Outlaws (1960 TV series)

Outlaws is an NBC Western television series, starring Barton MacLane as U.S. Marshal Frank Caine, who operated in a lawless section of Oklahoma Territory around Stillwater.

Jock Gaynor, Barton MacLane, and Don Collier in 1960.
StarringBarton MacLane
Don Collier
Bruce Yarnell
Slim Pickens
Judy Lewis
Jock Gaynor
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes50
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)NBC Television Network
DistributorNBC Films
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack and white, first season; color, second season
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1960 
May 10, 1962

Series premise

The program aired fifty one-hour episodes from September 29, 1960, to May 10, 1962. The first season was shot in black-and-white, the second in colour. Co-starring with MacLane in the 19601961 season was Don Collier as deputy marshal Will Foreman. In the second season, MacLane left the program, and Collier was promoted to full marshal, with Bruce Yarnell joining the cast as deputy marshal Chalk Breeson. Jock Gaynor appeared in the first season as deputy Heck Martin, the on-screen nephew of Will Foreman. Slim Pickens appeared as "Slim" in the second season.[1] Judy Lewis also appeared the second season as Connie Masters, an employee of the Wells Fargo office in Stillwater.[2]

In the first season, episodes of Outlaws were told from the view of the outlaws themselves. James Coburn starred on February 16, 1961, as "Culley", a confused young outlaw who wants to repent. He stops on a chase from the law to help a blind elderly man (Henry Hull). Judson Pratt also appeared in the episode in the role of Daggott. For the second season, telecast in color, the stories were told from the standpoint of the lawmen.[2]

Others who appeared on Outlaws on at least three occasions were Vic Morrow, Cliff Robertson, Pippa Scott, and Harry Townes. In addition, John Anderson, Edgar Buchanan, Jackie Coogan, Bruce Gordon, Robert Harland, Robert Lansing Cloris Leachman, Robert Karnes, Brian Keith, Wright King, Larry Pennell, Chris Robinson, William Shatner, Ray Walston, Jack Warden, and David Wayne each appeared twice in the series.[2] Jimmy Noel was cast in uncredited appearances in four episodes.[3]

The dog who appeared in Walt Disney's Old Yeller was also cast in Outlaws.[4]

Selected episodes

On October 27, 1960, in the episode "The Rape of Red Sky", veteran western film star Roscoe Ates appeared as a bartender; others in the episode were Patricia Barry as Aimee, Jackie Coogan as Corbett, and Skip Homeier as Gabe Cutter. Homeier also appeared that season in his own NBC detective series Dan Raven.[5]

On November 3, 1960, Vivi Janiss was cast as Chloe Duane, the wife of an irate rancher, Jack Duane (Alfred Ryder) in the episode, "Shorty". In the story line, Duane disobeys a court order that permits others to drive cattle through his land. Hampton Fancher is cast as Mike Duane, Edward Binns as Sam Decker, Robert Harland as Clem Decker, Leonard Nimoy as Logan, and Lane Bradford as Ben Garth.[6]

A two-part episode entitled "Starfall" aired on November 24 and December 1, 1960, with guest stars John Anderson, Edgar Buchanan, Pippa Scott, Cloris Leachman, James Millhollin, William Shatner, and Jack Warden.[7]Johnny Washbrook, the child actor from My Friend Flicka appeared as Vince Nickels, along with character actor J. Pat O'Malley in the 1960 episode "The Quiet Killer". In another two-parter on January 26 and February 2, 1961, entitled "The Daltons Must Die", Charles Carlson, Robert Lansing, and Larry Pennell played the Dalton brothers, Grat, Frank, and Robert Dalton, respectively.[8] In December 1960, Clegg Hoyt played the role of Isham Dart in "The Quiet Killer."[9]

In the 1961 episode "The Brathwaite Brothers", Conlan Carter, later on ABC's Combat!, appeared as the outlaw Perry Brathwaite. Barbara Stuart appeared as Juno in the 1961 episode "Roly".[10]John M. Pickard, formerly of Boots and Saddles, appeared as Wick Boley in the 1961 episode, "Return to New March."[11]

On May 4, 1961, the series aired the episode "Sam Bass" about the outlaw Sam Bass, with Jack Chaplain in the guest starring title role; Gregg Palmer appeared in the episode as Heff. Bass was shot on July 19, 1878, and died two days later on his twenty-seventh birthday in Round Rock, Texas, north of Austin, after having been betrayed by an associate.[12] Cliff Robertson starred in the title role and wrote the episode "The Dark Sunrise of Griff Kincaid", which aired on January 4, 1962. The costars were Ed Asner, Nancy Kulp, and Reta Shaw.[13]

Judy Lewis, Olive Sturgess, Gina Gillespie, and Jackie Coogan guest starred in the 1962 episode "The Sisters".[14]

Production notes

Outlaws was filmed in both Bronson Canyon and Griffith Park in Los Angeles.[2] The series aired at 7:30 Eastern on Thursday. Its principal competition in the first season were two situation comedies, Guestward, Ho!, starring Mark Miller, Joanne Dru, and J. Carrol Naish, and The Donna Reed Show on ABC. In the second season, the long-running The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet replaced Guestward, Ho!. Chill Wills's Frontier Circus western series aired during the same hour from 19611962 on CBS.[15]

"Outlaws was a good western for television, but it never got the respect it deserved, and like many other westerns during the early 1960s, it got ran over by the cop and sitcom shows", wrote Ronald Jackson and Doug Abbott in the book Fifty Years of the Television Western.[1]

Don Collier thereafter appeared for four seasons from 19671971 as the ranch foreman in another NBC western, The High Chaparral with co-stars Leif Erickson, Linda Cristal, Cameron Mitchell, Mark Slade, and Henry Darrow.


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  2. IMDB, Outlaws, credits page:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053527/fullcredits#cast
  3. "Jimmy Noel". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  4. "Don Collier: Outlaws from Television Star Book" website:"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-11-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Outlaws: "The Rape of Red Sky"". IMDB. Retrieved March 1, 2009.
  6. ""Shorty"". Internet Movie Data Base. November 3, 1960. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  7. IMDB, Outlaws "Starfall": https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0668035/
  8. IMDB, The Outlaws, "The Daltons Must Die": https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0668045/
  9. "The Quiet Killer (December 29, 1960)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  10. IMDB, Conlan Carter, acting credits: https://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi1262419993/
  11. "John Pickard". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  12. IMDB, Outlaws, "Sam Bass": https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0668033/
  13. IMDB, Outlaws, "The Dark Sunrise of Griff Kincaid":https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0668047/
  14. "The Sisters: Outlaws". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  15. 19601961 and 19611962 American network television schedules
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