The Lieutenant

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The Lieutenant
The Lieutenant Series, Part 1.jpg
Cover of Part 1 of the Complete Series DVD
Starring Gary Lockwood
Robert Vaughn
John Milford
Henry Beckman
Richard Anderson
Don Penny
Carmen Phillips
Steve Franken
Composer(s) Arthur Morton
Jeff Alexander (1.12, 1.14)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 29
Running time 1 hour
Production company(s) MGM Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 14, 1963 (1963-09-14) – April 18, 1964 (1964-04-18)

The Lieutenant is an American television series, the first created by Gene Roddenberry. It aired on NBC on Saturday evenings in the 1963–1964 television schedule. It was produced by Arena Productions, one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's most successful in-house production companies of the 1960s. Situated at Camp Pendleton, the West Coast base of the U.S. Marine Corps, The Lieutenant focuses on the men of the Corps in peace time with a Cold War backdrop. The title character is Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice, a rifle platoon leader and one of the training instructors at Camp Pendleton. An hour-long drama, The Lieutenant explores the lives of enlisted Marines and general officers alike.

The series was released on DVD in two half-season sets by the Warner Archive Collection on August 14, 2012.[1]


Gary Lockwood starred as USMC Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice, a recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy who had been assigned his first command, that of a rifle platoon. Rice is a young, educated idealist who still has much to learn from an older mentor. Robert Vaughn played Captain Raymond Rambridge, Rice's company commander, an up-from-the-ranks officer. Richard Anderson, remembered for playing Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, had a recurring role as battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Steve Hiland, and Linda Evans, later known for her role as Krystle Carrington in Dynasty, appeared in several early episodes as Colonel Hiland's daughter Nan, who flirted with Rice.

Production and broadcast[edit]

Actor Gary Lockwood was twenty-six years of age and still an apprentice actor at the time the series premiered. Lockwood received his stage "family" name from early mentor Joshua Logan, who had participated in Mister Roberts and Picnic and whose middle name was Lockwood. A former UCLA college football player who could be violent and quick-tempered,[citation needed] and who had seriously injured a man in a brawl at a party,[citation needed] Lockwood tried to withdraw from the series program at the last moment, hoping to concentrate on films. He did not do so because the producers and network executives convinced him that there would be unpleasant payback if he did.[citation needed] Lockwood later compared being a TV star to being a jet pilot: many experts, he said, worked behind the scenes and then the pilot entered the hot seat and made it all work.[citation needed]


One episode of The Lieutenant was never actually broadcast.[2] The installment, titled "To Set It Right," which was written by Lee Erwin, was about racial-prejudice, and featured Nichelle Nichols as the fiancee of a black Marine, portrayed by Don Marshall, with Dennis Hopper as the antagonist to that Marine. The subject of race was considered taboo in entertainment television in 1964, and because the network refused to broadcast "To Set It Right" or even pay for it, MGM had to shoulder the entire cost of production.[citation needed] The Paley Center for Media in New York City possesses a videotape of the episode.[3] This episode eventually aired on the cable channel TNT in the early 1990s.

It was Roddenbury's frustrations over "To Set It Right" not being broadcast, that inspired and affirmed his decision to turn Star Trek into an allegorical production.[citation needed]

After The Lieutenant[edit]

The Lieutenant performed well in the ratings, considering the competition from The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. The program had occupied the time slot previously held by the legal drama Sam Benedict starring Edmond O'Brien and Richard Rust. Rust also guest starred in an episode of The Lieutenant. Despite its success and promise, The Lieutenant was nevertheless canceled after only one season because, according to Roddenberry, the Vietnam War had made present-day military dramas toxic for television. In the final episode of the series, Rice is sent to a fictitious Asian country based on Vietnam as an adviser, mirroring the same real-life situation that the series had been canceled for.

Roddenberry recruited Lockwood one more time, in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the second pilot installment for Star Trek, as Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell.

A middle name would be reused for Star Trek: The title character in The Lieutenant was Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice; on Star Trek the title character would be Captain James Tiberius Kirk.

