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Cimarron City (TV series)

Cimarron City is an American one hour Western television series, starring George Montgomery as Matt Rockford and John Smith as Lane Temple, that aired on NBC from 1958 to 1959. 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
Composer(s)Paul Dunlap
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Producer(s)Richard Bartlett
Norman Jolley
CinematographyJack MacKenzie
William A. Sickner
John F. Warren
Editor(s)Lee Huntington
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Mont Productions
Revue Studios
DistributorMCA TV
(1963-1964)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonoaural
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1958 (1958-09-27) – April 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)

Contents

SynopsisEdit

Matthew Rockford is the son of the founder of Cimarron City as well as the mayor and an area cattle rancher. 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 pre-Bonanza in two roles. In the second episode, Blocker plays outlaw Carl Budinger and 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

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

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "I, The People" October 11, 1958
1-2 "Terror Town" October 18, 1958
1-3 "To Become a Man" October 29, 1958
1-4 "Twelve Guns" November 1, 1958
1-5 "The Medicine Man" November 8, 1958
1-6 "Hired Hand" November 15, 1958
1-7 "Kid On a Calico Horse" November 22, 1958
1-8 "The Beast of Cimarron" November 29, 1958
1-9 "A Respectable Girl" December 6, 1958
1-10 "The Bloodline" December 13, 1958
1-11 "Cimarron Holiday" December 20, 1958
1-12 "McGowan's Debt" December 27, 1958
1-13 "The Bitter Lesson" January 3, 1959
1-14 "A Legacy of Ossie Harper" January 10, 1959
1-15 "Child Of Fear" January 17, 1959
1-16 "Burn the Town Down" January 24, 1959
1-17 "Runaway Train" January 31, 1959
1-18 "The Beauty and The Sorrow" February 7, 1959
1-19 "Return of the Dead" February 14, 1959
1-20 "Blind Is the Killer" February 21, 1959
1-21 "The Unaccepted" February 28, 1959
1-22 "The Ratman" March 7, 1959
1-23 "Have Sword, Will Duel" March 14, 1959
1-24 "Chinese Invasion" March 21, 1959
1-25 "The Town Is A Prisoner" March 26, 1959
1-26 "The Evil One" April 4, 1959

DVD releaseEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television (1996). New York: Penguin Books ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  • Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows (1999). New York: Ballantine Books ISBN 0-345-42923-0

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