The Gabby Hayes Show
|The Gabby Hayes Show|
Hayes in 1953.
|Written by||Jerome Coopersmith
|Directed by||Vincent J. Donehue|
|Starring||George "Gabby" Hayes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|Running time||15 minutes (1950-1954); 30 minutes (1956)|
|Original network||NBC (1950-1954)
|Picture format||Black and white (1950-1954; 1956)|
|Original release||December 11, 1950– July 14, 1956|
The Gabby Hayes Show is a general purpose western television series in which the film star and Roy Rogers confidant, George "Gabby" Hayes (1885–1969), narrated each episode, showed clips from old westerns, or told tall tales for a primarily children's audience. The first Hayes program ran on NBC at 5:15 p.m. Eastern for fifteen minutes three times per week and preceded the puppet series, Howdy Doody. It aired from December 11, 1950, to January 1, 1954. The second version was a half-hour broadcast on Saturday mornings, carried for only thirteen weeks from May 12 to July 14, 1956, on ABC.
The show was sponsored by Quaker Oats' puffed cereals, which were "shot from guns". As was common at the time, the host delivered the commercial. This often included Hayes firing a small cannon loaded with the cereal at the camera, while warning the viewers to "Watch out for your televisionary sets!"
Selected episodes from 1956
Selected episodes and guest stars from archival footage include:
- "Ambush Trail" (I. Stanford Jolley as Bolton)
- "Enemy of the Law" (Tex Ritter as Tex)
- "Fighting Vigilantes" (Lash LaRue, known as the cowboy with the bullwhip, as Cheyenne Davis)
- "Ghost Town Renegades" (La Rue and William Fawcett, later of NBC's Fury series, as Jonas Watson)
- "His Brother's Ghost" (Buster Crabbe as Billy Carson)
- "Navajo Kid" (Jolley)
- "Overland Riders" (Crabbe)
- "Shadow Valley", with Eddie Dean and Roscoe Ates as Soapy Jones. Both Dean and Ates were co-stars of the 1950 ABC series The Marshal of Gunsight Pass.
- "Stage to Mesa City" (La Rue)
- "Stagecoach Outlaws" (Crabbe and Jolley)
- "Terrors on Horseback" (Crabbe and Jolley)
- "Three in the Saddle" (Ritter)
- "Wild Horse Phantom" (Crabbe and Kermit Maynard, brother of western film star Ken Maynard)
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 311
- "Episode List of The Gabby Hayes Show (1956)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
- "Credits for Wright King". IMDB. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
- "Awards for The Gabby Hayes Show (1953)". IMDB. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
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