A Man Called Shenandoah is an American western series that aired Monday evenings on ABC-TV from September 13, 1965 to May 16, 1966. It was produced by MGM Television. Some of the location work for the 34 half-hour black and white episodes were filmed in California's High Sierras and Mojave Desert.
|A Man Called Shenandoah|
|Written by||Ed Adamson|
Robert C. Dennis
E. Jack Neuman
Samuel A. Peeples
Daniel B. Ullman
|Directed by||David Alexander|
Nathan H. Juran
Joseph H. Lewis
|Opening theme||"Oh Shenandoah"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||34|
|Running time||30 mins.|
|Original release||September 13, 1965 –|
May 16, 1966
The series starred Robert Horton, who had costarred on Wagon Train from 1957 to 1962. He left that series, vowing never to do another television western, but agreed to star in A Man Called Shenandoah because he felt the show would be a great opportunity for him as an actor. The series is set in 1870 and portrays an amnesiac facing hardship and danger while trying to unravel his identity and his past.
Robert Horton plays a man who was shot and left for dead. In the premiere episode, two buffalo hunters find him out on the prairie and, thinking he might be an outlaw, take him to the nearest town in hopes of receiving reward money. When he regains consciousness, he has no recollection of who he was, or why anyone would want to harm him. The doctor who treats his wounds gives him the name "Shenandoah," stating the word means "land of silence".
For the remainder of the series, Shenandoah roams the West in search of clues to his identity. He learns that he had been a Union officer during the American Civil War, and comes to believe that he had been married. The final episode, "Macauley's Cure", ends with Mrs. Macauley telling Shenandoah: "It's not always important who you are; it's always important what you are."
Among the guest stars on the series were Claude Akins, Ed Asner, Elisha Cook Jr., Jeanne Cooper, John Dehner, Bruce Dern, Elinor Donahue, Leif Erickson, Beverly Garland, Sally Kellerman, DeForest Kelley, George Kennedy, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, John McIntire, Martin Milner, Leonard Nimoy, Jeanette Nolan, Warren Oates, Joyce Van Patten, James Doohan, and Michael Witney.
The show's theme song was the traditional American folk tune "Oh Shenandoah", with new, specialized lyrics written by Horton himself. Horton, who had performed in musical theater, also sang the song. His recording became a Columbia single in 1965. It is from Horton's Columbia album The Man Called Shenandoah (Cs-9208, stereo; Cl-2408, mono; both 1965).
The series is surprisingly popular on Rhodesian Television (RTV) in central Africa, and the song, reworked by local talent Nick Taylor, reached Number 3 on the Rhodesian Broadcasting Corporation hit parade.
When reruns of the series aired on Turner Network Television in the 1990s, only 29 of the 34 episodes were rebroadcast. Since 2017, A Man Called Shenandoah has aired in the United States on the GetTV network, as part of their Western-themed programming block.
In February 2014, Warner Archive Instant offered all 34 uncut episodes as part of their streaming service.
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"The Onslaught"||Paul Wendkos||Story by : E. Jack Neuman|
Teleplay by : Norman Katkov
|September 13, 1965||8026|
|2||"Survival"||Boris Sagal||E. Jack Neuman||September 20, 1965||8001|
|3||"The Fort"||Don McDougall||Sam Ross||September 27, 1965||8004|
|4||"The Caller"||David Alexander||Daniel Mainwaring||October 11, 1965||8009|
|5||"The Debt"||John English||Jack Turley||October 18, 1965||8032|
|6||"Obion – 1866"||Harry Harris||Robert C. Dennis||October 25, 1965||8029|
|7||"The Verdict"||Thomas Carr||Daniel B. Ullman||November 1, 1965||8031|
|8||"Town on Fire"||Nathan Juran||Robert Hamner||November 8, 1965||8039|
|9||"Incident at Dry Creek"||Joseph H. Lewis||Antony Ellis||November 15, 1965||8028|
|10||"The Locket"||Harry Harris||Samuel A. Peeples||November 22, 1965||8037|
|11||"The Reward"||Nathan Juran||Robert C. Dennis||November 29, 1965||8036|
|12||"A Special Talent for Killing"||Harry Harris||Robert Hamner||December 6, 1965||8047|
|13||"The Siege"||Jud Taylor||Robert C. Dennis||December 13, 1965||8046|
|14||"The Bell"||David Alexander||Terence Maples||December 20, 1965||8022|
|15||"The Young Outlaw"||Don McDougall||Frank Gruber||December 27, 1965||8019|
|16||"The Accused"||Byron Paul||Story by : Herman Groves|
Teleplay by : Joseph Calvelli & Herman Groves
|January 3, 1966||8035|
|17||"Run, Killer, Run"||Nathan Juran||Paul Savage||January 10, 1966||8033|
|18||"Rope's End"||Virgil Vogel||Daniel B. Ullman||January 17, 1966||8043|
|19||"The Lost Diablo"||Jerry Hopper||Samuel A. Peeples||January 24, 1966||8045|
|20||"A Long Way Home"||Lewis Allen||Robert Hamner||January 31, 1966||8051|
|21||"End of a Legend"||Jud Taylor||Robert Hamner||February 7, 1966||8058|
|22||"Run and Hide"||Tom Gries||Robert C. Dennis||February 14, 1966||8048|
|23||"The Riley Brand"||Jud Taylor||Charles Hoffman||February 21, 1966||8057|
|24||"Muted Fifes, Muffled Drums"||Jud Taylor||Robert Hamner||February 28, 1966||8062|
|25||"Plunder"||Joseph H. Lewis||Daniel B. Ullman||March 7, 1966||8054|
|26||"Marlee"||Jud Taylor||Adrian Spies||March 14, 1966||8065|
|27||"The Death of Matthew Eldridge"||Joseph H. Lewis||Ed Adamson & Paul Savage||March 21, 1966||8049|
|28||"Aces and Kings"||Jud Taylor||Robert Hamner||March 28, 1966||8067|
|29||"The Impostor"||Nathan Juran||Daniel B. Ullman||April 4, 1966||8068|
|30||"An Unfamiliar Tune"||Tom Gries||Theodore Apstein & Tony Barrett||April 11, 1966||8060|
|31||"The Clown"||Nathan Juran||Ed Adamson||April 18, 1966||8070|
|32||"Requiem for the Second"||Murray Golden||Robert Hamner||May 2, 1966||8071|
|33||"Care of General Delivery"||Nathan Juran||Story by : Robert C. Dennis|
Teleplay by : Ed Adamson
|May 9, 1966||8066|
|34||"Macauley's Cure"||Murray Golden||Ed Adamson||May 16, 1966||8072|
On May 8, 2018, Warner Bros. released A Man Called Shenandoah – The Complete Series on DVD via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
"Unfortunately, stiff timeslot competition doomed Shenandoah after 34 half-hour episodes. CBS had the established Andy Griffith and NBC aired the popular Andy Williams. Even though Shenandoah was preceded from 8:30-9 by another Western, The Legend of Jesse James, it too faced insurmountable competition from Lucille Ball on CBS and Dr. Kildare on NBC. It seems Shenandoah’s search for his identity was as futile as ABC’s search for ratings and the series was cancelled on May 16, 1966, after 34 episodes, offering no resolution to Shenandoah’s search for truth.
Mr. Horton said he accepted the part because he saw the show’s story as more interesting than that of a typical western. "Basically it’s a character study of a man in search of his identity," he told The Daily News of New York.