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Will Hutchins Sugarfoot 1958.JPG
Will Hutchins as Tom "Sugarfoot" Brewster, 1958.
Also known asTenderfoot (UK name)
Legal drama
Created byMichael Fessier[1]
Written byMontgomery Pittman (four episodes)
Directed byIrving J. Moore
Leslie H. Martinson
Montgomery Pittman (four episodes)
StarringWill Hutchins
Theme music composerMack David and
Jay Livingston
ComposersRay Heindorf
Max Steiner
Country of originU.S.
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes69
Executive producerWilliam T. Orr
ProducersHarry Tatelman
Caroll Case
Burt Dunne
Arthur W. Silver
Oren W. Haglund (production manager)
Gordon Bau (make-up)
Production locationCalifornia
EditorsJames Moore
Carl Pingitore
Leo H. Shreve
James C. Moore
Harold Minter
Robert B. Warwick, Jr.
Robert Watts
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time50 mins.
Production companyWarner Bros. Television
Original networkABC
Picture format1.33:1 Black-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1957 (1957-09-17) –
April 17, 1961 (1961-04-17)
RelatedThe Boy from Oklahoma

Sugarfoot is an American Western television series that aired for 69 episodes on ABC from 1957-1961 on Tuesday nights on a "shared" slot basis – rotating with Cheyenne (first season); Cheyenne and Bronco (second season); and Bronco (third season). The Warner Bros. production stars Will Hutchins as Tom Brewster, an Easterner who comes to the Oklahoma Territory to become a lawyer. Brewster was a correspondence-school student whose apparent lack of cowboy skills earned him the nickname "Sugarfoot", a designation even below that of a tenderfoot.

Hutchins was the only regular on the show. In four episodes, Hutchins also plays the dual role of Abram Thomas, a.k.a. "The Canary Kid", leader of an outlaw gang who is a dead ringer for Brewster. In each of these episodes, Brewster is joined in the fight against The Canary Kid's plans by Christopher Colt—i.e., Wayde Preston crossing over from his role in the simultaneously-produced WB series Colt .45. Towards the very end of the run, Jack Elam was cast in two of the final five episodes as Brewster's occasional sidekick Toothy Thompson, but the series was cancelled shortly thereafter.

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Sugarfoot had no relation to the 1951 Randolph Scott Western film Sugarfoot aside from the studio owning the title (and the theme music), but its pilot episode was a remake of a 1954 Western film called The Boy from Oklahoma starring Will Rogers, Jr., as Tom Brewster. The pilot and premiere episode, "Brannigan's Boots", was so similar to The Boy from Oklahoma that Sheb Wooley and Slim Pickens reprised their roles from the film.

As played by Rogers in the film, Brewster carried no gun, disliked firearms in general, and vanquished villains with his roping skills (à la Will Rogers) if friendly persuasion failed. Perhaps for practical reasons, the pilot altered the character slightly and made Brewster more like the typical Western hero—reluctant to use guns (or any other kind of violence), but able and willing to do so if necessary. That remained his stance throughout the series, and the title song mentions that Sugarfoot carries a rifle and a law book.

Whenever he enters a saloon, Sugarfoot refuses liquor and orders sarsaparilla "with a dash of cherry". (Sarsaparilla is a drink similar to root beer, both of which are non-alcohol-based.)

Sugarfoot was one of the earliest products of the alliance between ABC and the fledgling Warner Bros. Television Department, chaired by William T. Orr. During the same period, other similar programs appeared, including Maverick, Cheyenne, Bronco, Lawman, and Colt .45. Hutchins appeared as Sugarfoot in crossover episodes of Cheyenne and Maverick, and in an installment of Bronco called "The Yankee Tornado" with Peter Breck as a young Theodore Roosevelt. Jack Kelly appeared as Bart Maverick in the Sugarfoot episode "A Price on His Head".


Cast of "Brannigan's Boots"

Cast of The Boy from Oklahoma film (1954)

