Klondike (TV series)

Klondike is a 17-episode half-hour American Western/Northern television series starring Ralph Taeger and James Coburn that aired on NBC. The series premiered on October 10, 1960, and ran until February 13, 1961, facing stiff competition from The Danny Thomas Show on CBS and the second half of the first-season detective series Surfside 6 starring Troy Donahue on ABC. Klondike followed Dale Robertson's Tales of Wells Fargo on the NBC schedule.[1]

Ralph Taeger with Joi Lansing
in Klondike, 1960-1961
Written byRichard Donovan
Jack Gariss
Robert Hamner
Lou Huston
Sam Peckinpah
Directed byWilliam Conrad
Elliott Lewis
Sam Peckinpah
StarringRalph Taeger
James Coburn
Theme music composerMann Curtis
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17
Running time30 mins.
Production company(s)Ziv-United Artists Television
DistributorMGM Television
Peter Rodgers Organization
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Original releaseOctober 10, 1960 
February 13, 1961


Klondike was set during the early days of the Klondike Gold Rush 1897 in the town of Skagway in the Alaskan Klondike region with, in addition to Taeger and Coburn, supporting roles in seven episodes for Joi Lansing as Goldie and Mari Blanchard in fourteen episodes as Kathy O'Hara.

Taeger played the "good guy" Mike Halliday, described by one observer as "Clint Walker without the charisma", and Coburn portrayed the con man Jeff Durain. When Klondike did not attract a large audience, NBC cancelled the show but shifted Taeger and Coburn to play detectives in Mexico in the short-lived Acapulco series. Klondike is related to the hour-long 1959-1960 ABC series The Alaskans starring Roger Moore, Jeff York, Ray Danton, and Dorothy Provine, also set in the port city of Skagway and during the 1890s.[2]

In the debut episode, the characters rush to Alaska to search for gold. Other episodes included "The Golden Burro" with Edgar Buchanan and Robert F. Simon about a burro who could find and dig for gold; "Bathhouse Justice", in which a bathhouse serves as a courtroom in a murder case; "Sure Thing, Men" (with Tyler McVey as Emil Watkins) in which the group seeks a mining site only to run afoul of an old sourdough; "88 Keys to Trouble", in which someone releases all the inmates from the jail; "Saints and Stickups" in which a person of apparent moral bearing robs a stagecoach, and "Swing Your Partner", in which a group comes to town and dances the night away. In the series finale, "The Hostages", featuring Chris Alcaide, some townspeople are held hostage for their gold. The others work to free them, and to salvage the treasure for which they had all labored so diligently. Lawrence Dobkin, Emory Parnell, and Olan Soule appeared in "The Man Who Owned Skagway." Ron Hayes appeared as Harold Enright, along with Lane Bradford and Phil Chambers, in the episode "Sitka Madonna". Judson Pratt guest starred as Dan Sheean in the episode "The Unexpected Candidate". Lon Chaney, Jr., appeared as Macfin in the series finale, "The Hostages", along with Clegg Hoyt, Michael Raffetto, and again Chris Alcaide.

Various episodes of Klondike were directed by Sam Peckinpah and William Conrad. Supporting roles were played by Western tough guy L.Q. Jones as Joe Teel[3] and Karl Swenson in two different roles.[4]


Episode #Production CodeEpisode TitleAirdate
1PA59-250"Klondike Fever"October 10, 1960
2PA59-248"River Of Gold"October 24, 1960
3PA59-247"Saints and Stickups"October 31, 1960
4PA59-246"The Unexpected Candidate"November 7, 1960
5PA59-245"88 Keys To Trouble"November 14, 1960
6PA59-244"Swoger's Mule"November 21, 1960
7PA59-243"Sure Thing, Men"November 28, 1960
8PA59-242"Taste Of Danger"December 5, 1960
9PA59-241"Bare Knuckles"December 12, 1960
10PA59-240"Halliday's Club"December 19, 1960
11PA59-239"Bathhouse Justice"December 26, 1960
12PA59-237"Swing Your Partner"January 9, 1961
13PA59-236"The Golden Burro"January 16, 1961
14PA59-238"Queen Of The Klondike"January 23, 1961
15PA59-235"The Man Who Owned Skagway"January 30, 1961
16PA59-234"Sitka Madonna"February 6, 1961
17PA59-233"The Hostages"February 13, 1961


  1. 1960-1961 United States Network Television Schedule
  2. "Klondike" (1960)
  3. L.Q. Jones
  4. Karl Swenson
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