Cimarron City (TV series)

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For the city in Oklahoma, see Cimarron City, Oklahoma.
Cimarron City
Genre Western
Written by Norman Jolley
Richard Morgan
Tom Seller
Directed by Richard Bartlett
Abner Biberman
John Meredyth Lucas
Starring George Montgomery
John Smith
Audrey Totter
Dan Blocker
Theme music composer Frederick Herbert
Stanley Wilson
Composer(s) Paul Dunlap
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Richard Bartlett
Norman Jolley
Editor(s) Lee Huntington
Cinematography Jack MacKenzie
William A. Sickner
John F. Warren
Running time 44 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monoaural
Original run September 27, 1958 (1958-09-27) – April 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)

Cimarron City is an American Western television series, starring George Montgomery as Matt Rockford and John Smith as Lane Temple, that aired on NBC from October 11, 1958 until April 4, 1959. The name "Cimarron City" refers to a boom town in Logan County north of Oklahoma City. Rich in oil and gold, Cimarron City aspires to become the capital of the future state of Oklahoma, created in 1907.


Synopsis[edit]

Matthew Rockford is the son of the founder of Cimarron City as well as the mayor and an area cattle rancher. Lane Temple, the blacksmith, serves also as the deputy sheriff. He maintains the law amid the crooked schemes concocted in Cimarron City.

Audrey Totter played Beth Purcell, the owner of the boarding house. The episodes were supposed to rotate equally among Montgomery, Smith, and Totter. The writers, however, did not give Totter enough of the leads as promised, and she left the series. Cimarron City also featured Dan Blocker in his pre-Bonanza role as Tiny Carl Budinger, cast after the airing of the second episode as one of Rockford's ranch hands.

Cast[edit]

  • George Montgomery as Matt Rockford, Mayor
  • John Smith as Deputy Lane Temple
  • Audrey Totter as Beth Purcell
  • Dan Blocker as Tiny Carl Budinger
  • Wally Brown as Jed Fame
  • Claire Carleton as Alice Purdy
  • Pete Dunn as Dody Hamer
  • George Dunnas Jesse Williams
  • Tom Fadden as Silas Perry
  • Stuart Randall as Sheriff Art Sampson, later on Laramie with John Smith from 1961 to 1963
  • Addison Richards as Martin Kingsley
  • Fred Sherman as Burt Purdy

Guest stars[edit]

Production notes[edit]

The series was filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California.

Cimarron City was placed opposite two more successful half-hour western programs on the rival CBS network, Richard Boone's Have Gun, Will Travel and James Arness' Gunsmoke.

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "I, The People" October 11, 1958
1-2 "Terror Town" October 18, 1958
1-3 "To Become a Man" October 29, 1958
1-4 "Twelve Guns" November 1, 1958
1-5 "The Medicine Man" November 8, 1958
1-6 "Hired Hand" November 15, 1958
1-7 "Kid On a Calico Horse" November 22, 1958
1-8 "The Beast of Cimarron" November 29, 1958
1-9 "A Respectable Girl" December 6, 1958
1-10 "The Bloodline" December 13, 1958
1-11 "Cimarron Holiday" December 20, 1958
1-12 "McGowan's Debt" December 27, 1958
1-13 "The Bitter Lesson" January 3, 1959
1-14 "A Legacy of Ossie Harper" January 10, 1959
1-15 "Child 0f Fear" January 17, 1959
1-16 "Burn the Town Down" January 24, 1959
1-17 "Runaway Train" January 31, 1959
1-18 "The Beauty and The Sorrow" February 7, 1959
1-19 "Return of the Dead" February 14, 1959
1-20 "Blind Is the Killer" February 21, 1959
1-21 "The Unaccepted" February 28, 1959
1-22 "The Ratman" March 7, 1959
1-23 "Have Sword, Will Duel" March 14, 1959
1-24 "Chinese Invasion" March 21, 1959
1-25 "The Town Is A Prisoner" March 26, 1959
1-26 "The Evil One" April 4, 1959

DVD release[edit]

On March 6, 2012, Timeless Media Group released Cimarron City: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Cimarron-City-Complete-26-Episodes/dp/B006OS1B0A

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