke, George Pembroke, Nan Leslie, Jean Wright and Russell Hicks.
246"Dear Teacher"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
The school kids revel in chasing teachers away, finally one comes that can control the out of control children. Stars Nancy Hale, Donna Corcoran, Michael Moore, Paul McGuire, Vivi Janiss and Geraldine Wall.
257"One in a Hundred"TBATBATBA
268"Little Papeete"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
The town of Columbia, California gets a much needed fire engine. Stars Emily Heath, Richard Avonde, Regina Gleason, Hal Smith, Mark Bennett, and Kay Stewart.
279"Lotta Crabtree"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
The story of a little girl with a lot of talent who becomes the star of San Francisco. Stars Gloria Jean, Sharon Baird, Kay Stewart, Paul Weber, Mark Bennett, Yvonne Cross, and Tom Ellis.
Stars George Eldredge
2911"The Twelve Pound Nugget"TBATBATBA
3012"Jimmy Dayton's Treasure"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
Jimmy Dayton Harry D. Cody falls in love with a saloon girl Barbara Knudson. Stars Harry Lauter, Pauline Moore, Jesse Kirkpatrick and Cliff Fields
3113"Snowshoe Thompson"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
The story of how the mail got through in the winter in California Stars Don Kennedy as Snowshoe Thompson, Jane Hampton, Lee Van Cleef, Heenan Elliott, Kay Wiley, Robert A. Paquin and Frank Richards.
3214"Husband Pro-Tem"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
The railroad wants to make a deal with the Indians for safe passage through their land. Stars Jack Mahoney, Lane Bradford, Gloria Marshall, John O'Rourke, Howard Negley, Hank Patterson and Lillian Culver.
3315"The Kickapoo Run"TBATBATBA
3416"Sixth Sense"Stuart E. McGowanRuth WoodmanTBA
A blind woman Jeanne Cooper finds a career and solves a stage robbery. Stars William Hudson, Edward Ingram, Betty Shewman, Gil Frye, and Terry Frost.
3517"The Rainbow Chaser"TBATBATBA
3618"Mr. Godiva"TBATBATBA

Season 3 (1954-55)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
371"The Saint's Portrait"TBATBATBA
382"11,000 Miners Can't Be Wrong"TBATBATBA
Stars Leonard Penn.
393"Halfway Girl"
404"Black Bart"
415"The Light on the Mountain"
426"To Big Charlie from Little Charlie"
448"Lola Montez"
459"The Big Team Rolls"
4610"Death and Taxes"
4711"Riggs and Riggs"
4812"Million Dollar Wedding"
4913"Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"
5014"The Seventh Day"
5115"The Mormon's Grindstone"
5216"Death Valley Scotty"
5317"The Crystal Gazer"
5418"I Am Joaquin"

Season 4 (1955-56)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
562"The Valencia Cake"TBATBATBA
573"A Killing in Diamonds"TBATBATBA
584"The Homeliest Man in Nevada"TBATBATBA
595"Miracle of the Sea Gulls"TBATBATBA
606"Wildcat's First Piano"TBATBATBA
617"California's First Ice Man"TBATBATBA
628"The Hangman Waits"TBATBATBA
639"Gold Is Where You Find It"TBATBATBA
6410"The Man Who'd Bet on Anything"TBATBATBA
Stars Mark Bennett
6511"The Baron of Arizona"TBATBATBA
6612"Nevada's Plymouth Rock"TBATBATBA
6713"The Hoodoo Mine"TBATBATBA
6814"Mr. Bigfoot"TBATBATBA
7016"Two Bits"TBATBATBA
7117"Bill Bottle's Birthday"TBATBATBA
7218"The Sinbuster"TBATBATBA
7319"Pay Dirt"TBATBATBA
7420"The Longest Beard in the World"TBATBATBA
7521"Emperor Norton"TBATBATBA
Stars Leonard Penn.

