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Lancer is an American Western series that aired Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on CBS from September 24, 1968, to June 23, 1970.[1] The series stars Andrew Duggan as a father with two half-brother sons, played by James Stacy and Wayne Maunder, an arrangement similar to the more successful Bonanza on NBC.

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Andrew Duggan Elizabeth Baur Lancer 1968.JPG
Andrew Duggan and Elizabeth Baur, 1968
GenreWestern
Created bySamuel A. Peeples
Directed byRobert Butler
StarringJames Stacy
Wayne Maunder
Andrew Duggan
Elizabeth Baur
Theme music composerJerome Moross
Composer(s)Jerome Moross
Arthur Morton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes51
Production
Producer(s)Sam Wanamaker (pilot episode)
Alan A. Armer
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48 mins.
Production company(s)20th Century-Fox Television
Distributor20th Century-Fox Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1968 (1968-09-24) – June 23, 1970 (1970-06-23)

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SynopsisEdit

Duggan stars as the less than admirable Murdoch Lancer, the patriarch of the Lancer family. Stacy appears as half-Mexican gunslinger Johnny Madrid Lancer. Wayne Maunder was cast as Scott Lancer, the educated older son (though he is younger than Stacy) and a veteran of the Union Army, in contrast to Stacy's role of former gunslinger. Paul Brinegar also appeared as Jelly Hoskins, a series regular from season two after making a one off guest appearance during the first season. Elizabeth Baur (who later replaced Barbara Anderson on Ironside from season five to eight) also was a series regular cast member as Murdoch Lancer's ward Teresa O'Brien.

Guest stars included Joe Don Baker, Scott Brady, Ellen Corby, Jack Elam, Sam Elliott, Bruce Dern, Kevin Hagen, Ron Howard, Wright King, Cloris Leachman, Barbara Luna, George Macready, Warren Oates, Stefanie Powers, Tom Selleck and William Tannen.

Lancer lasted for 51 hour-long episodes shot in color. The program was rerun on CBS during the summer of 1971.[2]

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season 1: 1968–69Edit

Ep Title Air date
11"The High Riders"September 24, 1968 (1968-09-24)
22"Blood Rock"October 1, 1968 (1968-10-01)
33"Chase a Wild Horse"October 8, 1968 (1968-10-08)
44"Foley"October 15, 1968 (1968-10-15)
55"The Lawman"October 22, 1968 (1968-10-22)
66"Julie"October 29, 1968 (1968-10-29)
77"The Prodigal"November 12, 1968 (1968-11-12)
88"Jelly"November 19, 1968 (1968-11-19)
99"The Last Train for Charlie Poe"November 26, 1968 (1968-11-26)
1010"Glory"December 10, 1968 (1968-12-10)
1111"The Heart of Pony Alice"December 17, 1968 (1968-12-17)
1212"The Escape"December 31, 1968 (1968-12-31)
1313"The Wedding"January 7, 1969 (1969-01-07)
1414"Death Bait"January 14, 1969 (1969-01-14)
1515"The Black McGloins"January 21, 1969 (1969-01-21)
1616"Yesterday's Vendetta"January 28, 1969 (1969-01-28)
1717"Warburton's Edge"February 4, 1969 (1969-02-04)
1818"The Fix-It Man"February 11, 1969 (1969-02-11)
1919"Angel Day and Her Sunshine Girls"February 25, 1969 (1969-02-25)
2020"The Great Humbug"March 4, 1969 (1969-03-04)
2121"Juniper's Camp"March 11, 1969 (1969-03-11)
2222"The Knot"March 18, 1969 (1969-03-18)
2323"The Man Without a Gun"March 25, 1969 (1969-03-25)
2424"Child of Rock and Sunlight"April 1, 1969 (1969-04-01)
2525"The Measure of a Man"April 8, 1969 (1969-04-08)
2626"Devil's Blessing"April 22, 1969 (1969-04-22)

Season 2: 1969–70Edit

Ep Title Air date
271"Blind Man's Bluff"September 23, 1969 (1969-09-23)
282"Zee"September 30, 1969 (1969-09-30)
293"The Kid"October 7, 1969 (1969-10-07)
304"The Black Angel"October 21, 1969 (1969-10-21)
315"The Gifts"October 28, 1969 (1969-10-28)
326"Cut the Wolf Loose"November 4, 1969 (1969-11-04)
337"Jelly Hoskins' American Dream"November 11, 1969 (1969-11-11)
348"Welcome to Genesis"November 18, 1969 (1969-11-18)
359"A Person Unknown"November 25, 1969 (1969-11-25)
3610"Legacy"December 9, 1969 (1969-12-09)
3711"A Scarecrow at Hacket's"December 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
3812"Little Darling of the Sierras"December 30, 1969 (1969-12-30)
3913"Shadow of a Dead Man"January 6, 1970 (1970-01-06)
4014"Blue Skies for Willie Sharpe"January 13, 1970 (1970-01-13)
4115"Chad"January 20, 1970 (1970-01-20)
4216"The Lorelei"January 27, 1970 (1970-01-27)
4317"The Lion and the Lamb"February 3, 1970 (1970-02-03)
4418"The Experiment"February 17, 1970 (1970-02-17)
4519"Splinter Group"March 3, 1970 (1970-03-03)
4620"Lamp in the Wilderness"March 10, 1970 (1970-03-10)
4721"The Buscaderos"March 17, 1970 (1970-03-17)
4822"Dream of Falcons"April 7, 1970 (1970-04-07)
4923"Goodbye, Lizzie"April 28, 1970 (1970-04-28)
5024"The Rivals"May 5, 1970 (1970-05-05)
5125"Lifeline"May 19, 1970 (1970-05-19)

AwardsEdit

The episode entitled "Zee" with Stefanie Powers earned scriptwriter Andy Lewis the Western Writers of America "Spur Award", the first ever designated for a television script.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. Pp. 461-462.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1979). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows: 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25525-9. P. 335.
  3. ^ "Biography of Wayne Maunder". Geocities.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved January 10, 2009.

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