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Dirty Sally is an American comedy-drama Western series which ran on CBS from January 11 until April 5, 1974. The program is a spin-off of a two-part 1971 episode of Gunsmoke in which Sally nurses a young gunfighter back to health.
|Written by||Earl Barret|
Calvin Clements Sr.
|Directed by||Leonard Katzman|
Irving J. Moore
John Carl Parker
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||John Mantley|
|Running time||24 mins.|
|Original release||January 11 –|
April 5, 1974
The series stars Jeanette Nolan as Sally Fergus, a cantankerous, tobacco-chewing, rough-talking, and hard-drinking 62-year-old on her way west to pan for gold. Dack Rambo co-starred as Cyrus Pike, the young man who accompanies Sally to California. He was fleeing partners in crime. The plot centers on the two being detained in their trip west because of Sally’s frequent meddling into the lives of people that they encounter on the trail.
In the series, the two head for California, as Sally begins to view Cyrus as the son that she never had. Sally is something of a western junk collector loathed by many townspeople but liked by the main characters of Gunsmoke, who view her as the last frontierswoman.
Dirty Sally aired at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on Fridays opposite NBC’s ratings juggernaut Sanford and Son. It preceded Good Times, which would rank at #17 for the season with a 21.4 average rating, and replaced the equally short-lived comedy Calucci's Department, which occupied that time slot for the first eleven weeks of the 1973-1974 season. Planet of the Apes moved into that same time in the 1974-1975 season, and Good Times was moved to Tuesdays. Dirty Sally was quickly cancelled, though Nolan was nominated for a Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award. The series continued in repeats until August 9.
|1||"Right of Way"||January 11, 1974|
|2||"The Orphans"||January 18, 1974|
|3||"The Old Soldier"||January 25, 1974|
|4||"Convict"||February 1, 1974|
|5||"Horse of a Different Color"||February 8, 1974|
|6||"Too Long to Wait"||February 15, 1974|
|7||"All That Glitters"||February 22, 1974|
|8||"Much Ado About Nothing"||March 8, 1974|
|9||"Wimmen's Rights"||March 15, 1974|
|10||"I Never Saw the Pacific"||March 22, 1974|
|11||"My Fair Laddie"||March 29, 1974|
|12||"The Hanging of Cyrus Pike"||April 5, 1974|
|13||"Honk 'em, Squonk 'em, Git the Wampum"||April 19, 1974|
John Mantley was the executive producer; Leonard Katzman, the producer and writer. Actor Denver Pyle was one of the directors, along with Irving J. Moore, Philip Leacock, and Vincent McEveety. Pyle also did some of the writing and was a guest star. The series was produced by the CBS Television Network.