Season 5 (1956-57)

No. in
761"Faro Bill's Layout"TBATBATBA
772"The Bear Flag"TBATBATBA
783"Pat Garrett's Side of It"TBATBATBA
794"The Hidden Treasure of Cucamonga"TBATBATBA
816"The Rose of Rhyolite"TBATBATBA
827"The Last Letter"TBATBATBA
838"Year of Destiny"TBATBATBA
849"Mercer Girl"TBATBATBA
8510"California's Paul Revere"TBATBATBA
8611"The Trial of Red Haskell"TBATBATBA
Stars Leonard Penn
8712"The Washington Elm"TBATBATBA
8813"The Rosebush of Tombstone"TBATBATBA
8914"The Luck of the Irish"TBATBATBA
9015"Lady Engineer"TBATBATBA
9116"Train of Events"TBATBATBA
9217"The Man Who Was Never Licked"TBATBATBA

Season 6 (1957-58)

No. in
931"California Gold Rush in Reverse"TBATBATBA
942"Camel Train"TBATBATBA
953"California's First Schoolmarm"TBATBATBA
964"Arsenic Springs"TBATBATBA
975"Fifty Years a Mystery"TBATBATBA
986"Fifteen Paces to Fame"TBATBATBA
997"The Calico Dog"TBATBATBA
1008"Rough and Ready"TBATBATBA
1019"The Last Bad Man"TBATBATBA
10210"The Greatest Scout of All"TBATBATBA
10311"Empire of Youth"TBATBATBA
10412"Wheel of Fortune"TBATBATBA
10513"Man on the Run"TBATBATBA
Stars Leonard Penn
10614"Birth of a Boom"TBATBATBA
10715"Yankee Pirate"TBATBATBA
10816"Ten in Texas"TBATBATBA
10917"Auto Intoxication"TBATBATBA
11018"Two-Gun Nan"TBATBATBA
11119"Cockeyed Charlie Parkhurst"TBATBATBA
11220"The Great Amulet"TBATBATBA
11321"The Telescope Eye"TBATBATBA
11422"The Mystery of Suicide Gulch"TBATBATBA
11523"The Big Rendezvous"TBATBATBA
11624"The Girl Who Walked with a Giant"TBATBATBA
11725"Jerkline Jitters"TBATBATBA

Season 7 (1958-59)

No. in
1181"Head of the House"TBATBATBA
1192"The Capture"TBATBATBA
1203"Ship of No Return"TBATBATBA
1214"The Moving-Out of Minnie"TBATBATBA
1225"The Red Flannel Shirt"TBATBATBA
1236"Big Liz"TBATBATBA
1247"Thorn of the Rose"TBATBATBA
1258"The Jackass Mail"TBATBATBA
1269"Perilous Cargo"TBATBATBA
12710"The Gambler and the Lady"TBATBATBA
12811"Quong Kee"TBATBATBA
12912"Old Gabe"TBATBATBA
13013"The Gunsmith"TBATBATBA
13114"A Piano Goes West"TBATBATBA
13215"A Bullet for the Captain"TBATBATBA
13316"A Town Is Born"TBATBATBA
13417"Sailor on a Horse"TBATBATBA
13518"Gold Lake"TBATBATBA
13619"Wheelbarrow Johnny"TBATBATBA
13720"Stagecoach Spy"TBATBATBA
13821"Eruption at Volcano"TBATBATBA
13922"Price of a Passport"TBATBATBA
14023"Pioneer Circus"TBATBATBA
14124"The Invaders"TBATBATBA
14225"The Blond King"TBATBATBA
14326"The Newspaper That Went to Jail"TBATBATBA
14427"Old Blue"TBATBATBA
14528"Perilous Refuge"TBATBATBA
14629"The Talking Wire"TBATBATBA
14730"RX: Slow Death"TBATBATBA
14831"Half a Loaf"TBATBATBA
14932"Valley of Danger"TBATBATBA
15033"Forty Steps to Glory"TBATBATBA

Season 8 (1959-60)

