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The Rogues is an American television series that appeared on NBC from September 13, 1964, to April 18, 1965, starring David Niven, Charles Boyer, and Gig Young as a related trio of former conmen who could, for the right price, be persuaded to trick a very wealthy and heinously unscrupulous mark. Although it won the 1964 Golden Globe award for Best Television Series, the show was cancelled after one season consisting of thirty episodes.

The Rogues
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Cast of the program for its 1964 premiere (Charles Boyer, Gig Young, David Niven, Robert Coote, and Gladys Cooper)
Created byIvan Goff
Ben Roberts
StarringDavid Niven
Charles Boyer
Gig Young
Opening theme"The Rogues", by Nelson Riddle
Composer(s)Nelson Riddle
Joseph Mullendore
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes30
Executive producer(s)Thomas J. McDermott
Producer(s)Collier Young
Running time50 mins.
Production company(s)Four Star-GIYO
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1964 (1964-09-13) –
April 18, 1965 (1965-04-18)



Niven and Boyer were two of the owners of Four Star Television, the show’s production company. Although sometimes appearing together, the three leads tended to rotate appearances as their schedules permitted, which meant that Young helmed more shows since he was less busy otherwise than Niven, who was still enjoying a career as a major movie leading man and had won the Academy Award for Best Actor only six years earlier, or Boyer. Larry Hagman was brought aboard for the last two episodes to help fill in for Young, who had been the lead in most of the previous episodes. The only episode in which Niven and Boyer had more or less equally large roles was "Bless You, G. Carter Huntington," which also featured Young in a substantial capacity. Niven briefly appears in a number of episodes but only takes the lead in three because of his schedule constraints due to making theatrical films. Also lending continuity were the presences of Gladys Cooper and Robert Coote, who appeared as supporting players in most episodes. Guest appearances included Walter Matthau, Everett Sloane, Gia Scala, George Sanders, Broderick Crawford, Darren McGavin, Sally Kellerman, Tol Avery, Dina Merrill, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, Marie Windsor, Raquel Welch, Elsa Martinelli, and Telly Savalas. Four Star President, David Charnay announced a feature film revival starring David Niven and Charles Boyer in 1968, but nothing came of it. In 1989, Blake Edwards optioned the series for a revival, but ABC passed on the unproduced pilot script in 1990.

Repeats of the series were aired on Me-TV during 2011-2012 and again in September 2014, and on Decades in March 2015. Commencing in 2018, the show was broadcast on Talking Pictures TV.

Main castEdit

Elsa Martinelli in The Rogues


Season 1Edit

Episode # Episode Title and Lead Actor(s) Original Airdate
1 "The Personal Touch" (Niven, Young) September 13, 1964
2 "The Day They Gave the Diamonds Away" (Boyer, Niven, Young) September 20, 1964
3 "The Stefanini Dowry" (Young, Boyer) September 27, 1964
4 "Viva Diaz!" (Niven, Boyer, Young) October 4, 1964
5 "House of Cards" (Young, Niven) October 11, 1964
6 "Death of a Fleming" (Boyer, Niven, Young) October 25, 1964
7 "The Project Man" (Young) November 1, 1964
8 "Two of a Kind" (Boyer) November 8, 1964
9 "Take Me in Paris" (Young, Boyer) November 15, 1964
10 "Fringe Benefits" (Niven, Boyer) November 22, 1964
11 "Plavonia, Hail and Farewell" (Young, Boyer, Niven) November 29, 1964
12 "The Boston Money Party" (Young, Boyer) December 6, 1964
13 "The Computer Goes West" (Boyer) December 13, 1964
14 "Hugger-Mugger, by the Sea" (Young, Boyer, Niven) December 20, 1964
15 "The Real Russian Caviar" (Boyer, Young) December 27, 1964
16 "Money is for Burning" (Young) January 3, 1965
17 "Gambit by the Golden Gate" (Boyer, Young, Niven) January 10, 1965
18 "Bless You, G. Carter Huntington" (Niven, Boyer, Young) January 17, 1965
19 "The Golden Ocean" (Young, Boyer) January 24, 1965
20 "The Diamond-Studded Pie" (Young, Boyer) January 31, 1965
21 "Bow to a Master" (Young, Boyer) February 7, 1965
22 "Run for the Money" (Young) February 14, 1965
23 "The Laughing Lady of Luxor" (Boyer) February 21, 1965
24 "The Bartered MacBride" (Young) February 28, 1965
25 "The Pigeons of Paris" (Boyer) March 7, 1965
26 "Our Men in Marawat" (Boyer) March 14, 1965
27 "Wherefore Art Thou, Harold?" (Young, Boyer) March 21, 1965
28 "Grave Doubts" (Young, Boyer, Niven) March 28, 1965
29 "Mr. White's Christmas" (Boyer, Hagman) April 4, 1965
30 "A Daring Step Backward" (Boyer, Niven, Hagman) April 18, 1965

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Result Award Category Recipient
1965 Winner Golden Globe Award Best TV Show
1965 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and Performers Robert Coote
1965 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and Performers Gladys Cooper

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