Jericho (1966 TV series)
|Created by||Richard Levinson
Merwin A. Bloch
|Directed by||Allen Baron
Richard C. Sarafian
|Theme music composer||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer(s)||Norman Felton|
|Running time||48 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Arena Productions
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original release||September 15, 1966– January 19, 1967|
Plot and production
Norman Felton who had previously co-produced The Man from U.N.C.L.E. came up with the idea of a World War II espionage series produced by his Arena Productions through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television for the CBS television network. The characters were perhaps inspired by the Jedburgh teams consisting of three agents, American Office of Strategic Services Army Captain Franklin Shepphard (Francks) expert in psychological warfare, Special Operations Executive Royal Navy Lieutenant Nicholas Gage (Leyton) expert in demolitions, and French Air Force Lt. Jean-Gaston Andre (Masé) skilled in small arms. Each week the three performed a mission behind enemy lines using their skills in espionage and sabotage where they met a guest star. Eric Braeden, who would be one of the stars of the more successful World War II series The Rat Patrol (which began that same season), was one of the guest stars in the pilot.
The Jericho theme was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, although Goldsmith did not score the pilot episode "Upbeat And Underground" (Lalo Schifrin composed the music for the pilot and a theme which was never used) - Goldsmith's theme came from his score for "A Jug Of Wine, A Loaf Of Bread And Pow!"
In June 2005, Film Score Monthly released an album of music from the series, twinned with the score Johnny Williams composed for the unsold pilot The Ghostbreaker (also produced by Arena Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television) - the latter score occupies tracks 13-22.
- Jericho Main Title - Jerry Goldsmith (1:04)
- A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Pow! - Jerry Goldsmith (10:52)
- Upbeat and Underground - Lalo Schifrin (8:47)
- Dutch and Go - Morton Stevens (4:38)
- Have Traitor, Will Travel - Morton Stevens (2:29)
- The Big Brass Contraband - Richard Shores (3:41)
- Wall to Wall Kaput - Richard Shores (2:07)
- Eric the Redhead - Gerald Fried (5:33)
- One for the Mountain - Richard Shores (3:16)
- Two for the Road - Richard Shores (4:49)
- Four O'clock Bomb to London - Richard Shores (4:29)
- Alternate Main Title - Lalo Schifrin (:45)
- The Ghostbreaker Main Title (1:01)
- Teaser (3:39)
- Act I: The Spooked Skyscraper Strikes Again (2:08)
- Men of Unitran (1:44)
- Act II: Accent the Supernatural (3:00)
- Greensleeves (1:24)
- Act III: Don't Trip Over Diablo (3:57)
- Organ Piece (2:31)
- Act IV: To Outspook a Spook (6:25)
- End Credits (:49)
On June 16, 2015, Warner Bros. released Jericho- The Complete Series on DVD via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
- p.180 Britton, Wesley Allen Spy Television 2004 Praegeer
- "Jericho/The Ghostbreaker (1966/1965)". filmscoremonthly.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- 'The Complete Series' of the 1966 Show is Coming to DVD Archived 2015-05-27 at the Wayback Machine.