No. in
1522"Gates-Ajar Morgan"TBATBATBA
1533"Sam Kee and Uncle Sam"TBATBATBA
1544"The Grand Duke"TBATBATBA
1555"Fair Exchange"TBATBATBA
1566"The Scalpel and the Gun"TBATBATBA
1577"Indian Emily"TBATBATBA
1588"Hang 'Em High"TBATBATBA
1599"Tribal Justice"TBATBATBA
16010"The Little Trooper"TBATBATBA
16111"Ten Feet of Nothing"TBATBATBA
16212"Lady of the Press"TBATBATBA
16313"The Reluctant Gun"TBATBATBA
16414"His Brother's Keeper"TBATBATBA
16515"The Devil's Due"TBATBATBA
16616"Money to Burn"TBATBATBA
16717"Dogs of the Mist"TBATBATBA
16818"The Wedding Dress"TBATBATBA
16919"Shadow on the Window"TBATBATBA
17020"The Battle of Mokelumne Hill"TBATBATBA
17121"The Strangers"TBATBATBA
17222"Goodbye Five Hundred Pesos"TBATBATBA
17323"Forbidden Wedding"TBATBATBA
17424"One Man Tank"TBATBATBA
17525"Man on the Road"TBATBATBA
17626"The Man Everyone Hated"TBATBATBA
17727"The General Who Disapproved"
17828"The Million Dollar Pants"TBATBATBA
17929"Pirates of San Francisco"TBATBATBA
18030"A Woman's Rights"TBATBATBA
18131"Eagle in the Rocks"TBATBATBA
18232"Cap'n Pegleg"TBATBATBA
18333"Emma is Coming"TBATBATBA
18434"Human Sacrifice"TBATBATBA
18535"Pete Kitchen's Wedding Night"TBATBATBA
18636"Mission to the Mountains"TBATBATBA
18737"The Great Lounsberry Scoop"TBATBATBA
18838"Somewhere in the Vultures"TBATBATBA

Season 9 (1960-61)

No. in
1891"Pamela's Oxen"TBATBATBA
1902"Splinter Station"TBATBATBA
1913"Queen of the High-Graders"TBATBATBA
1924"Devil's Bar"TBATBATBA
1935"Learnin' at Dirty Devil"TBATBATBA
1946"Yankee Confederate"TBATBATBA
1957"The Gentle Sword"TBATBATBA
1968"Extra Guns"TBATBATBA
1979"The White Healer"TBATBATBA
19810"The Wind at Your Back"TBATBATBA
20012"A Girl Named Virginia"TBATBATBA
20113"City of Widows"TBATBATBA
20214"The Young Gun"TBATBATBA
20315"The Lady Was an M.D."TBATBATBA
20416"The Salt War"TBATBATBA
20517"The Madstone"TBATBATBA
20618"Deadline at Austin"TBATBATBA
20719"South of Horror Flats"TBATBATBA
20820"Gamble with Death"TBATBATBA
20921"White Gold"TBATBATBA
21022"Dead Man's Tale"TBATBATBA
21123"Who's for Divide?"TBATBATBA
21224"Dangerous Crossing"TBATBATBA
21325"Death Ride"TBATBATBA
21527"The Red Petticoat"TBATBATBA
21628"The Stolen City"TBATBATBA
21729"A General Without Cause"TBATBATBA
21830"The Deserters"TBATBATBA

Season 10 (1961-62)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2191"Treasure of Elk Creek Canyon"TBATBA
Stars George Eldredge
2202"A Bullet for the D.A."TBATBA
2213"Lieutenant Bungle"TBATBA
2224"Trial by Fear"TBATBA
2235"Queen of Spades"TBATBA
2246"Alias James Stuart"TBATBA
2257"Storm Over Truckee"TBATBA
2268"The Hold-Up Proof Safe"TBATBA
2279"The Watch"TBATBA
22810"Miracle at Boot Hill"TBATBA
22911"Sponge Full of Vinegar"TBATBA
23012"The Truth Teller"TBATBA
23113"Experiment in Fear"TBATBA
23214"Feud at Dome Rock"TBATBA
23315"Justice at Jackson Creek"TBATBA
23416"Preacher with a Past"TBATBA
23517"Abel Duncan's Dying Wish"TBATBA
23618"Way Station"TBATBATBA
23719"Miracle at Whiskey Gulch"TBATBA
23820"A Matter of Honor"TBATBA
23921"The Breaking Point"TBATBA
24022"Girl with a Gun"TBATBA
24123"Showdown at Kamaaina Flats"TBATBA
24224"La Tules"TBATBA
24325"The Unshakeable Man"TBATBA
24426"Third Passenger"TBATBA

Season 11 (1962-63)

Season 11 has 3 episodes produced in color, episodes 7, 8 and 9.

