A Man Called Shenandoah

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A Man Called Shenandoah
Robert Fuller A Man Called Shenandoah.jpg
Robert Horton in the title role.
Genre Western
Written by Ed Adamson
Robert C. Dennis
Robert Hamner
E. Jack Neuman
Samuel A. Peeples
Paul Savage
Daniel B. Ullman
Directed by David Alexander
Murray Golden
Tom Gries
Harry Harris
Nathan H. Juran
Joseph H. Lewis
Don McDougall
Jud Taylor
Starring Robert Horton
Opening theme "Oh Shenandoah"
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 34
Producer(s) Robert Hamner
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s) Bronze Enterprises
MGM Television
Original channel ABC
Original release September 13, 1965 – May 16, 1966

A Man Called Shenandoah is an American Western series that aired Monday evenings on ABC-TV from September 13, 1965 to September 5, 1966.[1] It was produced by MGM Television. Some of the location work for the 34 half-hour black and white episodes was filmed in California's High Sierras and Mojave Desert.[2] When reruns aired on Turner Network Television in the 1990s, only 29 of the 34 episodes were rebroadcast. In February 2014, Warner Archive Instant offered all 34 uncut episodes as part of their streaming service, but they still are not available on DVD.

The series starred Robert Horton, who had costarred on Wagon Train from 1957 to 1962. He left that series, vowing to never do another television western, but agreed to star in A Man Called Shenandoah because he felt the show would be a great opportunity for him as an actor.[3]


Robert Horton plays a man who was shot and left for dead. Two buffalo hunters find him out on the prairie and, thinking he might be an outlaw, take him to the nearest town, in hopes of receiving reward money.[4] When he regains consciousness he has no recollection of who he was, or why anyone would want to harm him.

The doctor who treated his wounds gives him the name "Shenandoah," stating the word means "land of silence." [5] For the remainder of the series Shenandoah roams the West in search of clues to his identity. He learns that he had been a Union officer during the Civil War, and comes to believe he had been married.[6]

The last episode, "Macauley's Cure", ends with Mrs. Macauley telling Shenandoah: "It's not always important who you are; it's always important what you are". These words register with Shenandoah, who is now content, bringing the series to the end.

Among the guest stars were Claude Akins, Ed Asner, John Dehner, Bruce Dern, Elinor Donahue, Leif Erickson, Beverly Garland, George Kennedy, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Warren Oates, and Michael Witney.

Theme Song[edit]

Robert Horton composed new lyrics for the traditional folk song Oh Shenandoah and sang the "Shenandoah" theme song.[7] His recording became a Columbia single in 1965. It is from Horton's Columbia album The Man Called Shenandoah (Cs-9208, stereo; Cl-2408, mono; both 1965).

The series is surprisingly popular on Rhodesian Television (RTV) in central Africa, and the song, reworked by local talent Nick Taylor, reached No 3 on the Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation hit parade. [[8]]


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 - Present (Seventh Edition), Ballantine Books, 1999
  2. ^ Summers, Neil and Crowley, Roger M., The Official TV Western Round-Up Book, The Old West Shop Publishing, 2002
  3. ^ A Man For All Seasons, in the Spring 1994 issue of Trail Dus
  4. ^ Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 - Present (Seventh Edition), Ballantine Books, 1999
  5. ^ see Shenandoah Episode Guide in External Links
  6. ^ see Shenandoah Episode Guide in External Links
  7. ^ Eder, Bruce, liner notes for Small Screen Cowboy Heroes (AT 57474), Sony Music Distribution
  8. ^ Illustrated Life Rhodesia magazine, 14 July 1972

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