The Lieutenant also brought together several other actors—among them Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and Majel Barrett—who would later join Roddenberry in Star Trek.

Also available on the DVD release of The Lieutenant - The Complete Series, Part 2, a feature film version of the episode "To Kill a Man" released internationally.

Cast members[edit]


Prior to his selection as The Lieutenant, Lockwood had appeared as magazine researcher Eric Jason in the ABC series Follow the Sun during the 1961–1962 season.

Robert Vaughn[edit]

Vaughn received the same compensation as Lockwood, even though he was usually in only one scene per episode.[citation needed] Vaughn asked both MGM Television and Norman Felton (under whose Arena Productions banner The Lieutenant was being produced) for his own series during the run of The Lieutenant. The result was The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which began the next season and proved to be highly successful.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot Director Writer
1-1 "A Million Miles From Clary" September 14, 1963 Platoon morale is threatened when an enlisted man (Bill Bixby) uses his friendship with Rice to gain favors. Don Medford Ed Waters
1-2 "Cool of the Evening" September 21, 1963 Rice goes to the aid of a young woman (Kathryn Hays) when he hears her scream in a dark alley, but then finds himself facing serious charges. Robert Gist Sheldon Stark
1-3 "The Proud and the Angry" September 28, 1963 Rice goes undercover as a private to investigate charges that Sgt. Karl Kasten (Rip Torn) is brutal in his training of new recruits. Andrew McLaglen Jerome B. Thomas
1-4 "The Two Star Giant" October 5, 1963 Rice is mistakenly assigned as an aide to General Stone (Neville Brand) just as the general is ordered to Washington to defend his policies at a Senate hearing. Richard Donner Beirne Lay, Jr.
1-5 "A Very Private Affair" (pilot) October 12, 1963 2LT William T. Rice reports for his first assignment, and is forced to choose between winning the confidence of his new platoon by overlooking a fight or revealing the truth to MCAPT Raymond Rambridge. Buzz Kulic Gene Roddenberry
1-6 "To Take Up Serpents" October 19, 1963 Rice is assigned to an air base for training and comes to the realization that he has a fear of flying. Andrew V. Mclaglen Jay Simms
1-7 "A Touching of Hands" October 26, 1963 Rice offers sympathy to the lonely wife of a fellow officer (Ina Balin), but soon finds himself the subject of malicious gossip. Don Medford Sy Salkowitz
1-8 "Captain Thomson" November 2, 1963 A gruff and tactless guerilla warfare instructor (Paul Burke) makes impossible demands on his trainees. Leon Benson Sheldon Stark and Gene McCarthy
1-9 "Instant Wedding" November 9, 1963 Rice tries to protect a fellow officer's girlfriend from the romantic attentions of a Navy officer. David Alexander Ellis Marcus
1-10 "A Troubled Image" November 16, 1963 Rice trains a group of Vietnamese combat officers and finds one of them is a beautiful woman. Don Medford Herman Groves
1-11 "Fall From a White Horse" November 30, 1963 Rice is assigned to defend a fellow Marine officer (Andrew Prine) who is accused in a hit-and-run accident and is in danger of being court-martialed. John Brahm George Eckstein
1-12 "Alert!" December 14, 1963 Rice falls in love with a business executive's daughter (Sharon Farrell) who gives him an ultimatum of either leaving the Marine Corps or breaking off the relationship. Don Taylor Lee Erwin
1-13 "The Art of Discipline" December 21, 1963 Rice loses control of his new platoon when he relaxes discipline to win friends. Arnold Butler Archie L. Tegland
1-14 "The Alien" December 28, 1963 Rambridge conducts a double courtship in an effort to get married to a stewardess (Madlyn Rhue) as quickly as possible in order to adopt a Korean orphan. Michael O'Herlihy teleplay: Gene Roddenberry (as "Robert Wesley"), story: George Eckstein