No. in
2451"Hangtown Fry"TBATBATBA
2462"Fort Bowie: Urgent"TBATBATBA
2484"Pioneer Doctor"TBATBATBA
2495"The $275,000 Sack of Flour"TBATBATBA
2506"The Last Shot"TBATBATBA
2517"To Walk with Greatness"TBATBATBA
2528"The Grass Man"TBATBATBA
2539"Davy's Friend"TBATBATBA
25410"Loss of Faith"TBATBATBA
25612"The Private Mint of Clark, Gruber and Company"TBATBATBA
25713"The Hat That Wore the West"TBATBATBA
25814"The Vintage Years"TBATBATBA
25915"Phantom Procession"TBATBATBA
26016"A Gun is Not a Gentleman"TBATBATBA
26117"Stubborn Mule Hill"TBATBATBA
26218"The Lion of Idaho"TBATBATBA
26319"The Train and Lucy Tutaine"TBATBATBA
26420"Diamond Jim Brady"TBATBATBA
26521"Grotto of Death"TBATBATBA
26622"The Debt"TBATBATBA
26723"Shadow of Violence"TBATBATBA
26824"Coffin for a Coward"TBATBATBA
26925"The Melancholy Gun"TBATBATBA
27026"With Honesty and Integrity"TBATBATBA

Season 12 (1963-64)

Season 12 has 10 episodes produced in color, episodes 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 20.

No. in
2711"Thar She Blows"TBATBATBA
2722"Measure of a Man"TBATBATBA
2733"A Kingdom for a Horse"TBATBATBA
2744"Diamond Field Jack"TBATBATBA
2755"Deadly Decision"TBATBATBA
2766"The Man Who Died Twice"TBATBATBA
2777"The Holy Terror"TBATBATBA
2788"The Peacemaker"TBATBATBA
2799"Three Minutes to Eternity"TBATBATBA
28010"The Red Ghost of Eagle Creek"TBATBATBA
28111"Graydon's Charge"TBATBATBA
28212"Little Cayuse"TBATBATBA
28313"The Wooing of Perilous Pauline"TBATBATBA
28414"Sixty-Seven Miles of Gold"TBATBATBA
28515"The Paper Dynasty"TBATBATBA
28616"The Westside of Heaven"TBATBATBA
28717"Hastings Cut-Off"TBATBATBA
28818"The Law of the Round Tent"TBATBATBA
28919"The Bigger They Are"TBATBATBA
29020"The Last Stagecoach Robbery"TBATBATBA
29121"A Book of Spanish Grammar"TBATBATBA
29222"Trial at Belle's Springs"TBATBATBA
29323"After the O.K. Corral"TBATBATBA
29424"The Quiet and the Fury"TBATBATBA
29525"See the Elephant and Hear the Owl"TBATBATBA
29626"The Streets of El Paso"TBATBATBA

Season 13 (1964-65)

All episodes in color.

No. in
2971"Honor the Name Dennis Driscoll"TBATBATBA
2982"The Lucky Cow"TBATBATBA
2993"Big John and the Rainmaker"TBATBATBA
3004"From the Earth, a Heritage"TBATBATBA
3015"The Other White Man"TBATBATBA
3026"The Hero of Fort Halleck"TBATBATBA
3037"The Left Hand is Damned"TBATBATBA
3048"There Was Another Dalton Brother"TBATBATBA
3059"Tribute to the Dog"TBATBATBA
30610"The $25,000 Wager"TBATBATBA
30711"A Bargain is for Keeping"TBATBATBA
30812"Peter the Hunter"TBATBATBA
30913"Paid in Full"TBATBATBA
31014"A Bell for Volcano"TBATBATBA
31115"The Trouble with Taxes"TBATBATBA
31216"The Race at Cherry Creek"TBATBATBA
31317"Death in the Desert"TBATBATBA
31418"Raid on the San Francisco Mint"TBATBATBA
31519"Magic Locket"TBATBATBA
31620"The Battle of San Francisco Bay"TBATBATBA
31721"The Wild West's Biggest Train Holdup"TBATBATBA
31822"No Gun Behind His Badge"TBATBATBA
31923"Fighting Sky Pilot"TBATBATBA
32024"The Journey"TBATBATBA
32125"Kate Melville and the Law"TBATBATBA

