Wichita Town

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Wichita Town
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Original title card for the series
Format Western
Starring Joel McCrea
Jody McCrea
Carlos Romero
George Neise
Robert Foulk
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black and white (1959-1960)
Original run September 30, 1959 – April 6, 1960
Joel McCrea as Mike Dunbar

Wichita Town is a half-hour western television series starring Joel McCrea, Jody McCrea, Carlos Romero, and George Neise that aired on NBC from September 30, 1959, until April 6, 1960.

Joel McCrea played Marshal Mike Dunbar, in charge of keeping the peace the booming cowtown of Wichita, Kansas. His deputies were Ben Matheson, played by McCrea's real life son, Jody, and Rico Rodriquez, portrayed by Carlos Romero. Making occasional appearances were the town doctor, Nat Wyndham (played by George Neise), the blacksmith, Aeneas MacLinahan (played by Robert Anderson), and the bartender in the local saloon, Joe Kingston, played in six episodes by Robert Foulk.

The model for shows such as these had already been laid out by other western programs such as Gunsmoke, Lawman, and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, so Wichita Town may not have been unique in its plotting and structure. The two most unusual features about the series were the presence of Joel McCrea, a favorite of Western movie audiences for his performance in such films as Union Pacific, Buffalo Bill, and Ramrod, and the fact that his real life son was in Wichita Town, but did not play his son. Wichita Town was produced by Mirisch Company and Joel McCrea's Production company for Four Star Television and aired for a single season.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Ben Cooper, as Tom Warren in "Passage to the Enemy"
  • Frank Ferguson, as Mayor Eric Holbein in "The Night the Cowboys Roared" (1959) and "The Frontiersman (1960)
  • Jock Gaynor's first acting appearance was as Joe Malone in Wichita Town. Later that year he landed a supporting role on another NBC western, Outlaws.
  • Ron Hayes, as Scotty in the episode "Sidekicks"
  • Nan Leslie, formerly of NBC's The Californians, cast on Wichita Town as Margaret Cook in "Day of Battle" (1959)
  • Suzanne Lloyd, as Laura in "Afternoon in Town" and "Sidekicks" (1960)
  • Mort Mills, as Pete Bennett in "Man on the Hill" (1959)

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