Cimarron City (TV series)

Summary

Cimarron City is an American one-hour Western television series, starring George Montgomery as Matt Rockford and John Smith as Lane Temple, airing for 26 episodes on NBC from 1958 to 1959 before being canceled. Cimarron City is a boomtown in Logan County, Oklahoma, north of Oklahoma City. Rich in oil and gold, Cimarron City aspires to become the capital of the future state of Oklahoma, to be created in 1907.

Cimarron City
George Montgomery Fred MacMurray Cimarron City 1958.jpg
George Montgomery as Matthew Rockford, with guest star Fred MacMurray, in
"I, the People" (1958)
GenreWestern
Written byNorman Jolley
Richard Morgan
Tom Seller
Directed byRichard Bartlett
Abner Biberman
John Meredyth Lucas
StarringGeorge Montgomery
John Smith
Audrey Totter
Dan Blocker
Theme music composerFrederick Herbert
Stanley Wilson
ComposerPaul Dunlap
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
ProducersRichard Bartlett
Norman Jolley
CinematographyJack MacKenzie
William A. Sickner
John F. Warren
EditorLee Huntington
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesMont Productions
Revue Studios
DistributorMCA TV
(1963-1964)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
(2004-2011)
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonoaural
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1958 (1958-09-27) –
April 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)

SynopsisEdit

Matthew Rockford is the son of an area cattle rancher, who is the founder and mayor of Cimarron City. Lane Temple, the blacksmith, serves also as the deputy sheriff. He maintains the law amid the crooked schemes concocted in Cimarron City.

Audrey Totter played Beth Purcell, the owner of the boarding house. The episodes were supposed to rotate equally among Montgomery, Smith, and Totter. The writers, however, did not give Totter enough stories as promised, and she left the series. Cimarron City also featured Dan Blocker (before Bonanza) in two roles. In the second episode, Blocker plays outlaw Carl Budinger, who is killed. In the fourth episode, he reappears as Carl's good-hearted brother, Tiny Budinger, who becomes one of Rockford's ranch hands.

CastEdit

Guest starsEdit

Production notesEdit

The series was filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California.

Cimarron City was placed opposite two more successful half-hour Western programs on the rival CBS network, Richard Boone's Have Gun, Will Travel and James Arness' Gunsmoke.

Episode listEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"I, the People"Jules BrickenTeleplay by: Gene L. Coon
Story by: Fenton Earnshaw
October 11, 1958 (1958-10-11)
2"Terror Town"Richard H. BartlettTeleplay by: Norman Jolley
Story by: Trebor Lewis
October 18, 1958 (1958-10-18)
3"To Become a Man"Richard H. BartlettNorman JolleyOctober 25, 1958 (1958-10-25)
4"Twelve Guns"Richard H. BartlettTeleplay by: Norman Jolley
Story by: Lew Richards & Norman Jolley
November 1, 1958 (1958-11-01)
5"The Medicine Man"TBATBANovember 8, 1958 (1958-11-08)
6"Hired Hand"John BrahmTeleplay by: Winston Miller
Story by: Lew Richards
November 15, 1958 (1958-11-15)
7"Kid on a Calico Horse"TBATBANovember 22, 1958 (1958-11-22)
8"The Beast of Cimarron"Abner BibermanNorman JolleyNovember 29, 1958 (1958-11-29)
9"A Respectable Girl"TBATBADecember 6, 1958 (1958-12-06)
10"The Bloodline"TBATBADecember 13, 1958 (1958-12-13)
11"Cimarron Holiday"TBATBADecember 20, 1958 (1958-12-20)
12"McGowan's Debt"TBATBADecember 27, 1958 (1958-12-27)
13"The Bitter Lesson"John Meredyth LucasTeleplay by: John Meredyth Lucas
Story by: Ernest Haycox
January 3, 1959 (1959-01-03)
14"A Legacy of Ossie Harper"TBATBAJanuary 10, 1959 (1959-01-10)
15"Child of Fear"TBATBAJanuary 17, 1959 (1959-01-17)
16"Burn the Town Down"Richard H. BartlettRalph WintersJanuary 24, 1959 (1959-01-24)
17"Runaway Train"TBATBAJanuary 31, 1959 (1959-01-31)
18"The Beauty and the Sorrow"TBATBAFebruary 7, 1959 (1959-02-07)
19"Return of the Dead"TBATBAFebruary 14, 1959 (1959-02-14)
20"Blind is the Killer"John Meredyth LucasTeleplay by: Robert C. Dennis & David Lord
Story by: David Lord
February 21, 1959 (1959-02-21)
21"The Unaccepted"Jerry HopperTeleplay by: William Raynor
Story by: Cyril Hume
February 28, 1959 (1959-02-28)
22"The Ratman"TBATBAMarch 7, 1959 (1959-03-07)
23"Have Sword, Will Duel"TBATBAMarch 14, 1959 (1959-03-14)
24"Chinese Invasion"TBATBAMarch 21, 1959 (1959-03-21)
25"The Town is a Prisoner"TBATBAMarch 28, 1959 (1959-03-28)
26"The Evil One"TBATBAApril 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)

Home mediaEdit

On March 6, 2012, Timeless Media Group released Cimarron City: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cimarron City: The Complete Series". Amazon. September 2020.

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit

  • Cimarron City at IMDb
  • http://www.westernclippings.com/remember/gmontgomery_doyouremember.shtml%7C%7CWestern[permanent dead link] Western Clippings George Montgomery interview
  • Cimarron City at epguides.com