Guest stars


Season 1: 1957–58

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Brannigan's Boots"UnknownUnknownSeptember 17, 1957 (1957-09-17)
22"Reluctant Hero"UnknownUnknownOctober 1, 1957 (1957-10-01)
Cade dies in the fire, and Sugarfoot is shot in the attack. Linda takes it upon herself to nurse Sugarfoot back to health. I. Stanford Jolley plays the mysterious "The Nighthawk".[2]
33"The Strange Land"UnknownUnknownOctober 15, 1957 (1957-10-15)
44"Bunch Quitter"UnknownUnknownOctober 29, 1957 (1957-10-29)
55"Trail's End"UnknownUnknownNovember 12, 1957 (1957-11-12)
Sugarfoot comes upon a former childhood sweetheart, Kathy Larsen (Venetia Stevenson), who is managing a dance hall. Chris Alcaide plays the corrupt Clay Horton, who forces Kathy to marry him so that she cannot testify in court in regard to Horton's crimes. Barbara Stuart portrays Muriel, Kathy's business partner. Gordon Jones plays Sugarfoot's lively friend, Wasco Wolters, who has an interest in Muriel. This episode reveals that Tom Brewster spent his childhood in Vermont before coming to the Oklahoma Territory.[3]
66"Quicksilver"UnknownUnknownNovember 26, 1957 (1957-11-26)
Sugarfoot investigates the robbery of a silver mine which prevents the owner from meeting his payroll. The episode features Lane Bradford as the cutthroat Ellis; John Litel as Hank Tatum, the owner of the mine, and Fay Spain as Tatum's daughter, Susie, the girlfriend and eventual wife of the local sheriff. Frank Wilcox plays George Beaumont, an unscrupulous businessman who had been rejected years earlier by Hank Tatum's late wife.[4]
77"Misfire"UnknownUnknownDecember 10, 1957 (1957-12-10)
88"The Stallion Trail"UnknownUnknownDecember 24, 1957 (1957-12-24)
99"Small War at Custer Junction"UnknownUnknownJanuary 7, 1958 (1958-01-07)
1010"Bullet Proof"UnknownUnknownJanuary 21, 1958 (1958-01-21)

Sugarfoot tricks a gang into believing that he knows the location of the loot from their last bank robbery. Gregory Walcott plays Peaches' presumed fiance, Duke McKlintock, and Don "Red" Barry is cast as Tanner.[5]

Joi Lansing guest stars as the unsavory but attractive "Peaches", who claims to be a belle from Georgia
1111"Deadlock"UnknownUnknownFebruary 4, 1958 (1958-02-04)
1212"Man Wanted"UnknownUnknownFebruary 18, 1958 (1958-02-18)
1313"The Dead Hills"UnknownUnknownMarch 4, 1958 (1958-03-04)
1414"A Wreath for Charity Lloyd"UnknownUnknownMarch 18, 1958 (1958-03-18)
1515"Hideout"UnknownUnknownApril 1, 1958 (1958-04-01)
1616"Guns for Big Bear"UnknownUnknownApril 15, 1958 (1958-04-15)
1717"Price on His Head"UnknownUnknownApril 29, 1958 (1958-04-29)
1818"Short Range"UnknownUnknownMay 13, 1958 (1958-05-13)
1919"The Bullet and the Cross"UnknownUnknownMay 27, 1958 (1958-05-27)
2020"Mule Team"UnknownUnknownJune 10, 1958 (1958-06-10)

Season 2: 1958–59

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
211"Ring of Sand"UnknownUnknownSeptember 16, 1958 (1958-09-16)
222"Brink of Fear"UnknownUnknownSeptember 30, 1958 (1958-09-30)
233"The Wizard"UnknownUnknownOctober 14, 1958 (1958-10-14)
244"The Ghost"UnknownUnknownOctober 28, 1958 (1958-10-28)
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255"The Canary Kid"UnknownUnknownNovember 11, 1958 (1958-11-11)
266"The Hunted"UnknownUnknownNovember 25, 1958 (1958-11-25)
Based on a story from True West Magazine.
277"Yampa Crossing"UnknownUnknownDecember 9, 1958 (1958-12-09)
288"Devil to Pay"UnknownUnknownDecember 23, 1958 (1958-12-23)
299"The Desperadoes"UnknownUnknownJanuary 6, 1959 (1959-01-06)
3010"The Extra Hand"UnknownUnknownJanuary 20, 1959 (1959-01-20)
3111"The Return of the Canary Kid"UnknownUnknownFebruary 3, 1959 (1959-02-03)
3212"The Mysterious Stranger"UnknownUnknownFebruary 17, 1959 (1959-02-17)
Features Adam West (Batman) as Frederick Pulaski
3313"The Giant Killer"UnknownUnknownMarch 3, 1959 (1959-03-03)
3414"The Royal Raiders"UnknownUnknownMarch 17, 1959 (1959-03-17)
3515"The Mountain"UnknownUnknownMarch 31, 1959 (1959-03-31)
3616"The Twister"UnknownUnknownApril 14, 1959 (1959-04-14)
3717"The Vultures"UnknownUnknownApril 28, 1959 (1959-04-28)
3818"The Avengers"UnknownUnknownMay 12, 1959 (1959-05-12)
3919"Small Hostage"UnknownUnknownMay 26, 1959 (1959-05-26)
4020"Wolf"UnknownUnknownJune 9, 1959 (1959-06-09)

