Death Valley Days

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Death Valley Days
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Early logo of Death Valley Days
Presented by
StarringSee list
Narrated byMerle Haggard (1975 re-broadcasts)
Theme music composerHerbert Taylor
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons18
No. of episodes452
Executive producers
  • Jack Wheeler
  • Anthony Wollner
Running time25 min.
Production companies
Original networkSyndication
Picture format4:3 35mm black and white/colour
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMarch 1, 1952 (1952-03-01) –
April 24, 1970 (1970-04-24)

Death Valley Days is an American old-time radio and television anthology series featuring true accounts of the American Old West, particularly the Death Valley country of southeastern California. Created in 1930 by Ruth Woodman, the program was broadcast on radio until 1945. From 1952 to 1970, it became a syndicated television series, with reruns (updated with new narrations) continuing through August 1, 1975. The radio and television versions combined to make the show "one of the longest-running Western programs in broadcast history."[1]

The series was sponsored by the Pacific Coast Borax Company (20 Mule Team Borax, Boraxo) and hosted by Stanley Andrews ("The Old Ranger") (1952–1964), Ronald Reagan (1964–1965), Rosemary DeCamp (1965), Robert Taylor (1966–1969), and Dale Robertson (1969–1970). With the death of Dale Robertson in 2013, all former Death Valley Days hosts are now deceased. Hosting the series was Reagan's final work as an actor; he left the series to run in 1966 for Governor of California.

The television series was conceived by Pacific Coast Borax Company's advertising agency McCann-Erickson through company executive Dorothy McCann and Mitchell J. Hamilburg, who represented Gene Autry's Flying A Productions.[2]

In the 1955–1956 season, NBC offered Frontier, an anthology Western series similar to Death Valley Days hosted by Walter Coy. Though Frontier, a springboard for the Western actor Jack Elam, was nominated for an Emmy Award, it was cancelled after a single season.


Stanley Andrews as "The Old Ranger", first host of Death Valley Days

Each of the 452 television episodes was introduced by a host. The longest-running was "The Old Ranger," a character played by veteran actor Stanley Andrews.

Following the departure of Andrews, all subsequent hosts appeared under their own names. The first was Ronald Reagan, the former host of CBS's General Electric Theater and future governor and U.S. President from 1981 to 1989. Reagan acted in twenty-one episodes of Death Valley Days, including the 1965 segment "A City Is Born." In that one, he played mining developer Charles Poston, the "Father of Arizona". In 1965, Rosemary DeCamp subbed for Ronald Reagan as host on Death Valley Days. FCC rules of the time compelled the removal of Reagan's scenes when the show was telecast in California, where he was running for governor. Then the Death Valley Days hosting position went to Reagan's friend and fellow Hollywood actor, Robert Taylor. Like Reagan, Taylor appeared as a character in some of the shows, including "The Day All Marriages Were Cancelled" (1966), also based on the career of Charles Poston.

Taylor portrayed Horace Bell in another 1967 episode, "Major Horace Bell." In the story line, Major Bell, an early settler of Los Angeles, rescues from lynching and defends a man who has been accused of murder.[3] That same year in the episode "Shanghai Kelly's Birthday Party," Taylor played James Kelly of San Francisco, who shanghaied sailors onto ships bound for the Far East with the expectation that none would return to accuse Kelly of a crime.[4]

Taylor played Texas John Slaughter, a role most associated with Tom Tryon, in the 1968 Death Valley Days episode "A Short Cut through Tombstone." Buck Taylor (no relation) played his deputy, Billy Stiles. Ned Romero was cast as the Geronimo Kid.[5] He played Porter Stockton in the 1967 episode "Halo for a Badman" with Marion Ross as his wife. In the story line, Stockton, an ex-convict, is hired by Mayor Engley (Roy Barcroft) as the marshal of the former Animas City, near Durango in southwestern Colorado, because local officials believe that Stockton can withstand outlaws who have robbed every gold shipment sent out of town. One of the towspeople George Neise, however, tragically thinks Stockton has not reformed but is still involved with the gangs.[6] As Charles Marion Russell he must decide if the Old West he loves should be protected by those outside the law like Buck Don Megowan; his future wife Nancy Susan Brown gives him some inspirational insight.

When Taylor became gravely ill in 1969, he was succeeded by Dale Robertson, former star of two other western series, Tales of Wells Fargo and Iron Horse. Production of new episodes ceased in 1970, but singer Merle Haggard provided narration in 1975 for some previously made episodes.

