The Cowboys (1974–1975)

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  • THE COWBOYS
    (TV Series)


    MUSIC BY JOHN WILLIAMS
    WARNER BROS. TELEVISION



    INFORMATION FROM IMDb


    Plot Summary
    Seven teenaged boys in 1870s New Mexico Territory fight off
    teenaged Comanches and grownup cattle rustlers under the tutelage
    of ranch foreman Nightlinger and rancher/widow Annie Andersen.
    Written by Ed Stephan


    Series Cast
    Moses Gunn ... Jebediah Nightlinger (12 episodes, 1974)
    Diana Douglas ... Annie Andersen (12 episodes, 1974)
    Jim Davis ... Marshal Bill Winter (12 episodes, 1974)
    A Martinez ... Cimarron (12 episodes, 1974)
    Robert Carradine ... Slim (12 episodes, 1974)
    Sean Kelly ... Jimmy (12 episodes, 1974)
    Kerry MacLane ... Homer (12 episodes, 1974)
    Clint Howard ... Steve (12 episodes, 1974)
    Mitch Brown ... Hardy (12 episodes, 1974)
    Clay O'Brien ... Weedy (12 episodes, 1974)
    John Carradine ... Oscar Schmidt (1 episode, 1974)
    DeForest Kelley ... Jack Potter (1 episode, 1974)
    and many more...


    Series Directed
    William Witney ... (5 episodes, 1974)
    William F. Claxton ... (4 episodes, 1974)
    and many more...


    Series Produced
    David Dortort ... executive producer (unknown episodes)
    John Hawkins ... producer (unknown episodes)


    Series Music Department
    John Williams ... composer: theme music (12 episodes, 1974)

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

  • The Cowboys was a short-lived Western television series based on the 1972 motion picture
    of the same name starring John Wayne.
    It aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television network
    from February 6 to May 8, 1974.


    The television show starred Jim Davis, Diana Douglas, Moses Gunn, A Martinez,
    Robert Carradine, and Clay O'Brien.
    David Dortort, best known for Bonanza and The High Chaparral, produced the series.


    The television show, like the movie, followed the exploits of seven boys
    who worked on a ranch in 1870s New Mexico.
    The Cowboys began as an hour-long series, but ABC decided to reduce running time to a half-hour format.


    The format change did not lead to increased viewers, and the show was the victim of early cancellation.


    Guest stars included Cal Bellini as Wa-Cha-Ka in "The Indian Givers",
    Kevin Hagen as Josh Redding in "Death on a Fast Horse",
    and Lurene Tuttle as Grandma Jesse in "Many a Good Horse Died".


    User Review


    Never came close to the film.
    7 January 2003 | by yenlo

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

  • Unless I just forgot about this series, I had no idea it existed. They should have know it couldn't touch the movie. Some things should be left alone.


    Mark

    "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "

  • Unless I just forgot about this series, I had no idea it existed. They should have know it couldn't touch the movie. Some things should be left alone.


    Mark

    Agreed! I saw photos of this series when I visited Buckskin Joe's in CO a couple of times. They apparently filmed both the movie and TV show there. I never bothered looking into the series because it just wouldn't ever come close to the movie.