Season 3: 1959–60

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
411"The Trial of the Canary Kid"UnknownUnknownSeptember 15, 1959 (1959-09-15)
422"The Wild Bunch"UnknownUnknownSeptember 29, 1959 (1959-09-29)
433"MacBrewster the Bold"UnknownUnknownOctober 13, 1959 (1959-10-13)
444"The Gitanos"UnknownUnknownOctober 27, 1959 (1959-10-27)
455"The Canary Kid, Inc."UnknownUnknownNovember 10, 1959 (1959-11-10)
466"Outlaw Island"UnknownUnknownNovember 24, 1959 (1959-11-24)
477"Apollo with a Gun"UnknownUnknownDecember 8, 1959 (1959-12-08)
488"The Gaucho"UnknownUnknownDecember 22, 1959 (1959-12-22)
499"Journey to Provision"UnknownUnknownJanuary 5, 1960 (1960-01-05)
5010"The Highbinder"UnknownUnknownJanuary 19, 1960 (1960-01-19)
5111"Wolfpack"UnknownUnknownFebruary 2, 1960 (1960-02-02)
5212"Fernando"UnknownUnknownFebruary 16, 1960 (1960-02-16)
5313"Blackwater Swamp"UnknownUnknownMarch 1, 1960 (1960-03-01)
5414"Return to Boot Hill"UnknownUnknownMarch 15, 1960 (1960-03-15)
5515"Vinegaroom"UnknownUnknownMarch 29, 1960 (1960-03-29)
5616"The Corsican"UnknownUnknownApril 12, 1960 (1960-04-12)
5717"Blue Bonnet Stray"UnknownUnknownApril 26, 1960 (1960-04-26)
5818"The Long Dry"UnknownUnknownMay 10, 1960 (1960-05-10)
5919"Funeral at Forty Mile"UnknownUnknownMay 24, 1960 (1960-05-24)
6020"The Captive Locomotive"UnknownUnknownJune 7, 1960 (1960-06-07)

Season 4: 1960–61

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
611"Shadow Catcher"UnknownUnknownSeptember 26, 1960 (1960-09-26)
622"A Noose for Nora"UnknownUnknownOctober 24, 1960 (1960-10-24)
633"Man from Medora"UnknownUnknownNovember 21, 1960 (1960-11-21)
644"Welcome Enemy"UnknownUnknownDecember 26, 1960 (1960-12-26)
655"Toothy Thompson"UnknownUnknownJanuary 16, 1961 (1961-01-16)
666"Shepherd with a Gun"UnknownUnknownFebruary 6, 1961 (1961-02-06)
677"Angel"UnknownUnknownMarch 6, 1961 (1961-03-06)
688"Stranger in Town"UnknownUnknownMarch 27, 1961 (1961-03-27)
699"Trouble at Sand Springs"UnknownUnknownApril 17, 1961 (1961-04-17)

Background and production

After several episodes aired in the second season, a disappointed Hutchins complained in a letter to executive director William T. Orr that the scripts were written so that the lead character Sugarfoot was not particularly needed in many of the episodes.[7]

Tommy Rettig with Will Hutchins in Sugarfoot (1958).
Tommy Rettig with Will Hutchins in Sugarfoot (1958).

Wayde Preston, who played Christopher Colt on the ABC western Colt .45, appeared four times in that same role on Sugarfoot in the episodes dealing with "The Canary Kid," a role also played by Will Hutchins.[8]


Sugarfoot finished at #24 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1957-1958 season and #21 for 1958-1959.[9]


Home media

Warner Bros. has released all four seasons on MOD (manufacture on demand) DVD-R's in Region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection.[10][11][12][13]

In popular culture

  • In an episode of Arrested Development titled "Spring Breakout", Sugarfoot is mentioned and the theme song is presented.
  • The series debuted in 1958 in the United Kingdom but only in the Midlands area.[14] In 1960, it was aired nationally in the UK by the BBC,[15] at which point it was renamed Tenderfoot despite the fact that it kept the theme song which refers to the character as "Sugarfoot". After 1964, the series returned to ITV, this time not just restricted to the Midlands, where it was once again billed under its original name.
  • The animated television series King of the Hill features a barbecue restaurant named "Sugarfoot's".[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Classic Television Archive entry for Sugarfoot". Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
  2. ^ "Reluctant Hero". Internet Movie Database. October 1957. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Sugarfoot: "Trail's End", November 12, 1957". Internet Movie Database. 12 November 1957. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sugarfoot: "Quicksilver", November 26, 1957". Internet Movie Database. 12 November 1957. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "Sugarfoot: "Bullegt Proof", January 21, 1958". Internet Movie Database. 21 January 1958. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Ghost". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Somewhat Forgotten Figure to Some Extent Remembered: Notes on Television Director, Script Writer, and Occasional Actor Montgomery Pittman". November 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Wayde Preston". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  9. ^
  10. ^ 'The Complete 1st Season' Now Available from Warner Archive Archived 2013-07-18 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ 'The Complete 2nd Season' Announced: Date, Cost, Autographed Box Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Warner Archive Announces 'The Complete 3rd Season': Date, Cost, Box Archived 2014-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ The Last Stories are Upon Us, with 'The Complete 4th Season' Archived 2014-10-28 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ TV Times, midlands edition, week commencing September 14, 1958.
  15. ^ Radio Times, week commencing September 4, 1960.

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