Open main menu

Wikipedia β

Boots and Saddles (TV series)

Boots and Saddles is an American Western television series created by Robert A. Cinader which aired in syndication from 1957 to 1958. “It was a lonely land then, the vast frontier held by the last scattered remnants of the once great armies that fought the Civil War. To such as these, all but forgotten, doing a dirty, thankless job, without reward or glory, the army was a way of life, the only one they knew or wanted.”

Boots and Saddles
Genre Western
Created by Robert A. Cinader
Written by Don Brinkley
Robert A. Cinader
John Hawkins
Gene Roddenberry
Directed by William J. Hole, Jr.
Bernard L. Kowalski
Starring John M. Pickard
Patrick McVey
Gardner McKay
Theme music composer Fred Steiner
Composer(s) Fred Steiner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Producer(s) George Cahan
Robert Stillman
Editor(s) Irving Berlin[1]
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) California National Productions
Original network Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 19, 1957 (1957-09-19) – May 29, 1958 (1958-05-29)



Set in 1871 at Fort Lowell, fictionalized in appearance, in the former Arizona Territory, near Tucson, Arizona, the series stars Jack Pickard as U.S. Fifth Cavalry Captain Shank Adams, Patrick McVey as Lieutenant Colonel Wesley Hayes, and Gardner McKay as Lieutenant Dan Kelly, who have to fight the Apaches.[2] Other roles were filled by David Willock as Lieutenant Binning, John Alderson as Sergeant Bullock, and Mike Hinn as scout Luke Cummings.

McKay later starred in the ABC series, Adventures in Paradise.

The series was produced by California National Productions.[2]

Technical Advisor Col. J. S. Peters, Retired, U.S. Cavalry


The series was shot in Kanab Canyon in Utah.[3]

Episode listEdit

  1. "The Gatling Gun" by Gene Roddenberry, a visiting general unaware of proper desert fighting techniques challenges Hayes' command with a powerful new weapon. 19 Sept. 1957
  2. "The Repeater Rifle", an arms trader named Jackson (Ned Glass) sells repeating rifles at high prices to Indians. Captain Adams forces Jackson to ride patrol to see the danger of his transactions.[2] 26 Sept. 1957
  3. "The Obsession" by Tony Barrett, an officer blocks a young recruit’s attempts to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York on the grounds that the soldier (played by Wright King) cannot perform under battle conditions. 3 Oct. 1957
  4. "Private War", the fort is split between lingering Confederate and Union Army sympathizers.[2] 10 Oct. 1957
  5. “The Prussian Farmer” by Gene Roddenberry, a former Prussian cavalry officer named Franz Mueller (Herbert Rudley) helps the recruits repel an Apache attack. 17 Oct. 1957
  6. "The Paymaster", calm at the fort dissipates after four months of pay arrives; character actor Claude Akins guest stars. 24 Oct. 1957
  7. "Terror at Fort Lowell", scouts face danger tracking Apache raids. In "The Deserter", a trooper named Grimes (Paul Picerni) leaves his patrol in the desert without any horses. Robert Knapp plays Private Hank Swanson 31 Oct. 1957
  8. "Border Raiders" 7 Nov. 1957
  9. "The Deserter", Trooper Grimes, a troublemaker who Capt. Adams never had any use for, is caught deliberately giving an Apache prisoner bad water. The incident confirms Adams' decision to get rid of Grimes, but Grimes doesn't see it that way. 14 Nov. 1957
  10. "A Quiet Day at Fort Lowell", Captain Adams helps a soldier deal with his feelings of guilt resulting from an act of cowardice. 21 Nov. 1957
  11. "The Gift" 5 Dec. 1957
  12. "The Treasure", an American Civil War bandit wills his contraband to the U.S. government, but his daughter, Laurie (Rebecca Welles), comes forward to contest her father’s will. 12 Dec. 1957
  13. "The Coward" by Tony Barrett, a young soldier is accused of running away while under fire by Apaches. 19 Dec. 1957
  14. "The Marquis of Donnybrook" by Gene Roddenberry,Merriwether, played by DeForest Kelley, is a champion prizefighter from the 7th Cavalry 26 Dec. 1957
  15. "Pound of Flesh" 2 Jan. 1958
  16. "The Strange Death of Trooper Jones" 9 Jan. 1958
  17. "The Duel", Lieutenant Kelly is challenged to a duel, lance vs. saber, by an Apache chief. 16 Jan. 1958
  18. "The Last Word" 23 Jan. 1958
  19. "The Proud Condemned" 30 Jan. 1958
  20. "Female of the Species" 6 Feb. 1958
  21. "The Dispatch Rider" 13 Feb. 1958
  22. "The Eight-for-Five Men" 20 Feb. 1958
  23. "Late Arrival" 27 Feb. 1958
  24. "Rescue of the Stranger" by Gene Roddenberry 6 Mar. 1958
  25. "The Cook" 13 Mar. 1958
  26. "The Court Martial" 20 Mar. 1958
  27. "The Lost Patrol" 27 Mar. 1958
  28. "A Question of Duty" 3 Apr. 1958
  29. "One Man War" 10 Apr. 1958
  30. "The Indian Scout", Robert Knapp plays Private Hank Swanson. 17 Apr. 1958
  31. "The Politician" 24 Apr. 1958
  32. "The Recruit" by Tony Barrett, story by Barrett and S. S. Schwartzer 1 May 1958
  33. "The Superstition", Joe Conley, later storekeeper Ike Godsey on CBS's The Waltons, appears as Private Spanner. the story of a supposedly jinxed officer. A scout flees the fort fearful of Spanner’s "evil spirits". 8 May 1958
  34. "Iron John" 15 May 1958
  35. "The Holdout" 22 May 1958
  36. "Weight of Command", diphtheria strikes Fort Lowell. 27 May 1958
  37. "The Decision", the soldiers give food to hungry Southern Paiute Indians in violation of military rules and face discipline: "no good deed goes unpunished". 3 June 1958
  38. "The Captain's Leave" by John Hawkens, the series finale, Adams encounters a couple, with the wife pregnant, trying to cross the desert without sufficient supplies. 10 June 1958

In "The Trooper’s Wife", a domineering woman arrives at the fort to reclaim her husband (Strother Martin).

Series pilot "Cavalry Patrol" stars Dewey Martin as Lt. Johnny Reardon.


Ray Bailey (fr) adapted the TV series into a comic strip. [4]


  1. ^ Not to be confused with the musical composer Irving Berlin
  2. ^ a b c d "Boots and Saddles". Classic TV Archives. Retrieved September 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874. 
  4. ^

External linksEdit