|Written by||Earl Barret
Calvin Clements Sr.
|Directed by||Leonard Katzman
Irving J. Moore
John Carl Parker
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||John Mantley|
|Running time||24 mins.|
|Original run||January 11, 1974– April 5, 1974|
Dirty Sally is an American comedy-drama Western series which ran on CBS from January 11 until April 5, 1974. The program is a spin-off of a two-part 1971 episode of Gunsmoke in which Sally nurses a young gunfighter back to health.
The series stars Jeanette Nolan as Sally Fergus, a cantankerous, tobacco-chewing, rough-talking, and hard-drinking 62-year-old on her way west to pan for gold. Dack Rambo co-starred as Cyrus Pike, the young man who accompanies Sally to California. He was fleeing partners in crime. The plot centers on the two being detained in their trip west because of Sally’s frequent meddling into the lives of people that they encounter on the trail.
In the series, the two head for California, as Nolan begins to view Rambo as the son that she never had. Sally is something of a western junk collector loathed by many townspeople but liked by the main characters of Gunsmoke, who view her as the last frontierswoman.
Dirty Sally aired at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on Fridays opposite ABC’s The Odd Couple. It preceded The CBS Friday Night Movies, and followed the equally short-lived military comedy Roll Out, which occupied that time slot for the first twelve weeks of the 1973-1974 season. Planet of the Apes moved into that same time in the 1974-1975 season. Dirty Sally was quickly cancelled, though Nolan was nominated for a Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award. The series continued in repeats until August 9.
Guest stars on Dirty Sally included Scott Brady, Kathleen Cody (actor), Nicholas Hammond, Gene Evans, Jackie Coogan, Maudie Prickett, Robert Totten, Vincent Van Patten, and John McIntire, Nolan’s husband.
John Mantley was the executive producer; Leonard Katzman, the producer and writer. Actor Denver Pyle was one of the directors, along with Irving J. Moore, Philip Leacock, and Vincent McEveety. Pyle also did some of the writing and was a guest star. The series was produced by the CBS Television Network.
- 1973-1974 and 1974-1975 American network television schedule
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