1-15 "O'Rourke" January 4, 1964 A famous author (Eddie Albert) decides to prove the contemporary Marine Corps is far less effective than it was during World War II. E. W. Swackhammer Jay Simms
1-16 "Gone the Sun" January 18, 1964 Returning to his hometown while escorting a dead soldier, Rice is blamed for the death of a Marine during maneuvers by the parents of the deceased man, and connects with the beautiful sister (Sherry Jackson) of a friend. Strother Martin plays a taxi driver. James Goldstone Robert Dozier
1-17 "Between Music and Laughter" January 25, 1964 A party girl (Patricia Crowley) asks Rice to help her win back the affections of her ex-husband, Captain Rambridge. Vincent McEveety Sy Salkowitz
1-18 "Interlude" February 1, 1964 Rice's career in the Marine Corps is threatened when he is paralyzed in an automobile accident, but he finds love during his rehabilitation with a woman (Joanna Moore) dying of a brain tumor. Richard Donner Margaret & Paul Schneider and Robert E. Thompson
1-19 "Capp's Lady" February 8, 1964 Rice makes an effort to warn Sgt. Horace Capp (James Gregory) that the woman he plans to marry has both a notorious reputation and a police record. David Alexander Robert J. Shaw
1-20 "Green Water Green Flag" February 15, 1964 Rice meets Lt. Joe Worth, an old adversary just when he is suddenly given command of important maneuvers due to Rambridge's appendicitis. Leon Benson Sy Salkowitz
1-21 "To Set It Right" February 22, 1964
(never actually broadcast)
Rice tries to play peacemaker when he has to resolve a racial dispute between two young members (Dennis Hopper and Don Marshall) of his platoon. Nichelle Nichols plays the black soldier's fiancee. NOTE: The network never compensated MGM Television for this installment, forcing the company to bear the entire burden of its costs. Vincent McEveety Lee Erwin
1-22 "In the Highest Tradition" February 29, 1964 Rice is assigned as a technical advisor with a film crew making a movie about a Marine lieutenant in World War II. Leonard Nimoy plays a Hollywood producer and actor. Majel Barrett plays the wife of the World War II Marine. Marc Daniels Blanche Hanalis
1-23 "Tour of Duty" March 7, 1964 A Marine (Ricardo Montalbán) returns from overseas and learns that his wife was killed while riding with another man, then takes advantage of Rice's sympathies. Andrew V. McLaughlin Art Wallace
1-24 "Lament for a Dead Goldbrick" March 14, 1964 A newspaper reporter (Robert Duvall) writing an expose of Marine training methods holds Rice responsible for the accidental death of a Marine. Robert Butler Sy Salkowitz
1-25 "Man With an Edge" March 21, 1964 Rice loses his girlfriend to a Naval Academy football All-American (Chad Everett), who also happens to be the nephew of the colonel. Vincent McEveety teleplay by Lee Erwin and Beirne Lay, Jr., story by Beirne Lay, Jr.
1-26 "Operation Actress" March 28, 1964 Rice is shocked when a conniving Hollywood actress (Leslie Parrish) announces that she is going to marry him. Leonard Horn Robert J. Shaw
1-27 "Mother Enemy" April 4, 1964 Rice recommends Sgt. John Delwyn (Walter Koenig) for officer's school, but then discovers that the man's mother is a leading member of the American Communist party. Vincent McEveety Robert J. Shaw
1-28 "The War Called Peace" April 11, 1964 Rice is assigned to run a surreptitious check on carelessness in security measures that has developed on a top-secret scientific project called "The War Called Peace." Andrew V. McLaughlin Anthony Wilson
1-29 "To Kill a Man" April 18, 1964 Rice is assigned to deliver top-secret military information to combat troops in Vietnam, but when his plane is shot down, he and a Vietnamese aide are forced to fight their way back. Vincent McEveety Gene Roddenberry

Guest stars[edit]

