The Daughters of Joshua Cabe

The Daughters of Joshua Cabe is a 1972 American TV Western film directed by Philip Leacock. The story is about an aging homesteader in the Old West who needs children to help him establish his claim on his property. With his real daughters unavailable, he recruits three young women with minor criminal backgrounds to pose as his daughters.

The Daughters of Joshua Cabe
Written byPaul Savage
Directed byPhilip Leacock
StarringBuddy Ebsen
Music byJeff Alexander
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Aaron Spelling
Leonard Goldberg
Producer(s)Richard E. Lyons
CinematographyArchie R. Dalzell
(as Arch Dalzell)
Editor(s)Art Seid
Running time74 minutes
Production company(s)Aaron Spelling Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Original networkABC
Original release
  • September 13, 1972 (1972-09-13)

The film was originally written for Walter Brennan.[1] Buddy Ebsen wound up playing the role of Joshua Cabe instead.[2]

The show drew "solid ratings".[3] It was the fifth most watched show that week.[4]

There were two sequels in the next few years, with mostly different casts from the original and from each other.


Due to a homesteading law, a fur trapper schemes to keep his land by hiring a hooker, a pickpocket and a thief to pose as his family.


The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return

This was the first sequel, made in 1975, directed by David Lowell Rich and with an entirely different cast.


The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe

This was the second sequel, made in 1976, directed by Bruce Bilson and again with an entirely different cast.[5] However, Jack Elam, who had appeared in the first film but not the second, reprised his original role in the third.



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