Pistols 'n' Petticoats

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Pistols 'n' Petticoats
Pistols 'N' Petticoats 1966.JPG
The town drunk raises a stir with the Hanks family.
GenreSitcom
Western
Created byGeorge Tibbles
Written byDel Moore
George Tibbles
Paul West
Directed byDavid Alexander
Joe Connelly
Lawrence Dobkin
Leslie Goodwins
Harry Harris
Sidney Lanfield
Joseph Pevney
Alan Rafkin
StarringAnn Sheridan
Ruth McDevitt
Carole Wells
Douglas Fowley
Gary Vinson
Theme music composerJack Elliott
George Tibbles
Opening theme"Pistols 'n' Petticoats"
ComposersJack Elliott
Stanley Wilson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
ProducerJoe Connelly
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesKayro-UTV Productions
Universal Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1966 (1966-09-17) –
March 11, 1967 (1967-03-11)

Pistols 'n' Petticoats is an American Western sitcom starring Ann Sheridan that ran on CBS during the 1966-1967 television season. It was produced by Kayro/Universal Television for CBS Productions and ran from September 17, 1966 to March 11, 1967. The series was created by George Tibbles, who wrote the show's theme song. This was one of two sitcoms that ran on CBS with the "Petticoat" name in its title at the time, the other being Petticoat Junction, which was produced by Filmways and has no connection to this program.

Premise[edit]

Pistols 'n' Petticoats chronicled the lives of the gunslinging Hanks family, which consisted of Grandpa (Andrew), his wife Grandma (Effie), widowed daughter Henrietta, granddaughter (and Henrietta's daughter) Lucy, and their pet wolf Bowser. The "Petticoats" referred to the Hanks ladies, even though Lucy (who was raised in the city) would spend more time being at odds with the rest of the clan rather than helping protect their land. The Hanks lived in the fictional town of Wretched, Colorado, in the year 1870, where at that time, the sprawling Old West was being occupied by outlaws. It was up to the Hanks to clean up the town, which made them more popular with the citizens than with the town sheriff, Harold Sikes, who did not like having the spotlight shine on the Hanks. The Hanks also had adversaries with rival Buss Courtney and members of a nearby Indian tribe, led by Chief Eagle Shadow, and his assistants, Grey Hawk and Little Bear.

Cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

  • Read Morgan as Moose Dreyfus in "The Triangle"
  • Lurene Tuttle as Adelaide Coulter in "Grandma's Date"
  • Judy Canova as Sadie in "The Golden Fleece" and Daisy Frogg in "Faint Heart Never Won Grandpa"
  • Fred Willard as Ben in "Quit Shootin' Folks, It's Grandma"
  • Simon Scott as Sloan in 1x09 "Cards Anyone"

Production notes[edit]

Ann Sheridan in 1966

The series would be Ann Sheridan's last role, as she died of cancer on January 21, 1967, nearly two months before CBS cancelled the series. Of the 26 shows that were produced, Sheridan only appeared in 21 episodes. Universal Pictures used several episodes as "archive footage" for the 1967 feature film The Far Out West.

In the pilot episode Chris Noel was cast as Sheridan's daughter, but test audiences found her portrayal unsympathetic; she was replaced by Carole Wells.[1]

Currently, both Universal Home Video and Echo Bridge Home Video hold the DVD rights to the series.

Pistols 'n' Petticoats was filmed in color, which, by the fall of 1966, became the standard in all prime-time network programming.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
0"Pilot"TBATBAUNAIRED
1"A Crooked Line"TBATBASeptember 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)
2"No Sale"TBATBASeptember 24, 1966 (1966-09-24)
3"Bitter Blossom O'Brien"TBATBAOctober 1, 1966 (1966-10-01)
4"Sir Richard of Wretched"Joseph PevneyGeorge TibblesOctober 8, 1966 (1966-10-08)
5"The Hank and the Indian War"TBATBAOctober 15, 1966 (1966-10-15)
6"The Triangle"TBATBAOctober 22, 1966 (1966-10-22)
7"A Wagonload of Wives"Joe ConnellyTeleplay by: George Tibbles
Story by: Del Moore
October 29, 1966 (1966-10-29)
8"The Ross Guttley Story"Alan RafkinGeorge TibblesNovember 5, 1966 (1966-11-05)
9"The Gun Runners"Lawrence DobkinBud FreemanNovember 12, 1966 (1966-11-12)
10"Lookout Point"TBATBANovember 19, 1966 (1966-11-19)
11"Quit Shootin' Folks, It's Grandma"TBATBANovember 26, 1966 (1966-11-26)
12"Shootout at the O'Day Corral"Leslie GoodwinsGeorge F. Slavin & Stanley AdamsDecember 3, 1966 (1966-12-03)
13"Grandma's Date"TBATBADecember 10, 1966 (1966-12-10)
14"Here Comes Trouble"TBATBADecember 17, 1966 (1966-12-17)
15"Willie the Kid"Ezra StoneLois HireDecember 24, 1966 (1966-12-24)
16"Wretched Beautiful"TBATBADecember 31, 1966 (1966-12-31)
17"Faint Heart Never Won Grandpa"TBATBAJanuary 7, 1967 (1967-01-07)
18"The Stranger"TBATBAJanuary 14, 1967 (1967-01-14)
19"Beware the Hangman"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1967 (1967-01-21)
20"A Man for Hank"David AlexanderPaul WestJanuary 28, 1967 (1967-01-28)
21"Petrified Wretched"Ezra StoneGeorge TibblesFebruary 4, 1967 (1967-02-04)
22"The Golden Fleece"Ezra StoneLois HireFebruary 11, 1967 (1967-02-11)
23"Peace Offering"TBATBAFebruary 18, 1967 (1967-02-18)
24"The Taming of Sorry Water"TBATBAFebruary 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)
25"Colonel Comes to Town"TBATBAMarch 4, 1967 (1967-03-04)
26"Harold's Double"TBATBAMarch 11, 1967 (1967-03-11)

References[edit]

  1. ^ p.178 Lisanti, Tom Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, Beach and Elvis Movies McFarland, 2001

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