Guest stars[edit]


Parts of the series were filmed in Kanab, Utah.[7] Most episodes, though, were filmed in Los Angeles, California.

As the series continued on the air, episodes began to focus on nearly any portion of the American West, not just the Death Valley country. Most episodes portrayed events in the late 19th century, the heyday of the "Old West". Some, however, were set in much earlier times, especially the Spanish colonial era, and a few recounted stories from the early 20th century.

For its first two years, the series was produced by Autry's Flying A Productions; then from 1954 to 1959, it was handled by McGowan Productions, also known for the Sky King series.[8] Filmaster Productions Inc., which produced the first several seasons of Gunsmoke for CBS Television, took over production of the series after 1959. Madison Productions began to produce the series in 1965.[9]

Although Rio Tinto, successor-in-interest to the series' original sponsor, U.S. Borax, still has a financial stake in this show because copyrights are still held by the United States Borax and Chemical Corporation, the major rights are now held by Element 5 Media, LLC for the broadcast rights and home video rights.

Death Valley Days is by far the most successful syndicated television western series, the most successful television western ever in the half-hour format, and one of the longest-running and most successful of all scripted syndicated series. The end of the series, coupled with the end of Bonanza in 1973 and Gunsmoke in 1975, marked the demise of the traditional Western era in American television; by the middle 1970s, although western elements were still fairly common in modern series, such as Little House on the Prairie, pure western series were a thing of the past.

The stories used in the series were based on actual events. The episode titled "Death Valley Scotty" was based on the record-breaking run of the 1905 Scott Special chartered by Walter E. Scott, a.k.a. "Death Valley Scotty."


Under the Death Valley Days title, the program was sponsored by the Pacific Coast Borax Company, which during the program's run changed its name to U.S. Borax Company following a merger. Advertisements for the company's best-known products, 20 Mule Team Borax, a laundry additive, Borateem, a laundry detergent, and Boraxo, a powdered hand soap, were often done by the program's host. Death Valley was the scene of much of the company's borax mining operations. The "20-Mule Team Borax" consumer products division of U.S. Borax was eventually bought out by the Dial Corporation, which as of 2014, as a division of the German consumer products concern Henkel, still manufactures and markets them. Rio Tinto Group absorbed the U.S. Borax mining operations in 1968[10] and now owns the TV series.[11]


Paul Korver's company Cinelicious in Hollywood was part of the restoration of the TV series Death Valley Days, restoring 458 half-hour film episodes. Cinelicious worked with U.S. Borax Film Archives and Rio Tinto Group in preserving the TV series. The 16mm, and 35 mm film of Death Valley Days was scanned at 4K resolution for film preservation on a Scanity starting in 2013.[12][13]


During the latter years of the series, some new episodes were still being made while older episodes were already in syndication. In some markets, new episodes could even be running in competition with older ones. To make it easier for viewers to distinguish between old and new, some blocks of syndicated Death Valley Days episodes were shown under other series names and with different hosts. This was common practice at the time among syndicated series because it was easy to reshoot the hosting portions of an episode without affecting the main content. Alternate series titles and their respective hosts included Frontier Adventure (Dale Robertson), The Pioneers (Will Rogers, Jr.), Trails West (Ray Milland), Western Star Theater (Rory Calhoun), and Call of the West (John Payne). The last title was also often applied to the series' memorable, haunting theme music.


Some episodes of the series were re-run with different sponsorship under the title The Pioneers.[14]

The restored TV series is currently broadcast on the Grit network in the United States.[15]

Two episodes of Death Valley Days are shown weekdays beginning at 6:35 p.m. Eastern on the Encore Westerns Channel.

Home media[edit]

Shout! Factory (on behalf of Element 5 Media LLC and Rio Tinto), has released the first two seasons on DVD in Region 1.[16][17] Both seasons were released as Walmart exclusives. The third season was released on March 21, 2017[18] The thirteenth season was released on July 31, 2017 as a Walmart exclusive. Then, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 the title "went wide" with a general retail release.[19] The fourteenth season was released on January 2, 2018.[20]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 18 March 29, 2016
The Complete Second Season 18 July 12, 2016
The Complete Third Season 18 March 21, 2017
The Complete Thirteenth Season 26 October 3, 2017
The Complete Fourteenth Season 26 January 2, 2018

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1955 Emmy Award Best Western or Adventure Series Death Valley Days Nominated
1961 Western Heritage Awards Best Factual Television Program Ruth Woodman and Nat Perrin (For episode "The Great Lounsberry Scoop") Won

