Cade's County

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Cade's County
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Crime drama
Created byRick Husky
Anthony Wilson
StarringGlenn Ford
Edgar Buchanan
Victor Campos
Taylor Lacher
Peter Ford
Betty Ann Carr
Theme music composerHenry Mancini
ComposersHenry Mancini
Duane Tatro
Tom Scott
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Executive producerDavid Gerber
ProducerCharles Larson
Running time60 mins.
Production companiesDavid Gerber Productions
20th Century-Fox Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1971 (1971-09-19) –
April 9, 1972 (1972-04-09)

Cade's County is a modern-day Western/crime drama which aired Sundays at 9:30 pm (EST) on CBS during the 1971–1972 television season. There were 24 episodes.


Cade's County starred well-known Hollywood actor Glenn Ford as Sam Cade, the sheriff of the fictional Madrid County, a vast and sparsely populated desert area that was apparently located well inland in the American Southwest. The state in which it was located was never mentioned; it could have been California (where much of the location filming took place), Utah, Nevada, New Mexico or Arizona. Cade made occasional references to going to "Capitol City" for hearings and meetings. There is a town named Madrid, New Mexico, however, it is pronounced "MAD-rid", and is not a county seat.

Cade's character was complex and interesting, though never fully developed. He came from a socially prominent and well-to-do family in the county, had served in the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot — there was one reference to the Korean War — and had been an FBI agent, after which he returned to Madrid County to become sheriff. There were no references to a wife or close family in the series.

His chief deputy was J. J. Jackson, portrayed by the character actor Edgar Buchanan. While Cade had traveled the world, and had modern law enforcement training, Jackson had apparently spent most of his life and career in Madrid County. Writers avoided the stereotypical combination of "resistant-to-change veteran" and "newly hatched expert" – Jackson was a capable and competent right-hand man, Cade firmly in control but trusted by his people, who called him "Sam".

Together they fought to maintain law and order against violent miners, cattle thieves and other lawbreakers who, for the most part, would have seemed at home in Westerns set in any era. Cade usually drove a jeep, as many of the roads in his jurisdiction were apparently little more than tracks across the sand.

Several of the characters, including some of Cade's deputies, were Native Americans. Another deputy was played by Ford's son, Pete (also the name of his character).

After summer hiatus, Cade's County was replaced in the 1972–1973 fall TV season by the hugely successful TV series M*A*S*H. Several episodes of Cade's County were released together in 1991 on VHS format under the title Sam Cade — Marshal of Madrid. A two-part episode, Slay Ride, was released as a television feature film, occasionally broadcast by independent television stations.

The musical theme for the show was composed by Henry Mancini. The title music appeared in an expanded version in the album Big Screen, Little Screen.



# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Homecoming"Marvin J. ChomskyEric Bercovici, Cliff Gould & Jerrold L. LudwigSeptember 19, 1971 (1971-09-19)
Cade is about to reunite with an old friend (Darren McGavin), who has murder, rather than reminiscing, on his mind.
2"Company Town"Robert DayCliff GouldSeptember 26, 1971 (1971-09-26)
After a murder, Cade decides to break a mine owner's (Will Geer) hold on a small town.
3"Safe Deposit"Reza BadiyiLuther DavisOctober 3, 1971 (1971-10-03)
Bank robbers take Cade and Arlo hostage. Nora Marlowe guest stars as Miss Glaskill.
4"Crisscross"Richard DonnerCharles Larson & Jack TurleyOctober 10, 1971 (1971-10-10)
A series of murders leads to a border smuggling ring run by an oil magnate (James Gregory).
5"Violent Echo"David Lowell RichJim Byrne & Cliff GouldOctober 24, 1971 (1971-10-24)
After the final appeal fails, Cade re-opens the case of a man (William Windom) convicted of murder.
6"Gray Wolf"Alf KjellinCharles Larson & Clyde WareOctober 31, 1971 (1971-10-31)
An unarmed Cade tracks a murderous former deputy trainee (Cameron Mitchell) into a wolf-ridden wilderness.
7"The Armageddon Contract"Paul StanleyStephen Kandel & Charles LarsonNovember 7, 1971 (1971-11-07)
A saboteur (William Shatner) threatens to blow up a nearby atomic-missile base.
8"The Mustangers"Irving J. MooreCliff Gould & Robert M. YoungNovember 14, 1971 (1971-11-14)
A hunter (George Maharis) helps a group of cowboys illegally capture wild horses and sell them for profit.
9"Delegate at Large"Marvin J. ChomskyCliff Gould, Charles Larson & Harold MedfordNovember 21, 1971 (1971-11-21)
Murderous jewel thieves may have one of Cade's deputies, so the Sheriff decides to work with a Los Angeles cop (L. Q. Jones) to find the abductors.
10"A Gun for Billy"Richard DonnerAnthony Wilson, Rick Husky & Anthony LawrenceNovember 28, 1971 (1971-11-28)
A crazed young gunslinger (Bobby Darin), believing he is the reincarnation of Billy the Kid, sets his sights on Cade, his Pat Garrett. Linda Cristal guest stars.
11"Requiem for Miss Madrid"Joseph PevneyRick Husky & Charles LarsonDecember 12, 1971 (1971-12-12)
Cade searches for the killer (Broderick Crawford) of a former beauty queen.
12"The Alien Land"Irving J. MooreJackson Gillis & Charles LarsonDecember 19, 1971 (1971-12-19)
A ranch foreman's murder leads to a lovesick girl, her possessive father and Middle East politics.
13"Shakedown"Lee MaddenWarren B. Duff & Cliff GouldJanuary 9, 1972 (1972-01-09)
In an effort to find evidence on the leader (Anthony Zerbe) of a gold smuggling operation, Cade must go undercover posing as a blackmailer.
14"One Small Acceptable Death"Irving J. MooreMichael GleasonJanuary 16, 1972 (1972-01-16)
A slain drunk's companion (David Wayne) claims he saw a famous tycoon (William Smithers) at the murder scene.
15"The Brothers"Alf KjellinRobert M. YoungJanuary 23, 1972 (1972-01-23)
Arlo's brother (Christopher Stone) plans a perfect crime.
16"Slay Ride: Part 1"Robert DayRick Husky & Anthony WilsonJanuary 31, 1972 (1972-01-31)
After a killing, an Apache (Tony Bill) confesses readily to the crime but Sam Cade isn't convinced of his guilt.
17"Slay Ride: Part 2"Robert DayRick Husky & Anthony WilsonFebruary 6, 1972 (1972-02-06)
A big city cop (Gerald S. O'Loughlin) joins Cade in his continuing search for a killer.
18"Dead Past"Lee MaddenAlvin Boretz & Cliff GouldFebruary 13, 1972 (1972-02-13)
An archaeology professor (Simon Oakland) becomes the target of a murder plot.
19"Inferno"Lee PhilipsTBAFebruary 27, 1972 (1972-02-27)
A son (Scott Marlowe) sets out to destroy the family business.
20"Ragged Edge"George MarshallTBAMarch 5, 1972 (1972-03-05)
A child gets kidnapped and can only be freed with an unusual ransom — an imprisoned drug dealer (Jack Carter).
21"Jesse"Marvin J. ChomskyTBAMarch 12, 1972 (1972-03-12)
A woman (Barbara Rush) accused of murder finds herself trapped in a maze of circumstantial evidence. Cade tries to get at the truth.
22"Blackout"Richard DonnerTBAMarch 19, 1972 (1972-03-19)
A mobster (Edward Asner) who got out of the rackets finds himself framed for murder.
23"The Fake"Leo PennPat FielderMarch 26, 1972 (1972-03-26)
The trail of an art collector's killer (O. J. Simpson) leads to a museum director and a mobster.
24"The Witness"Michael O'HerlihyCliff GouldApril 9, 1972 (1972-04-09)
An Indian chief's beliefs prevent him from giving evidence in a trapper's murder.


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