Lancer (TV series)

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Lancer
Andrew Duggan Elizabeth Baur Lancer 1968.JPG
Andrew Duggan and Elizabeth Baur, 1968
GenreWestern
Created bySamuel A. Peeples
Directed byVarious
StarringJames Stacy
Wayne Maunder
Andrew Duggan
Elizabeth Baur
Theme music composerJerome Moross
ComposersJerome Moross
Sidney Fine
Hugo Friedhofer
Robert Drasnin
Leith Stevens
Joseph Mullendore
Irving Gertz
Fred Steiner
Alexander Courage
Harry Geller
Arthur Morton
George Duning
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes51
Production
ProducersSam Wanamaker (pilot episode)
Alan A. Armer
George Amy
Edwin Self
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48 mins.
Production company20th Century-Fox Television
Distributor20th Television[1]
Release
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1968 (1968-09-24) –
June 23, 1970 (1970-06-23)

Lancer is an American Western series that aired Tuesdays at 7:30 pm (EST) on CBS from September 24, 1968, to June 23, 1970.[2] The series stars Andrew Duggan as a father with two half-brother sons, played by James Stacy and Wayne Maunder.

Synopsis[edit]

Duggan starred as Murdoch Lancer, the patriarch of the Lancer family. Maunder played Scott Lancer, the educated older son and a veteran of the Union Army. Stacy played gunslinger Johnny Madrid Lancer. Paul Brinegar appeared as Jelly Hoskins and Elizabeth Baur played Murdoch Lancer's ward Teresa O'Brien.

Lancer lasted for 51 hour-long episodes and was shot in color. It was rerun on CBS during the summer of 1971.[3]

Cast[edit]

Guest stars included Joe Don Baker, Noah Beery, Jr., Scott Brady, Ellen Corby, Bruce Dern, Jack Elam, Sam Elliott, Beverly Garland, Kevin Hagen, Ron Howard, Wright King, Cloris Leachman, Barbara Luna, George Macready, Warren Oates, Stefanie Powers, Tom Selleck, and William Tannen.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1968–69)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The High Riders"Sam WanamakerT : Dean Riesner
S : Samuel A. Peeples
September 24, 1968 (1968-09-24)
22"Blood Rock"Gene NelsonJack TurleyOctober 1, 1968 (1968-10-01)
33"Chase a Wild Horse"Walter GraumanPaul PlaydonOctober 8, 1968 (1968-10-08)
44"Foley"Alex SingerS : Brian McKay
S/T : Anthony Spinner
October 15, 1968 (1968-10-15)
55"The Lawman"Allen ReisnerLaurence HeathOctober 22, 1968 (1968-10-22)
66"Julie"Alex SingerS : Don Brinkley
S/T : Paul Playdon
October 29, 1968 (1968-10-29)
77"The Prodigal"Sobey MartinS : Mel Goldberg
S/T : D. C. Fontana
November 12, 1968 (1968-11-12)
88"Jelly"Sobey MartinJack TurleyNovember 19, 1968 (1968-11-19)
99"The Last Train for Charlie Poe"Don RichardsonCarey WilberNovember 26, 1968 (1968-11-26)
1010"Glory"Gene NelsonJack TurleyDecember 10, 1968 (1968-12-10)
1111"The Heart of Pony Alice"Christian I. Nyby IIKen TreveyDecember 17, 1968 (1968-12-17)
1212"The Escape"William HaleAnthony SpinnerDecember 31, 1968 (1968-12-31)
1313"The Wedding"Sobey MartinAnthony SpinnerJanuary 7, 1969 (1969-01-07)
1414"Death Bait"Robert ButlerJack TurleyJanuary 14, 1969 (1969-01-14)
1515"The Black McGloins"Don RichardsonCarey WilberJanuary 21, 1969 (1969-01-21)
1616"Yesterday's Vendetta"Otto LangDon BrinkleyJanuary 28, 1969 (1969-01-28)
1717"Warburton's Edge"Don MedfordS : K. C. Alison
S/T : Ken Trevey
February 4, 1969 (1969-02-04)
1818"The Fix-It Man"William HaleCharles WallaceFebruary 11, 1969 (1969-02-11)
1919"Angel Day and Her Sunshine Girls"Don RichardsonJack TurleyFebruary 25, 1969 (1969-02-25)
2020"The Great Humbug"William HaleCarey WilberMarch 4, 1969 (1969-03-04)
2121"Juniper's Camp"William HaleBarry OringerMarch 11, 1969 (1969-03-11)
2222"The Knot"Don RichardsonLaurence HeathMarch 18, 1969 (1969-03-18)
2323"The Man Without a Gun"Don RichardsonRoland WolpertMarch 25, 1969 (1969-03-25)
2424"Child of Rock and Sunlight"Don RichardsonPenrod SmithApril 1, 1969 (1969-04-01)
2525"The Measure of a Man"Don McDougallGerry DayApril 8, 1969 (1969-04-08)
2626"Devil's Blessing"Christian I. Nyby IISam RoecaApril 22, 1969 (1969-04-22)