See also[edit]



SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedBlack & White / Color
First airedLast aired
1181952 (1952)1953 (1953)Black & White
2181953 (1953)1954 (1954)Black & White
3181954 (1954)1955 (1955)Black & White
4211955 (1955)1956 (1956)Black & White
5171956 (1956)1957 (1957)Black & White
6251957 (1957)1958 (1958)Black & White
7331958 (1958)1959 (1959)Black & White
8381959 (1959)1960 (1960)Black & White
9301960 (1960)1961 (1961)Black & White
10261961 (1961)1962 (1962)Black & White
11261962 (1962)1963 (1963)23 B&W, 3 Color
12261963 (1963)1964 (1964)16 B&W, 10 Color
13261964 (1964)1965 (1965)Color
14261965 (1965)1966 (1966)Color
15261966 (1966)1967 (1967)Color
16261967 (1967)1968 (1968)Color
17261968 (1968)1969 (1969)Color
18261969 (1969)1970 (1970)Color
Total4521952 (1952)1970 (1970)283 B&W, 169 Color

Season 1 (1952-53)[edit]

No. in
11"How Death Valley Got Its Name"
22"She Burns Green"
33"The Death Valley Kid"
44"The Lost Pegleg Mine"
55"The Little Bullfrog Nugget"
66"Self-Made Man"
77"The Chivaree"
88"The Little Dressmaker of Bodie"
99"Cynthy's Dream Dress"
1010"The Rival Hash Houses"
1111"The Lady with the Blue Silk Umbrella"
1212"Swamper Ike"
1313"The Bell of San Gabriel"
1414"Claim Jumpin' Jennie"
1515"The Bandits of Panamint"
1616"Sego Lilies"
1717"Little Oscar's Millions"
1818"Land of the Free"

Season 2 (1953-54)[edit]

No. in
191"The Diamond Babe"
202"Little Washington"
213"Solomon in All His Glory"
224"Which Side of the Fence?"
235"Whirlwind Courtship"
246"Dear Teacher"
257"One in a Hundred"
268"Little Papeete"
279"Lotta Crabtree"
2911"The Twelve Pound Nugget"
3012"Jimmy Dayton's Treasure"
3113"Snowshoe Thompson"
3214"Husband Pro-Tem"
3315"The Kickapoo Run"
3416"Sixth Sense"
3517"The Rainbow Chaser"
3618"Mr. Godiva"

Season 3 (1954-55)[edit]

No. in
371"The Saint's Portrait"
382"11,000 Miners Can't Be Wrong"
393"Halfway Girl"
404"Black Bart"
415"The Light on the Mountain"
426"To Big Charlie from Little Charlie"
448"Lola Montez"
459"The Big Team Rolls"
4610"Death and Taxes"
4711"Riggs and Riggs"
4812"Million Dollar Wedding"
4913"Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"
5014"The Seventh Day"
5115"The Mormon's Grindstone"
5216"Death Valley Scotty"
5317"The Crystal Gazer"
5418"I Am Joaquin"

Season 4 (1955-56)[edit]

No. in
562"The Valencia Cake"
573"A Killing in Diamonds"
584"The Homeliest Man in Nevada"
595"Miracle of the Sea Gulls"
606"Wildcat's First Piano"
617"California's First Ice Man"
628"The Hangman Waits"
639"Gold Is Where You Find It"
6410"The Man Who'd Bet on Anything"
6511"The Baron of Arizona"
6612"Nevada's Plymouth Rock"
6713"The Hoodoo Mine"
6814"Mr. Bigfoot"
7016"Two Bits"
7117"Bill Bottle's Birthday"
7218"The Sinbuster"
7319"Pay Dirt"
7420"The Longest Beard in the World"
7521"Emperor Norton"

Season 5 (1956-57)[edit]

No. in
761"Faro Bill's Layout"
772"The Bear Flag"
783"Pat Garrett's Side of It"
794"The Hidden Treasure of Cucamonga"
816"The Rose of Rhyolite"
827"The Last Letter"
838"Year of Destiny"
849"Mercer Girl"
8510"California's Paul Revere"
8611"The Trial of Red Haskell"
8712"The Washington Elm"
8813"The Rosebush of Tombstone"
8914"The Luck of the Irish"
9015"Lady Engineer"
9116"Train of Events"
9217"The Man Who Was Never Licked"

Season 6 (1957-58)[edit]