  • Eddie Albert - Rodney Cameron O'Rourke in episode "O'Rourke"
  • Jack Albertson - The district attorney in episode "The Cool of the Evening"
  • Edward Asner - Walter Perry in episode "A Troubled Image"
  • Barbara Babcock - Doris in episode "A Touching of Hands'
  • Barbara Bain - Cissie Van Osten in episode "A Touching of Hands"
  • Ina Balin - Jan Everest in episode "A Touching of Hands"
  • Majel Barrett - Ruth Donaldson in episode "In the Highest Tradition"
  • Henry Beckman - Major Barker
  • Bill Bixby - Stew Sallaway, one of Rice's old high school friends, now assigned to his platoon, who tries to take advantage of the relationship to get out of work
  • Madge Blake - Millie Brinkerhoff in "Instant Wedding"
  • Neville Brand - Brigadier General Ira Stone, a brilliant, arrogant USMC major general to whom Rice is assigned as an aide in one installment
  • Paul Burke - Captain Thomson, an ineffectual Marine captain required to leave the Corps for serving too long in his rank if he is not promoted to major in episode "Captain Thomson"
  • James T. Callahan - Markley in episode "Fall from a White Horse"
  • Joseph Campanella - Clark in episode "Lament for a Dead Goldbrick"
  • Eddie Carroll - Sgt. Perry
  • Russ Conway - Col. Curtis Morley in the episode, "In the Highest Tradition"
  • Patricia Crowley - Susan Rambridge, Captain Raymond Rambridge's ex-wife
  • Bob Davis - Farley Crosse
  • Andrew Duggan - Peter Winslow Bonney, the heroic commander of Rice's platoon during World War II, a man who might not really have been a hero in episode "In the Highest Tradition"
  • Linda Evans - Nan Hiland
  • Chad Everett - Lt. Kingsley Kane in episode "Man with an Edge"
  • Norman Fell - Jerry Belman in episode "The Cool of the Evening"
  • Jerry Fujikawa - A corporal in episode "To Kill a Man"
  • Frank Gardner - Private Matthews
  • Harold Gould - Wade in episode "A Touching of Hands"
  • James Gregory - Sgt. Horace Capp in episode "Capp's Lady"
  • Dennis Hopper - Cpl. Peter Devlin, a bigot who is giving a tough time to a black man in his squad[4] in "To Set it Right" (never actually broadcast)*
  • Robert Karnes - Vilardi in episode "Operation Actress"
  • Walter Koenig - Sgt. John Delwyn in episode "Mother Enemy"
  • Sherry Jackson - Maggie Shea in episode "Gone the Sun"
  • Richard Jeffries - Lieutenant Tait
  • Ted Knight - Yeoman Mark Hollander in episode "Tour of Duty"
  • Anna Lisa - Maria
  • Ricardo Montalbán - PFC John Reading in episode "Tour of Duty"
  • Greg Morris - Sgt. Perc Linden
  • Leonard Nimoy - Gregg Sanders, a flamboyant actor who wants to make a movie on the Marine Corps base in episode "In the Highest Tradition"
  • Nichelle Nichols - Norma Bartlett in episode "To Set it Right" (never actually broadcast)*
  • Pat Priest - Waitress in episode "Fall From a White Horse"
  • Denver Pyle - Major Matthew Morrissey in episode "The War Called Peace"
  • Madlyn Rhue - Jackie Madian in episode "The Alien"
  • Katharine Ross - Elizabeth in episode "Fall From a White Horse"
  • Pilar Seurat - Lt. Manishan Joraka in episode "A Troubled Image"
  • Woody Strode - Sgt. Holt, "To Set it Right" (never actually broadcast)*
  • Michael Strong - Principal Peter Clay in episode "The Cool of the Evening"
  • Yale Summers - Lieutenant Barry Everest
  • Nita Talbot - Marie Newton in episode "Capp's Lady"
  • Joan Tompkins - Mrs. Wade in "The Two-Star Giant" (1963) and Elsie Hammond in "Gone the Son" (1964)
  • Rip Torn - SGT Karl Kasten, a tough drill instructor who may, indeed, be so tough that he is actually killing his own trainees in episode "The Proud and the Angry"
  • Martin West - Kelso


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