Season 14 (1965-66)

No. in
3231"Temporary Warden"TBATBATBA
3242"Captain Dick Mine"TBATBATBA
3253"The Lawless Have Laws"TBATBATBA
3264"The Great Turkey War"TBATBATBA
3275"The Rider"TBATBATBA
3286"Traveling Trees"TBATBATBA
3297"No Place for a Lady"TBATBATBA
3308"A City is Born"TBATBATBA
3319"The Book"TBATBATBA
33210"Mrs. Romney and the Outlaws"TBATBATBA
33311"Dry Water Sailors"TBATBATBA
33412"Devil's Gate"TBATBATBA
The wagon master Ezra Meeker, who is abandoned by members of his wagon train, who decided to stop the trip to Oregon instead to prospect for gold. Stars Jim Davis.
33513"The Red Shawl"TBATBATBA
33614"A Picture of a Lady"TBATBATBA
33715"Canary Harris vs. the Almighty"TBATBATBA
33816"The Fastest Nun in the West"TBATBATBA
33917"The Fight San Francisco Never Forgot"TBATBATBA
34018"The Courtship of Carrie Huntington"TBATBATBA
34119"The Water Bringer"TBATBATBA
34220"Crullers at Sundown!"TBATBATBA
34321"Hugh Glass Meets the Bear"TBATBATBA
34422"The Firebrand"TBATBATBA
34523"The Hat That Huldah Wore"TBATBATBA
34624"The Four Dollar Law Suit"TBATBATBA
34725"An Organ for Brother Brigham"TBATBATBA
34826"Lady of the Plains"TBATBATBA

Season 15 (1966-67)

No. in
3491"The Day All Marriages Were Cancelled"TBATBATBA
3502"The Solid Gold Cavity"TBATBATBA
3513"The Resurrection of Deadwood Dick"TBATBATBA
3524"Brute Angel"TBATBATBA
3535"Sense of Justice"TBATBATBA
3546"The Lady and the Sourdough"TBATBATBA
3557"The Kid from Hell's Kitchen"TBATBATBA
3568"Samaritans, Mountain Style"TBATBATBA
3579"One Fast Injun"TBATBATBA
35810"The Jolly Roger and Wells Fargo"TBATBATBA
35911"The Hero of Apache Pass"TBATBATBA
36012"The Gypsy"TBATBATBA
36113"A Calamity Called Jane"TBATBATBA
36214"Doc Holiday's Gold Bars"TBATBATBA
36315"Silver Tombstone"TBATBATBA
36416"The Man Who Didn't Want Gold"TBATBATBA
36517"Halo for a Badman"TBATBATBA
36618"A Wrangler's Last Ride"TBATBATBA
36719"The Man Who Wouldn't Die"TBATBATBA
36820"The Saga of Dr. Davis"TBATBATBA
36921"Major Horace Bell"TBATBATBA
37022"The Day They Stole the Salamander"TBATBATBA
Stars Jim Davis was cast as the freighter Luke Campbell of Deadwood, FezraSouth Dakota.
37123"Siege at Amelia's Kitchen"TBATBATBA
37224"Solid Foundation"TBATBATBA
37325"Along Came Mariana"TBATBATBA
37426"A Man Called Abraham"TBATBATBA

Season 16 (1967-68)

