Starring Rory Calhoun
Original language(s) English
Final episode date 19 September 1960
Cast Rory Calhoun
Country of origin USA
First episode date 29 September 1958
Number of seasons 2
Number of episodes 78
|Written by Curtis KenyonHarry KronmanEdmund Morris|
Directed by George ArchainbaudFelix E. FeistRobert GordonErle C. KentonHollingsworth MorseEdward Ludwig
Similar Tales of Wells Fargo, Dick Powell's Zane Gre, The Restless Gun, Sheriff of Cochise, Lawman
The texan starring rory calhoun no tears for the dead as originally broadcast 8 december 1958
The Texan is a western television series starring popular B movie actor Rory Calhoun, which aired on the CBS television network from 1958 to 1960.
- The texan starring rory calhoun no tears for the dead as originally broadcast 8 december 1958
- the texan us tv series 1958 60 intro lead in
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In The Texan, Calhoun played Bill Longley, a Confederate captain from the American Civil War who on his pinto, Domino, roams the American West but stops to help people in need. A fast gun and the enemy of all lawbreakers, this "Robin Hood of the West" seems to appear nearly everywhere in the post-war years, not just in Texas.
Often the plots center about Longley helping an old friend or a relative of an old friend. Though known as a fearsome gunfighter, the fictional Bill Longley of The Texan is in no way the real Bill Longley. That Longley killed his first man in 1866, when he was fifteen, and was hanged in 1878 in Giddings in Lee County in Central Texas. A more accurate version of the real Longley is Douglas Kennedy's rendition in the syndicated series, Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis, and the first western series to win an Emmy Award.
The Texan offers several multi-part episodes. In a four-parter, Longley portrays the boss of a cattle drive; in another, a railroad construction supervisor. In still another, Longley pursues the bandit El Sombro in the fictitious corrupt community of Rio Nada. In this episode, Barbara Stuart makes one of her three appearances as Poker Alice, an unlikely frontier gambler, the mother of seven children who had once been a dealer at Bob Ford's saloon in Creede, Colorado, but lived thereafter primarily in Deadwood and Sturgis, South Dakota. Calhoun's then wife, Lita Baron, appeared in several episodes, including a three-parter.
The TV show was also adapted into a comic book by Dan Spiegle, distributed by Dell Comics.
On November 18, 2008, Timeless Media Group released a 10-disc best-of set entitled The Texan, which features seventy of the original seventy-eight episodes. The other eight episodes are missing.