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6.7/10 TV

Country of origin  United States
First episode date  5 October 1961
Number of episodes  26
Number of seasons  1
7.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Western
Original language(s)  English
Final episode date  6 September 1962
Network  CBS
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Written by  Samuel A. Peeples Frank Price
Directed by  Tay Garnett William Witney
Starring  J. Pat O'Malley Chill Wills
Cast  John Derek, Richard Jaeckel, Chill Wills, Elizabeth Montgomery, J Pat O'Malley
Similar  Outlaws, The Tall Man, Rawhide, Laramie, Gunsmoke

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For the NBC program similarly named, see Frontier (1955 TV series).


Frontier Circus was an American Western television series about a traveling circus roaming the American West in the 1880s. Filmed by Revue Productions, the program aired on the CBS from October 5, 1961 until September 6, 1962.

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The show featured such veteran Western television and film performers as Chill Wills as "Colonel Kasey Thompson," John Derek as "Ben Travis," Richard Jaeckel as "Scout Tony Gentry," and J. Pat O'Malley as "Duffy". Characters Thompson and Travis were the owners of the Thompson/Travis traveling circus.

Guest stars

  • Claude Akins
  • Chris Alcaide
  • John Anderson
  • Edward Andrews
  • R. G. Armstrong
  • Eddie Albert
  • Parley Baer
  • Roy Barcroft
  • Don "Red" Barry
  • Patricia Barry
  • Lane Bradford
  • Kathie Browne
  • Red Buttons
  • Harry Carey, Jr.
  • Paul Carr
  • Iron Eyes Cody
  • John Considine
  • Richard Conte
  • Ellen Corby
  • Alex Cord
  • Lloyd Corrigan
  • Royal Dano
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Frank DeKova
  • Irene Dunne
  • Dan Duryea
  • Jena Engstrom
  • Jason Evers
  • Frank Ferguson
  • William Fawcett
  • Constance Ford
  • James Gregory
  • Don Haggerty
  • Alan Hale, Jr.
  • Anne Helm
  • Skip Homeier
  • Clegg Hoyt
  • Arte Johnson
  • Carolyn Jones
  • Henry Jones
  • Brian Keith
  • Adam Kennedy
  • Otto Kruger
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Bethel Leslie
  • George Macready
  • Howard McNear
  • Vera Miles
  • Roger Mobley
  • Elizabeth Montgomery
  • Jeanette Nolan
  • Nehemiah Persoff
  • William Phipps
  • John Pickard
  • Mike Ragan
  • Thelma Ritter
  • Gilbert Roland
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Charles Ruggles
  • Barbara Rush
  • Walter Sande
  • Vito Scotti
  • Jay Silverheels
  • Robert F. Simon
  • Joan Staley
  • Stella Stevens
  • Barbara Stuart
  • Gloria Talbott
  • Kenneth Tobey
  • Rip Torn
  • Jo Van Fleet
  • Robert J. Wilke
  • H. M. Wynant
  • Chief Yowlachie
  • Dick York
  • Reception

    Frontier Circus ran opposite two ABC sitcoms, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and The Donna Reed Show and another western series, The Outlaws on NBC, starring Barton MacLane and Don Collier. The difference between its plot and the plot of most standard Westerns may have led to its short run.

    DVD release

    Timeless Media Group released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 on April 20, 2010.


    Frontier Circus Wikipedia