No. in
931"California Gold Rush in Reverse"
942"Camel Train"
953"California's First Schoolmarm"
964"Arsenic Springs"
975"Fifty Years a Mystery"
986"Fifteen Paces to Fame"
997"The Calico Dog"
1008"Rough and Ready"
1019"The Last Bad Man"
10210"The Greatest Scout of All"
10311"Empire of Youth"
10412"Wheel of Fortune"
10513"Man on the Run"
10614"Birth of a Boom"
10715"Yankee Pirate"
10816"Ten in Texas"
10917"Auto Intoxication"
11018"Two-Gun Nan"
11119"Cockeyed Charlie Parkhurst"
11220"The Great Amulet"
11321"The Telescope Eye"
11422"The Mystery of Suicide Gulch"
11523"The Big Rendezvous"
11624"The Girl Who Walked with a Giant"
11725"Jerkline Jitters"

Season 7 (1958-59)[edit]

No. in
1181"Head of the House"
1192"The Capture"
1203"Ship of No Return"
1214"The Moving-Out of Minnie"
1225"The Red Flannel Shirt"
1236"Big Liz"
1247"Thorn of the Rose"
1258"The Jackass Mail"
1269"Perilous Cargo"
12710"The Gambler and the Lady"
12811"Quong Kee"
12912"Old Gabe"
13013"The Gunsmith"
13114"A Piano Goes West"
13215"A Bullet for the Captain"
13316"A Town Is Born"
13417"Sailor on a Horse"
13518"Gold Lake"
13619"Wheelbarrow Johnny"
13720"Stagecoach Spy"
13821"Eruption at Volcano"
13922"Price of a Passport"
14023"Pioneer Circus"
14124"The Invaders"
14225"The Blond King"
14326"The Newspaper That Went to Jail"
14427"Old Blue"
14528"Perilous Refuge"
14629"The Talking Wire"
14730"RX: Slow Death"
14831"Half a Loaf"
14932"Valley of Danger"
15033"Forty Steps to Glory"

Season 8 (1959-60)[edit]

No. in
1522"Gates-Ajar Morgan"
1533"Sam Kee and Uncle Sam"
1544"The Grand Duke"
1555"Fair Exchange"
1566"The Scalpel and the Gun"
1577"Indian Emily"
1588"Hang 'Em High"
1599"Tribal Justice"
16010"The Little Trooper"
16111"Ten Feet of Nothing"
16212"Lady of the Press"
16313"The Reluctant Gun"
16414"His Brother's Keeper"
16515"The Devil's Due"
16616"Money to Burn"
16717"Dogs of the Mist"
16818"The Wedding Dress"
16919"Shadow on the Window"
17020"The Battle of Mokelumne Hill"
17121"The Strangers"
17222"Goodbye Five Hundred Pesos"
17323"Forbidden Wedding"
17424"One Man Tank"
17525"Man on the Road"
17626"The Man Everyone Hated"
17727"The General Who Disapproved"
17828"The Million Dollar Pants"
17929"Pirates of San Francisco"
18030"A Woman's Rights"
18131"Eagle in the Rocks"
18232"Cap'n Pegleg"
18333"Emma is Coming"
18434"Human Sacrifice"
18535"Pete Kitchen's Wedding Night"
18636"Mission to the Mountains"
18737"The Great Lounsberry Scoop"
18838"Somewhere in the Vultures"

Season 9 (1960-61)[edit]

No. in
1891"Pamela's Oxen"
1902"Splinter Station"
1913"Queen of the High-Graders"
1924"Devil's Bar"
1935"Learnin' at Dirty Devil"
1946"Yankee Confederate"
1957"The Gentle Sword"
1968"Extra Guns"
1979"The White Healer"
19810"The Wind at Your Back"
20012"A Girl Named Virginia"
20113"City of Widows"
20214"The Young Gun"
20315"The Lady Was an M.D."
20416"The Salt War"
20517"The Madstone"
20618"Deadline at Austin"
20719"South of Horror Flats"
20820"Gamble with Death"
20921"White Gold"
21022"Dead Man's Tale"
21123"Who's for Divide?"
21224"Dangerous Crossing"
21325"Death Ride"
21527"The Red Petticoat"
21628"The Stolen City"
21729"A General Without Cause"
21830"The Deserters"

Season 10 (1961-62)[edit]

