A Fistful of Guns (TV Series Westerns 1950's)

by osloj | created - 22 Apr 2016 | updated - 23 Apr 2016 | Public

American TV Series Westerns were a mainstay of German TV in the late 1950's. Many Germans loved American Westerns and there were plenty around at the time, Gunsmoke (TV Series 1955–1975), Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series 1958–1961), Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series 1957–1963), The Rifleman (TV Series 1958–1963), Rawhide (TV Series 1959–1965), Laramie (TV Series 1959–1963), Wagon Train (1957–62 and 1962–65), and Lawman (TV Series 1958–1962).

Just watching American TV Westerns, you are reminded how good these shows were written, how well they were acted and the sets, even though at times cheap, how they ultimately provided a more than reliable Western feel.

Frequent stars and character actors provided good action and fluid movement in the time allotted. Seeing them now, I am reminded how much I miss 1950's television.

Claude Akins, Eddie Albert, Martin Balsam, James Garner, Ernest Borgnine, David Janssen, Jack Elam, Burt Reynolds, Sterling Hayden, Cameron Mitchell, Jack Palance are just a few of the great actors that were on the show.

Of course, no one today will remember all these fine actors, which is a complete shame.

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1. Sugarfoot (1957–1961)

60 min | Western

Correspondence-school law graduate Tom Brewster travels west to seek his fortune. Unfortunately, his "cowboy" abilities leave a lot to be desired and earn him the nickname "Sugarfoot", ... See full summary »

Stars: Will Hutchins, Charles Fredericks, Gil Perkins, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 306

3. The Gene Autry Show (1950–1955)

30 min | Western

The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.

Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Pat Buttram, Bob Woodward

Votes: 169

4. Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951–1958)

30 min | Western

Hickok rode Buckshot and 300-pound Jingles rode Joker. Jingles described Hickok as "the bravest, Strongest, fightingest U.S. Marshal in the whole West." And that's about it: he beat up all the bad guys and somehow kept his good looks.

Stars: Guy Madison, Andy Devine, Sam Flint, William Haade

Votes: 152

5. The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951–1960)

30 min | Western

Kit and his pal El Toro go all over the west securing justice for all (absolutely no connection with the historical character).

Stars: Bill Williams, Don Diamond, John Cason, Boyd Stockman

Votes: 87

7. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson

Votes: 621

8. Hopalong Cassidy (1952–1954)

60 min | Western

Hopalong and his horse Topper catch bad guys with Red Connors for comic relief.

Stars: William Boyd, Edgar Buchanan, George Wallace, Rick Vallin

Votes: 259

9. Cowboy G-Men (1952– )

30 min | Western

Pat Gallagher and his sidekick Stoney Crockett are Secret Service agents in the Old West, dispatched by the government to investigate crimes threatening the young nation.

Stars: Russell Hayden, Jackie Coogan, Phil Arnold, X Brands

Votes: 46

10. Lash of the West (1953– )

15 min | Western

This 15-minute show consisted of cowboy actor Lash LaRue introducing clips from his old films and occasionally bringing on a guest, usually an actor who appeared in one of more of his ... See full summary »

Stars: Lash La Rue, Cliff Taylor, John Martin

Votes: 7

11. Cheyenne (1955–1963)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

After the Civil War, nomadic adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women, and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode.

Stars: Clint Walker, Clyde Howdy, Chuck Hicks, Lane Chandler

Votes: 1,273

12. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.

Stars: Lee Aaker, James Brown, Rin Tin Tin II, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 598

13. Annie Oakley (1954–1957)

30 min | Western

A fictionalized account of the life of legendary Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Set in the quiet western town of Diablo, Annie and her little brother Tagg made sure that outlaws who ... See full summary »

Stars: Gail Davis, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Hawkins, Bob Woodward

Votes: 211

14. Colt .45 (1957–1960)

30 min | Western

Christopher Colt was apparently a gun salesman, but was, in fact, a government Agent tracking down notorious bad guys. His cousin Sam took the lead when the studio had contract disputes with the original star.

