Buckskin (TV series)

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Buckskin
Genre Western
Written by Charles Beaumont
Richard Matheson
Harold Swanton
Directed by Earl Bellamy
Abner Biberman
John Brahm
Edward Ludwig
Fletcher Markle
Starring Tom Nolan
Sally Brophy
Mike Road
Theme music composer Stanley Morton
Mort Green
Composer(s) Stanley Wilson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Production
Producer(s) Robert Bassler
Running time 22–24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run July 3, 1958 (1958-07-03) – May 25, 1959 (1959-05-25)

Buckskin is an American Western television series starring Tom Nolan, Sally Brophy, and Mike Road. The series aired on the NBC network from July 3, 1958 until May 25, 1959, followed by summer reruns in 1959 and again in 1965.

Synopsis[edit]

The show depicts life in fictitious Buckskin, Montana, in the 1880s as seen through the eyes of 10-year old Jody O'Connell, played by Nolan. Jody's widowed mother, Annie, played by Brophy, runs the town's boarding house. The lives of Jody and Annie interact with the townspeople and strangers passing through Buckskin. Another constant is Marshal Tom Sellers, played by Mike Road, who keeps the peace. Young Nolan narrates the series while on a corral fence playing a harmonica.[1]

Cast[edit]

  • Tom Nolan .... Jody O'Connell
  • Sally Brophy .... Mrs. Annie O'Connell
  • Mike Road .... Marshal Tom Sellers
  • Shirley Knight .... Mrs. Newcomb
  • Michael Lipton .... Ben Newcomb, schoolteacher
  • Orville Sherman ... Mr. Feeney

Notable guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The Lady From Blackhawk" July 3, 1958
1-2 "The Man Who Waited" July 10, 1958
1-3 "The Outlaw's Boy" July 17, 1958
1-4 "The Ballad Of Gabe Pruitt" July 24, 1958
1-5 "The Trial Of Chrissy Miller" July 31, 1958
1-6 "Cash Robertson" August 7, 1958
1-7 "Lament For Durango" August 14, 1958
1-8 "Tree of Death" August 21, 1958
1-9 "The Gold Watch" August 28, 1958
1-10 "The Ghost of Balaclava" September 4, 1958
1-11 "Hunter's Moon" September 11, 1958
1-12 "China Boy" September 18, 1958
1-13 "Tell Me, Leonardo" September 25, 1958
1-14 "A Picture of Pa" October 2, 1958
1-15 "The Money Man" October 9, 1958
1-16 "Miss Pringle" October 16, 1958
1-17 "A Permanent Juliet" October 23, 1958
1-18 "A Man From the Mountains" October 30, 1958
1-19 "The Bullnappers" November 6, 1958
1-20 "The Greatest Man In History" January 5, 1959
1-21 "The Monkey's Uncle" January 12, 1959
1-22 "Mr. Rush's Secretary" January 19, 1959
1-23 "Coup Stick" February 2, 1959
1-24 "Fry's Wife" February 9, 1959
1-25 "Who Killed Pat Devlin?" February 16, 1959
1-26 "Little Heathen" February 23, 1959
1-27 "The Knight Who Owned Buckskin" March 2, 1959
1-28 "Cousin Casey" March 9, 1959
1-29 "A Well of Gold" March 16, 1959
1-30 "Act of Faith" March 23, 1959
1-31 "The Venus Adjourner" March 30, 1959
1-32 "Charlie, My Boy" April 6, 1959
1-33 "Annie's Old Beau" April 13, 1959
1-34 "Mail-Order Groom" April 20, 1959
1-35 "The Manager" April 27, 1959
1-36 "I'll Sing At Your Wedding" May 4, 1959
1-37 "A Question of Courage" May 11, 1959
1-38 "Mary MacNamara" May 18, 1959
1-39 "The Better Mouse Trap" May 25, 1959

Production notes[edit]

The series first ran on Thursday evenings at 9:30 Eastern from July to September 1958 as a summer replacement for The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, Friday evenings at 7:30 from October 1958 to January 1959, and Thursdays again at 7:30 from January to September 1959. The 1965 reruns were carried on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. The Buckskin theme song was composed by Stanley Morton and Mort Green.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Buckskin". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Buckskin". fiftiesweb.com.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

This show was also produced by Tennessee Ernie Ford's company BetFord Corporation. It was Ernie's foray into production beyond his own television show "The Ford Show".

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