Tall Tales & Legends

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Tall Tales and Legends
Also known asTall Tales & Legends
Created byShelley Duvall
Presented byShelley Duvall
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes9
Executive producer(s)Shelley Duvall
Running time60 minutes
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1985 –
January 2, 1987
Preceded byShelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre
Followed byShelley Duvall's Nightmare Classic

Tall Tales & Legends (also known as Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends) is an American folklore anthology television series of 9 episodes created by television and film actress Shelley Duvall, who also served as Executive Producer and narrator, alongside Fred Fuchs, following her success with her first anthology series, Faerie Tale Theatre. It ran from 19851987 on Showtime as well as The Disney Channel it adapted from various American-based folk tales and stories of bravery. The series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. It itself was followed up by a four-part anthology series, titled Nightmare Classics.


No. Title Directed by Original airdate
1"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"Edd GrilesSeptember 25, 1985 (1985-09-25)
Ed Begley Jr. stars as Ichabod Crane, a timid schoolteacher who faces a headless horseman one dark Halloween night. Cast: Ed Begley Jr., Beverly D'Angelo, Charles Durning, Tim Thomerson [1]
2"Annie Oakley"Michael Lindsay-HoggDecember 24, 1985 (1985-12-24)
Jamie Lee Curtis stars as the famous Annie Oakley "Little Miss Sure Shot" in this charming portrayal of the legendary markswoman. Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Brian Dennehy, Cliff DeYoung, Nancy Lenehan [2]
3"Pecos Bill"Howard StormJanuary 1, 1986 (1986-01-01)
Raised by coyotes, Pecos Bill grows up to be the cowboy who puts the "wild" in the Wild West. His daring adventure to save the state of Texas from drought proves that acts of selflessness and bravery are never forgotten. Cast: Rebecca De Mornay, Steve Guttenberg, Martin Mull, Peter Billingsley [3]
4"Casey at the Bat"David SteinbergJanuary 20, 1986 (1986-01-20)
Elliott Gould stars as Casey Frank, a down-on-his-luck baseball player who follows his dreams to become the biggest star in the game. Cast: Elliott Gould, Carol Kane, Hamilton Camp, Rae Dawn Chong, Bill Macy [4]
5"Darlin' Clementine"Jerry LondonFebruary 8, 1986 (1986-02-08)
Shelley Duvall portrays Clementine, a lonely woman who takes care of everyone around her until her selfish father learns a valuable lesson. Cast: Ed Asner, David Dukes, Shelley Duvall, Gordon Jump [5]
6"Johnny Appleseed"Christopher GuestOctober 31, 1986 (1986-10-31)
Johnny Appleseed (Martin Short) travels across the land with a cooking pot on his head and his pockets filled with apple seeds and shows that there’s nothing wrong with being different. Cast: Rob Reiner, Molly Ringwald, Martin Short, Michael McKean, Anne Jackson [6]
7"Ponce de Leon"Sheldon LarryNovember 16, 1986 (1986-11-16)
Michael York stars as Ponce de Leon, the famed Spanish explorer whose quest to discover the legendary "Fountain of Youth" is botched by the actions of Lucy the Pirate. With a little help and guidance from the "Mysterious Stranger," the two learn that eternal youth is not all it's cracked up to be. Cast: Sally Kellerman, Paul Rodriguez, Michael York, Lewis Arquette, Dr. Ruth Westheimer [7]
8"John Henry"Ray DantonDecember 1, 1986 (1986-12-01)
Danny Glover stars as the greatest steel driver of all time, a former slave who stands up to his boss and the new steam drill he has purchased. Vowing not to be replaced by a machine, John Henry challenges the steam drill to a one-on-one competition. Cast: Danny Glover, Tom Hulce, Barry Corbin, Thelma Houston, Lynn Whitfield [8]
9"Davy Crockett"David GrossmanDecember 18, 1986 (1986-12-18)
On the wild frontier, Davy Crockett earns a reputation for bravery and courage and proves that anything is possible. Cast: Mac Davis, McLean Stevenson, Adam Carl, Mimi Kennedy [9]

Home media[edit]

Several episodes were issued on VHS by CBS/Fox Video in the 1980s. Lyrick Studios made it a nine video series on VHS in 1998. Koch Entertainment issued the entire series on DVD in 2005. The episodes were available as separate DVDs or together as a nine-disc box set. The complete series was issued again, this time in a three-DVD set, by E1 Entertainment in 2009.


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