No. in
2191"Treasure of Elk Creek Canyon"
2202"A Bullet for the D.A."
2213"Lieutenant Bungle"
2224"Trial by Fear"
2235"Queen of Spades"
2246"Alias James Stuart"
2257"Storm Over Truckee"
2268"The Hold-Up Proof Safe"
2279"The Watch"
22810"Miracle at Boot Hill"
22911"Sponge Full of Vinegar"
23012"The Truth Teller"
23113"Experiment in Fear"
23214"Feud at Dome Rock"
23315"Justice at Jackson Creek"
23416"Preacher with a Past"
23517"Abel Duncan's Dying Wish"
23618"Way Station"
23719"Miracle at Whiskey Gulch"
23820"A Matter of Honor"
23921"The Breaking Point"
24022"Girl with a Gun"
24123"Showdown at Kamaaina Flats"
24224"La Tules"
24325"The Unshakeable Man"
24426"Third Passenger"

Season 11 (1962-63)[edit]

Season 11 has 3 episodes produced in color, episodes 7, 8 and 9.

No. in
2451"Hangtown Fry"
2462"Fort Bowie: Urgent"
2484"Pioneer Doctor"
2495"The $275,000 Sack of Flour"
2506"The Last Shot"
2517"To Walk with Greatness"
2528"The Grass Man"
2539"Davy's Friend"
25410"Loss of Faith"
25612"The Private Mint of Clark, Gruber and Company"
25713"The Hat That Wore the West"
25814"The Vintage Years"
25915"Phantom Procession"
26016"A Gun is Not a Gentleman"
26117"Stubborn Mule Hill"
26218"The Lion of Idaho"
26319"The Train and Lucy Tutaine"
26420"Diamond Jim Brady"
26521"Grotto of Death"
26622"The Debt"
26723"Shadow of Violence"
26824"Coffin for a Coward"
26925"The Melancholy Gun"
27026"With Honesty and Integrity"

Season 12 (1963-64)[edit]

Season 12 has 10 episodes produced in color, episodes 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 20.

No. in
2711"Thar She Blows"
2722"Measure of a Man"
2733"A Kingdom for a Horse"
2744"Diamond Field Jack"
2755"Deadly Decision"
2766"The Man Who Died Twice"
2777"The Holy Terror"
2788"The Peacemaker"
2799"Three Minutes to Eternity"
28010"The Red Ghost of Eagle Creek"
28111"Graydon's Charge"
28212"Little Cayuse"
28313"The Wooing of Perilous Pauline"
28414"Sixty-Seven Miles of Gold"
28515"The Paper Dynasty"
28616"The Westside of Heaven"
28717"Hastings Cut-Off"
28818"The Law of the Round Tent"
28919"The Bigger They Are"
29020"The Last Stagecoach Robbery"
29121"A Book of Spanish Grammar"
29222"Trial at Belle's Springs"
29323"After the O.K. Corral"
29424"The Quiet and the Fury"
29525"See the Elephant and Hear the Owl"
29626"The Streets of El Paso"

Season 13 (1964-65)[edit]

All episodes in color.

No. in
2971"Honor the Name Dennis Driscoll"
2982"The Lucky Cow"
2993"Big John and the Rainmaker"
3004"From the Earth, a Heritage"
3015"The Other White Man"
3026"The Hero of Fort Halleck"
3037"The Left Hand is Damned"
3048"There Was Another Dalton Brother"
3059"Tribute to the Dog"
30610"The $25,000 Wager"
30711"A Bargain is for Keeping"
30812"Peter the Hunter"
30913"Paid in Full"
31014"A Bell for Volcano"
31115"The Trouble with Taxes"
31216"The Race at Cherry Creek"
31317"Death in the Desert"
31418"Raid on the San Francisco Mint"
31519"Magic Locket"
31620"The Battle of San Francisco Bay"
31721"The Wild West's Biggest Train Holdup"
31822"No Gun Behind His Badge"
31923"Fighting Sky Pilot"
32024"The Journey"
32125"Kate Melville and the Law"

Season 14 (1965-66)[edit]

No. in
3231"Temporary Warden"
3242"Captain Dick Mine"
3253"The Lawless Have Laws"
3264"The Great Turkey War"
3275"The Rider"
3286"Traveling Trees"
3297"No Place for a Lady"
3308"A City is Born"
3319"The Book"
33210"Mrs. Romney and the Outlaws"
33311"Dry Water Sailors"
33412"Devil's Gate"
33513"The Red Shawl"
33614"A Picture of a Lady"
33715"Canary Harris vs. the Almighty"
33816"The Fastest Nun in the West"
33917"The Fight San Francisco Never Forgot"
34018"The Courtship of Carrie Huntington"
34119"The Water Bringer"
34220"Crullers at Sundown!"
34321"Hugh Glass Meets the Bear"
34422"The Firebrand"
34523"The Hat That Huldah Wore"
34624"The Four Dollar Law Suit"
34725"An Organ for Brother Brigham"
34826"Lady of the Plains"

