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Frontier Circus

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
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James Barton with Nan Peterson (left) and Jackie Russell in "The Clan MacDuff" episode, 1962
GenreWestern
Written bySamuel A. Peeples
Frank Price
Directed byTay Garnett
William Witney
StarringJ. Pat O'Malley
Chill Wills
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 mins.
Production company(s)Calliope Productions
DistributorMCA TV
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 5, 1961 (1961-10-05) – September 6, 1962 (1962-09-06)

Contents

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.

Guest starsEdit

Episode guideEdit

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "The Depths of Fear" October 5, 1961
2 "The Smallest Target" October 12, 1961
3 "Lippizan" October 19, 1961
4 "Dr. Sam" October 26, 1961
5 "The Hunter and the Hunted" November 2, 1961
6 "Karina" November 9, 1961
7 "Journey from Hannibal" November 16, 1961
8 "Winter Quarters" November 23, 1961
9 "The Patriarch of Purgatory" November 30, 1961
10 "The Shaggy Kings" December 7, 1961
11 "Coals of Fire" January 4, 1962
12 "The Balloon Girl" January 11, 1962
13 "Mr. Grady Regrets" January 25, 1962
14 "Quick Shuffle" February 1, 1962
15 "The Courtship" February 19, 1962
16 "Stopover in Paradise" February 22, 1962
17 "Calamity Circus" March 8, 1962
18 "The Inheritance" March 15, 1962
19 "Naomi Champagne" March 29, 1962
20 "Mighty Like Rogues" April 5, 1962
21 "Never Won Fair Lady" April 12, 1962
22 "The Good Fight" April 19, 1962
23 "The Clan MacDuff" April 26, 1962
24 "The Race" May 3, 1962
25 "The Daring Durandos" May 17, 1962
26 "Incident at Pawnee Gun" September 6, 1962

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.

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