Stars: Wayde Preston, Kenneth MacDonald, Donald May, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 80

15. Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1955–1958)

30 min | Action, Western

Canadian Mountie Sgt. Preston patrols the wilds of the Yukon with his horse Rex and his faithful dog Yukon King, battling both the elements and criminals.

Stars: Dick Simmons, Yukon King, Vic Perrin, Rex

Votes: 289

16. My Friend Flicka (1955–1960)

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Western

Set in Montana about 1900, this was a story about young Ken McLaughlin and his horse Flicka. Ken lived on a ranch with his parents Rob and Nell and the ranch-hand Gus and had many an adventure.

Stars: Gene Evans, Anita Louise, Johnny Washbrook, Frank Ferguson

Votes: 119

17. Fury (1955–1960)

30 min | Family, Western

A horse and the boy who loved him.

Stars: Peter Graves, William Fawcett, Bobby Diamond, Highland Dale

Votes: 385

18. Tales of the Texas Rangers (1955–1959)

30 min | Family, Western

Typical western with a twist. The two stars appeared as Texas Rangers but in a different scenario each program. One week, they might be Rangers in the 1840s and the next week they would be ... See full summary »

Stars: Willard Parker, Harry Lauter, William Boyett, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 80

19. Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

Buffalo Bill Jr. and his kid sister Calamity are raised under the watchful eye of Judge Ben 'Fair and Square" Wiley. Together this dynamic trio keep law and order in small town of Wileyville, Arizona.

Stars: Dickie Jones, Nancy Gilbert, Harry Cheshire, Bob Woodward

Votes: 62

20. Brave Eagle (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

Reflecting the Native American viewpoint in the settlement of the American West, This was the first series where an American Indian was the lead character.

Stars: Keith Larsen, Anthony Numkena, Kim Winona, Bert Wheeler

Votes: 55

21. The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956–1958)

30 min | Adventure, Western

Set in the Louisiana Territory around 1830, wealthy planter Jim Bowie encounters many famous people in New Orleans or the backwoods, relying for protection on the knife he supposedly ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Forbes, William Schallert, John Laing, Joyce Vanderveen

Votes: 171

22. Frontier (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

An unglamorized look at the settling of the American West with pioneers dealing with the elements, beset with nefarious characters and other problems that test their fortitude.

Stars: Walter Coy, Scott Forbes, Dabbs Greer, Jack Kelly

Votes: 31

23. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Of the many anthology series, this is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts, it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 253

Westerns.

24. Broken Arrow (1956–1960)

30 min | Western

Indian Agent Tom Jeffords makes friends with Chief Cochise, becoming a blood brother of the Apache. Together they fight white schemers and renegade Indians.

Stars: John Lupton, Michael Ansara, Steven Ritch, Steve Conte

Votes: 171

25. Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

An anthology based (earlier more so than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Dick Powell was often the star, as well as the host.

Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Sande, Denver Pyle, Bill Erwin

Votes: 323

26. Circus Boy (1956–1958)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

12-year-old Corky has been adopted by a traveling circus owned by Big Tim Champion. He is water boy to baby elephant Bimbo and otherwise participates in the behind-the-scenes life of the circus.

Stars: Micky Dolenz, Noah Beery Jr., Robert Lowery, Bimbo the Elephant

Votes: 171

27. Judge Roy Bean (1955– )

30 min | Western

Western set in the Texas town of Langtry, named after Lillie Langtry. When storekeeper Roy Bean becomes fed up with the lawlessness in the town, he establishes himself as a judge and introduces a system of law and order.

Stars: Edgar Buchanan, Jack Buetel, Jackie Loughery, X Brands

Votes: 71

29. The Adventures of Pow Wow (1956– )

5 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Based on Indian folklore, the fables included "How the Fox Got His White-Tipped Tale", "Pow Wow and the Stork", "How the Rabbit Got His Hop", "Pow Wow and Playing Possum", and "How the Turtle Got His Shell".