Season 15 (1966-67)[edit]

No. in
3491"The Day All Marriages Were Cancelled"
3502"The Solid Gold Cavity"
3513"The Resurrection of Deadwood Dick"
3524"Brute Angel"
3535"Sense of Justice"
3546"The Lady and the Sourdough"
3557"The Kid from Hell's Kitchen"
3568"Samaritans, Mountain Style"
3579"One Fast Injun"
35810"The Jolly Roger and Wells Fargo"
35911"The Hero of Apache Pass"
36012"The Gypsy"
36113"A Calamity Called Jane"
36214"Doc Holiday's Gold Bars"
36315"Silver Tombstone"
36416"The Man Who Didn't Want Gold"
36517"Halo for a Badman"
36618"A Wrangler's Last Ride"
36719"The Man Who Wouldn't Die"
36820"The Saga of Dr. Davis"
36921"Major Horace Bell"
37022"The Day They Stole the Salamander"
37123"Siege at Amelia's Kitchen"
37224"Solid Foundation"
37325"Along Came Mariana"
37426"A Man Called Abraham"

Season 16 (1967-68)[edit]

No. in
3751"Shanghai Kelly's Birthday Party"
3762"Chicken Bill"
3773"Let My People Go"
3784"The Lone Grave"
3795"The Girl Who Walked the West"
3806"The Informer Who Cried"
3817"Spring Rendezvous"
3828"Lost Sheep in Trinidad"
3839"The Saga of Sadie Orchard"
38410"The Indiana Girl"
38511"Prince of the Oyster Pirates"
38612"The Friend"
38713"The Great Diamond Mines"
38814"Count Me In, Count Me Out"
38915"Dress for a Desert Girl"
39016"Britta Goes Home"
39117"Bread on the Desert"
39218"Green is the Color of Gold"
39319"Out of the Valley of Death"
39420"The Gold Mine on Main Street"
39521"A Friend Indeed"
39622"The Thirty-Caliber Town"
39723"The Other Side of the Mountain"
39824"By the Book"
39925"The Pieces of the Puzzle"
40026"Tall Heart, Short Temper"

Season 17 (1968-69)[edit]

No. in
4011"The Secret of the Black Prince"
4022"The Leprechaun of Last Chance Gulch"
4033"Ton of Tin"
4044"The Sage Hen"
4055"The Other Cheek"
4066"A Mule... Like the Army's Mule"
4077"Lottie's Legacy"
4088"Lady with a Past"
4099"A Short Cut Through Tombstone"
41010"Up the Chimney"
41111"The World's Greatest Swimming Horse"
41212"Ten Day Millionaires"
41313"A Restless Man"
41414"A Gift"
41515"Solomon's Glory"
41616"The Understanding"
41717"Long Night at Fort Lonely"
41818"Here Stands Bailey"
41919"The Angel of Tombstone"
42020"A Full House"
42121"How to Beat a Badman"
42222"A Key for the Fort"
42323"Drop Out"
42424"The Oldest Law"
42525"Lucia Darling and the Ostrich"
42626"Jimmy Dayton's Bonanza"

Season 18 (1969-70)[edit]

No. in
4271"The Taming of Trudy Bell"
4282"Tracy's Triumph"
4293"Old Stape"
4304"The Tenderfoot"
4315"Biscuits and Billy, the Kid"
4326"Son of Thunder"
4337"The Lady Doctor"
4348"The Great Pinto Bean Gold Hunt"
4359"The Visitor"
43610"The King of Uvalde Road"
43711"The Mezcla Man"
43812"Pioneer Pluck"
43913"A Simple Question of Justice"
44014"The Wizard of Aberdeen"
44115"The Dragon of Gold Hill"
44216"The Biggest Little Post Office in the World"
44317"A Saint of Travelers"
44418"Talk to Me, Charley"
44519"Amos and the Black Bull"
44620"The Man Who Planted Gold in California"
44721"The Solid Gold Pie"
44822"A Gift from Father Tapis"
44923"Clum's Constabulary"
45024"The Contract"
45125"The Duke of Tombstone"
45226"Early Candle Lighten"


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