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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.

Dirty Sally
Written byEarl Barret
Calvin Clements Sr.
Dale Eunson
Leonard Katzman
John Mantley
Denver Pyle
Jay Simms
Directed byLeonard Katzman
Philip Leacock
Vincent McEveety
Irving J. Moore
Denver Pyle
StarringJeanette Nolan
Dack Rambo
Composer(s)Bruce Broughton
John Carl Parker
Jerrold Immel
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)John Mantley
Producer(s)Leonard Katzman
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time24 mins.
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJanuary 11 (1974-01-11) –
April 5, 1974 (1974-04-05)
Related showsGunsmoke



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.[1] 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.


Title Air date
1"Right of Way"January 11, 1974 (1974-01-11)
2"The Orphans"January 18, 1974 (1974-01-18)
3"The Old Soldier"January 25, 1974 (1974-01-25)
4"Convict"February 1, 1974 (1974-02-01)
5"Horse of a Different Color"February 8, 1974 (1974-02-08)
6"Too Long to Wait"February 15, 1974 (1974-02-15)
7"All That Glitters"February 22, 1974 (1974-02-22)
8"Much Ado About Nothing"March 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)
9"Wimmen's Rights"March 15, 1974 (1974-03-15)
10"I Never Saw the Pacific"March 22, 1974 (1974-03-22)
11"My Fair Laddie"March 29, 1974 (1974-03-29)
12"The Hanging of Cyrus Pike"April 5, 1974 (1974-04-05)
13"Honk 'em, Squonk 'em, Git the Wampum"April 19, 1974 (1974-04-19)

Production notesEdit

Guest stars on Dirty Sally included Scott Brady, Kathleen Cody, Nicholas Hammond, Gene Evans, Jackie Coogan, Maudie Prickett, Robert Totten, Vincent Van Patten, and John McIntire, Nolan’s husband.

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.[2]


  1. ^ 1973-1974 and 1974-1975 American network television schedule
  2. ^ Dirty Sally at Yahoo! TV

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