The Tenderfoot (miniseries)
|The Wonderful World of Disney episode|
Screen shot of opening sequence of The Tenderfoot
|Episode no.||Season 11
Episode 4, 5 and 6
|Directed by||Robert L. Friend
Part II, Part III
|Written by||Maurice Tombragel|
|Produced by||Walt Disney
Ron W. Miller
|Featured music||Joseph E. Romero|
|Cinematography by||John L. Russell|
|Editing by||Edward W. Williams|
|Production code||11.4, 11.5, and 11.6|
|Original air date||October 18, 1964
|Running time||60 min. ea.|
The Tenderfoot is a three-part live action television miniseries comedy Western film produced in 1964 for Walt Disney's The Wonderful World of Color. It is based on James H. Tevis' book Arizona in the 50s. It was directed by Robert L. Friend and Byron Paul.
Starring Brandon deWilde of Shane (1953) and Disney veteran Brian Keith (The Parent Trap) in the title roles. It aired in 3 parts over 3 consecutive weeks beginning on Sunday, October 18, 1964. It also starred James Whitmore, Richard Long, James Daly, and Nehemiah Persoff in principal roles.
The Tenderfoot was aimed at teens and featured character actors of the period. Also appearing was 15-year-old Disney regular Roger Mobley. This was typical of past Disney live action TV productions, most notable being The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964).
Brandon deWilde had previously appeared in All Fall Down (1962) with Warren Beatty and Hud (1963) with Paul Newman. Brian Keith would be a scene stealer and filmed with deWilde for Disney again the following year in Those Calloways, as his father.
The Tenderfoot would be released theatrically through Europe in 1966. It aired on the Disney Channel as an edited-down 2-hour feature in the 1990s.
Jim Tevis (Brandon deWilde), shortly after arriving in 1856 Arizona from the East, meets up with Mose Carson (Brian Keith), self-proclaimed big brother of legendary frontier scout Kit Carson. According to Mose, Kit learned everything from him and it should really be him that is famous. Mose consoles himself by staying drunk and avoiding Indian fights. Captain Ewell (James Whitmore) is a veteran Indian fighter and Paul Durand (Richard Long) is a misfit soldier and ladies' man. Carson and Ewell take a quick liking to the young Tevis and both agree to make him Mose's junior scout. Together they all wind up in a search for buried treasure with Captain Malcione (Nehemiah Persoff) as the primary villain.
|Brandon deWilde||Jim Tevis|
|Brian Keith||Mose Carson|
|James Whitmore||Captain Ewell|
|Richard Long||Paul Durand|
|James Daly||Uncle Max|
|Roger Mobley||Dave Jones|
|Nehemiah Persoff||Captain Malcione|
The Tenderfoot has never been released on home media by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.