Season 2 (1969–70)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Blind Man's Bluff"Leo PennCarey WilberSeptember 23, 1969 (1969-09-23)
282"Zee"Leo PennS : Mitchell Lindemann
S/T : Andy Lewis
September 30, 1969 (1969-09-30)
293"The Kid"Allen ReisnerCarey WilberOctober 7, 1969 (1969-10-07)
304"The Black Angel"Allen ReisnerJack TurleyOctober 21, 1969 (1969-10-21)
315"The Gifts"Allen ReisnerS : D. C. Fontana
S/T : Andy White
October 28, 1969 (1969-10-28)
326"Cut the Wolf Loose"Robert DayKen TreveyNovember 4, 1969 (1969-11-04)
337"Jelly Hoskins' American Dream"Christian I. Nyby IIAndy WhiteNovember 11, 1969 (1969-11-11)
348"Welcome to Genesis"Robert DayKen PettusNovember 18, 1969 (1969-11-18)
359"A Person Unknown"William HaleAndy LewisNovember 25, 1969 (1969-11-25)
3610"Legacy"Christian I. Nyby IIJack TurleyDecember 9, 1969 (1969-12-09)
3711"A Scarecrow at Hacket's"Marvin ChomskySam RoecaDecember 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
3812"Little Darling of the Sierras"Allen ReisnerKen TreveyDecember 30, 1969 (1969-12-30)
3913"Shadow of a Dead Man"Robert ButlerJack TurleyJanuary 6, 1970 (1970-01-06)
4014"Blue Skies for Willie Sharpe"Allen ReisnerAndy WhiteJanuary 13, 1970 (1970-01-13)
4115"Chad"Alan A. ArmerCarey WilberJanuary 20, 1970 (1970-01-20)
4216"The Lorelei"Christian I. Nyby IISam RoecaJanuary 27, 1970 (1970-01-27)
4317"The Lion and the Lamb"Allen ReisnerAndy WhiteFebruary 3, 1970 (1970-02-03)
4418"The Experiment"Virgil W. VogelHerbert PurdumFebruary 17, 1970 (1970-02-17)
4519"Splinter Group"Virgil W. VogelSam RoecaMarch 3, 1970 (1970-03-03)
4620"Lamp in the Wilderness"Michael CaffeyAndy WhiteMarch 10, 1970 (1970-03-10)
4721"The Buscaderos"Allen ReisnerT : Ken Trevey
S : Jim Byrnes
March 17, 1970 (1970-03-17)
4822"Dream of Falcons"Don RichardsonCarey WilberApril 7, 1970 (1970-04-07)
4923"Goodbye, Lizzie"Allen ReisnerKathleen HiteApril 28, 1970 (1970-04-28)
5024"The Rivals"Christian I. Nyby IIThomas ThompsonMay 5, 1970 (1970-05-05)
5125"Lifeline"Robert ButlerSam RoecaMay 19, 1970 (1970-05-19)

Production[edit]

The pilot episode "The High Riders" was mostly filmed on-location in and around the hacienda now located within The Santa Lucia Preserve. All interior shots of the Hacienda in subsequent episodes were filmed on a sound stage in Hollywood, recreated from photographs of the original.[4]

Awards[edit]

The episode titled "Zee" with Stefanie Powers earned scriptwriter Andy Lewis the Western Writers of America Spur Award, the first designated for a television script.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

The 2019 movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood incorporates a fictionalized account of the filming of Lancer's pilot episode, depicting fictional actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) appearing as a villain in the episode. Director Sam Wanamaker and series stars James Stacy and Wayne Maunder are depicted. Additional scenes are featured in the novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as well depicting other actors including Andrew Duggan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "20th Television (1968 / 2013)". YouTube: Marcus Montgomery’s Logo Archive. 2 September 2020. Archived from the original on 2021-12-13.
  2. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. Pp. 461-462.
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1979). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows: 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25525-9. P. 335.
  4. ^ "The Lancer Hacienda". The Lancer Fanfiction Archive. July 15, 2008. Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 4 February 2021.

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