Frontier Circus

Summary

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

Frontier Circus
James Edward Barton (1890-1962) in 1962.jpg
James Barton with Nan Peterson (left) and Jackie Russell in "The Clan MacDuff" episode, 1962
GenreWestern
Created bySamuel A. Peeples
Written bySamuel A. Peeples
Frank Price
Directed byTay Garnett
William Witney
StarringJ. Pat O'Malley
Chill Wills
ComposerDavid Buttolph
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesCalliope Productions
Revue Studios
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 5, 1961 (1961-10-05) –
September 6, 1962 (1962-09-06)

OverviewEdit

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.

CastEdit

Guest starsEdit

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Depths of Fear"TBATBAOctober 5, 1961 (1961-10-05)
2"The Smallest Target"TBATBAOctober 12, 1961 (1961-10-12)
3"Lippizan"TBATBAOctober 19, 1961 (1961-10-19)
4"Dr. Sam"TBATBAOctober 26, 1961 (1961-10-26)
5"The Hunter and the Hunted"TBATBANovember 2, 1961 (1961-11-02)
6"Karina"TBATBANovember 9, 1961 (1961-11-09)
7"Journey from Hannibal"TBATBANovember 16, 1961 (1961-11-16)
8"Winter Quarters"TBATBANovember 23, 1961 (1961-11-23)
9"The Patriarch of Purgatory"TBATBANovember 30, 1961 (1961-11-30)
10"The Shaggy Kings"TBATBADecember 7, 1961 (1961-12-07)
11"Coals of Fire"TBATBAJanuary 4, 1962 (1962-01-04)
12"The Balloon Girl"TBATBAJanuary 11, 1962 (1962-01-11)
13"Mr. Grady Regrets"TBATBAJanuary 25, 1962 (1962-01-25)
14"Quick Shuffle"TBATBAFebruary 1, 1962 (1962-02-01)
15"The Courtship"TBATBAFebruary 15, 1962 (1962-02-15)
16"Stopover in Paradise"TBATBAFebruary 22, 1962 (1962-02-22)
17"Calamity Circus"TBATBAMarch 8, 1962 (1962-03-08)
18"The Inheritance"TBATBAMarch 15, 1962 (1962-03-15)
19"Naomi Champagne"TBATBAMarch 29, 1962 (1962-03-29)
20"Mighty Like Rouges"TBATBAApril 5, 1962 (1962-04-05)
21"Never Won Fair Lady"TBATBAApril 12, 1962 (1962-04-12)
22"The Good Fight"TBATBAApril 19, 1962 (1962-04-19)
23"The Clan MacDuff"TBATBAApril 26, 1962 (1962-04-26)
24"The Race"TBATBAMay 3, 1962 (1962-05-03)
25"The Daring Durandos"TBATBAMay 17, 1962 (1962-05-17)
26"Incident at Pawnee Gun"TBATBASeptember 6, 1962 (1962-09-06)

ReceptionEdit

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.

Home mediaEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Frontier Circus - The Complete Series". tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on August 31, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2013.

External linksEdit

  • Frontier Circus at IMDb