No. in
3751"Shanghai Kelly's Birthday Party"TBATBATBA
3762"Chicken Bill"TBATBATBA
3773"Let My People Go"TBATBATBA
3784"The Lone Grave"TBATBATBA
3795"The Girl Who Walked the West"TBATBATBA
3806"The Informer Who Cried"TBATBATBA
3817"Spring Rendezvous"TBATBATBA
3828"Lost Sheep in Trinidad"TBATBATBA
3839"The Saga of Sadie Orchard"TBATBATBA
38410"The Indiana Girl"TBATBATBA
38511"Prince of the Oyster Pirates"TBATBATBA
38612"The Friend"TBATBATBA
38713"The Great Diamond Mines"TBATBATBA
38814"Count Me In, Count Me Out"TBATBATBA
38915"Dress for a Desert Girl"TBATBATBA
39016"Britta Goes Home"TBATBATBA
39117"Bread on the Desert"TBATBATBA
39218"Green is the Color of Gold"TBATBATBA
39319"Out of the Valley of Death"TBATBATBA
39420"The Gold Mine on Main Street"TBATBATBA
39521"A Friend Indeed"TBATBATBA
39622"The Thirty-Caliber Town"TBATBATBA
39723"The Other Side of the Mountain"TBATBATBA
39824"By the Book"TBATBATBA
39925"The Pieces of the Puzzle"TBATBATBA
40026"Tall Heart, Short Temper"TBATBATBA

Season 17 (1968-69)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
4011"The Secret of the Black Prince"TBATBATBA
4022"The Leprechaun of Last Chance Gulch"TBATBATBA
4033"Ton of Tin"TBATBATBA
4044"The Sage Hen"TBATBATBA
4055"The Other Cheek"TBATBATBA
4066"A Mule... Like the Army's Mule"TBATBATBA
4077"Lottie's Legacy"TBATBATBA
4088"Lady with a Past"TBATBATBA
4099"A Short Cut Through Tombstone"TBATBATBA
41010"Up the Chimney"TBATBATBA
41111"The World's Greatest Swimming Horse"TBATBATBA
41212"Ten Day Millionaires"TBATBATBA
41313"A Restless Man"TBATBATBA
41414"A Gift"TBATBATBA
Stars Jeanne Cooper as Rachel Barrett.
41515"Solomon's Glory"TBATBATBA
41616"The Understanding"TBATBATBA
41717"Long Night at Fort Lonely"TBATBATBA
41818"Here Stands Bailey"TBATBATBA
41919"The Angel of Tombstone"TBATBATBA
42020"A Full House"TBATBATBA
42121"How to Beat a Badman"TBATBATBA
42222"A Key for the Fort"TBATBATBA
42323"Drop Out"TBATBATBA
42424"The Oldest Law"TBATBATBA
42525"Lucia Darling and the Ostrich"TBATBATBA
42626"Jimmy Dayton's Bonanza"TBATBATBA

Season 18 (1969-70)

No. in
4271"The Taming of Trudy Bell"TBATBATBA
4282"Tracy's Triumph"TBATBATBA
4293"Old Stape"TBATBATBA
4304"The Tenderfoot"TBATBATBA
4315"Biscuits and Billy, the Kid"TBATBATBA
4326"Son of Thunder"TBATBATBA
4337"The Lady Doctor"TBATBATBA
4348"The Great Pinto Bean Gold Hunt"TBATBATBA
4359"The Visitor"TBATBATBA
43610"The King of Uvalde Road"TBATBATBA
43711"The Mezcla Man"TBATBATBA
43812"Pioneer Pluck"TBATBATBA
43913"A Simple Question of Justice"TBATBATBA
44014"The Wizard of Aberdeen"TBATBATBA
44115"The Dragon of Gold Hill"TBATBATBA
44216"The Biggest Little Post Office in the World"TBATBATBA
44317"A Saint of Travelers"TBATBATBA
44418"Talk to Me, Charley"TBATBATBA
44519"Amos and the Black Bull"TBATBATBA
44620"The Man Who Planted Gold in California"TBATBATBA
44721"The Solid Gold Pie"TBATBATBA
44822"A Gift from Father Tapis"TBATBATBA
44923"Clum's Constabulary"TBATBATBA
45024"The Contract"TBATBATBA
45125"The Duke of Tombstone"TBATBATBA
45226"Early Candle Lighten"TBATBATBA


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