Votes: 23

30. The Cisco Kid (1950–1956)

Approved | 30 min | Western

The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho travel the old west in the grand tradition of the Lone Ranger, righting wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they find it.

Stars: Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo, Troy Melton, Bill Catching

Votes: 450

31. Man Without a Gun (1957–1959)

30 min | Western

The adventures of Adam MacLean, publisher and chief reporter for the Yellowstone Sentinel of Yellowstone, Wyoming, in the late 19th century.

Stars: Rex Reason, Mort Mills, Harry Harvey, Forrest Taylor

Votes: 27

32. Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)

TV-14 | 60 min | Western

Agent Jim Hardie shifts over its history from being mostly an Agent helping Wells Fargo cope with bad guys, to being the owner of a ranch near San Francisco, California, who still does some... See full summary »

Stars: Dale Robertson, Art Felix, Kit Carson, William Demarest

Votes: 478

33. Zorro (1957–1959)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Don Diego de la Vega opposes the corrupt tyrants of Spanish California as the masked swordsman, Zorro.

Stars: Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, Henry Calvin, Don Diamond

Votes: 2,858

34. Boots and Saddles (1956– )

30 min | Western

Captain Shanks Adams is in charge of the real Ft. Lowell in this syndicated fictional series. Set in the dangerous Arizona territory, Adams combats all sorts of trials assisted by his scout Luke Cummings and Lt. Binning.

Stars: John Pickard, Dave Willock, Michael Hinn, John Alderson

Votes: 41

35. Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957)

Approved | 30 min | Adventure, Western

Nat Cutler, known as Hawkeye, is a fur trader. With his faithful Indian companion Chingachgook, the last of the Mohican tribe, he fights to protect settlers against the raiding Huron ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Bill Walsh, John Vernon

Votes: 147

36. Trackdown (1957–1959)

30 min | Western

Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman travels the Old West tracking down assorted killers, bank robbers, horse thieves and other evildoers.

Stars: Robert Culp, Norman Leavitt, Ellen Corby, Peter Leeds

Votes: 217

37. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts, and Rocky Mountains.

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire

Votes: 2,195

38. Tombstone Territory (1957– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

Tough Sheriff Clay Hollister keeps the law in Tombstone, Arizona with the support of his faithful Deputies and the Editor of the local newspaper.

Stars: Pat Conway, Richard Eastham, Quentin Sondergaard, Bill Catching

Votes: 195

39. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)

Approved | 25 min | Western

The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham, Stewart East

Votes: 2,138

40. Casey Jones (1957–1958)

30 min | Adventure, Western

Television version of the classic train story of Casey Jones, the engineer of the steam-engine powered "Cannonball Express".

Stars: Alan Hale Jr., Bobby Clark, Eddy Waller, Dub Taylor

Votes: 120

41. The Restless Gun (1957–1959)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

The adventures of Vint Bonner, a cowboy in the post Civil War era.

Stars: John Payne, Dan Blocker, Jeanne Bates, Stuart Randall

Votes: 154

42. The Gray Ghost (1957– )

30 min | Adventure, War, Western

The Civil War exploits of Confederate cavalry officer John Singleton Mosby, nicknamed the Gray Ghost, was the basis of this syndicated series. Sgt. Magruder was the only other regular ... See full summary »

Stars: Tod Andrews, Phil Chambers, Sherwood Price, Jean Willes

Votes: 75

43. 26 Men (1957–1959)

30 min | Western

True stories of the Arizona rangers around 1900.

Stars: Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, Hal Hopper, Jack Riggs

Votes: 80

44. The Californians (1957–1959)

30 min | Western

San Franciscans during the goldrush of the 1850s attempt to maintain law and order in their wild city. Newly arrived Matthew Wayne becomes sheriff, then marshal, and organizes the city ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Coogan, Sean McClory, Adam Kennedy, Nan Leslie

Votes: 48

45. Maverick (1957–1962)

60 min | Comedy, Western

Bret and Bart Maverick are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore, Lane Chandler

Votes: 2,371

46. Tomahawk (1957– )

30 min | Adventure, Family, History