Frontier Circus

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For the NBC program similarly named, see Frontier (1955 TV series).

Frontier Circus
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James Barton in "The Clan MacDuff" episode, 1962
Genre Western
Written by Samuel A. Peeples
Frank Price
Directed by Tay Garnett
William Witney
Starring J. Pat O'Malley
Chill Wills
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 mins.
Production company(s) Calliope Productions
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 5, 1961 (1961-10-05) – September 6, 1962 (1962-09-06)


Frontier Circus is an American Western television series about a traveling circus roaming the American West in the 1880s. Filmed by Revue Productions, the program aired on the CBS from October 5, 1961, until September 6, 1962.

Overview[edit]

The show featured such veteran Western television and film performers as Chill Wills as "Colonel Kasey Thompson," John Derek as "Ben Travis," Richard Jaeckel as "Scout Tony Gentry," and J. Pat O'Malley as "Duffy," Characters Thompson and Travis were the owners of the Thompson/Travis circus.

Episode guide[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "The Depths of Fear" October 5, 1961
2 "The Smallest Target" October 12, 1961
3 "Lippizan" October 19, 1961
4 "Dr. Sam" October 26, 1961
5 "The Hunter and the Hunted" November 2, 1961
6 "Karina" November 9, 1961
7 "Journey from Hannibal" November 16, 1961
8 "Winter Quarters" November 23, 1961
9 "The Patriarch of Purgatory" November 30, 1961
10 "The Shaggy Kings" December 7, 1961
11 "Coals of Fire" January 4, 1962
12 "The Balloon Girl" January 11, 1962
13 "Mr. Grady Regrets" January 25, 1962
14 "Quick Shuffle" February 1, 1962
15 "The Courtship" February 19, 1962
16 "Stopover in Paradise" February 22, 1962
17 "Calamity Circus" March 8, 1962
18 "The Inheritance" March 15, 1962
19 "Naomi Champagne" March 29, 1962
20 "Mighty Like Rogues" April 5, 1962
21 "Never Won Fair Lady" April 12, 1962
22 "The Good Fight" April 19, 1962
23 "The Clan MacDuff" April 26, 1962
24 "The Race" May 3, 1962
25 "The Daring Durandos" May 17, 1962
26 "Incident at Pawnee Gun" September 6, 1962

Reception[edit]

Frontier Circus ran opposite two ABC sitcoms, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and The Donna Reed Show and another western series, The Outlaws on NBC, starring Barton MacLane and Don Collier. The difference between its plot and the plot of most standard Westerns may have led to its short run.

DVD release[edit]

Timeless Media Group released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 on April 20, 2010.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frontier Circus - The Complete Series". tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 

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