CTVA US Comedy - "Dusty's Trail" (1973-74) starring Bob Denver, Forrest Tucker

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Gilligan's Island (1964-67)
Dusty's Trail (1973-74)
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DUSTY'S TRAIL
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A Redwood and Writer First Production in association with
Metromedia Producers Corporation (MPC)
Executive Vice President in Charge of Production: Charles Fries
for
First-Run Syndication
Executive Producer Sherwood Schwartz / Produced by Elroy Schwartz
Created by Sherwood and Elroy Schwartz

US Comedy Western series 1973-74 26 episodes x 30 min color (24 titles listed here)
Starring
Bob Denver as Dusty
Forrest Tucker
as Callahan
Co-Starring:
Ivor Francis as Carter Brookhaven
Jeannine Riley as Lulu McQueen
Lori Saunders as Betsy
Lynn Wood as Daphne Brookhaven
Bill Cort as Andy

Callahan's horse - Blarney
Dusty's horse - Freckles

Premise:
In the 1880's a wagon train begins the long journey to California. Thanks to the dim-witted scout, Dusty, a stage and a wagon are separated from the
train and have to make the journey alone. It's up to wagonmaster Callahan, to get his passengers; the wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Brookhaven, dance hall
girl Lulu, sweet young teacher Betsy, and the brainy Andy, there safely, even with Dusty's help. Sound familiar? This short lived series was the
West's answer to "Gilligan's Island", even down to it's star, Bob Denver.

Background:
Bob Denver previously starred in the comedy series "Gilligan's Island" as Gilligan (1964-67, 98 episodes)
Forrest Tucker previously starred in the western comedy series "F Troop" as Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke (1965-67, 65 episodes)
Jeannine Riley previously starred in the comedy series "Petticoat Junction" as Billie Jo Bradley (1963-65)
Lori Saunders also previously starred in the series "Petticoat Junction"  as Bobbie Jo Bradley (1965-70)

Title Song "Dusty's Trail" by Sherwood Schwartz & Ross Schwartz
Title Song Sung by Mel Street

"Let's follow the path of Dusty's Trail
Oh Dusty's Trail, Oh Dusty's Trail
A stage and a wagon heading west,
part of a wagon train lost from the rest.
Dusty's the reason for their plight,
thanks to Dusty nothin's right.
Only the wagon master's hand,
keeps them rollin' to the promised land.
Oh the goin' gets mighty rough, they don't seem to mind,
it's California that's the place they must find.
Deserts and rocks are in their way.
But they won't stop come what may.
Mountains and hills that they must scale,
but they know they'll make it 'cause they just can't fail - on Dusty's Trail."


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Syndicated Program

 [01] Dusty's Trail: (title unknown)
1973-74
When the group sees a wanted poster with a bearded Callahan as an
outlaw they wonder if it is a lookalike coincidence or a good case
of concealing the past.

[02] Dusty's Trail: (title unknown)
1973-74
Dusty's toothache becomes a headache for all when a search for a
dentist turns into a skirmish with outlaws.

[03] Dusty's Trail: (title unknown)
1973-74
A fugitive is loose in the campsite. He is wanted on several counts,
including murder.

[04] Dusty's Trail: HOW NOT TO BE A GOOD SAMARITAN
1973-74
The wagon train picks up an injured little Indian brave who's
relatives are on the warpath.

1.5 [--] Dusty's Trail: THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Bill Freedman and Ben Gershman
Directed by Russ Mayberry
Featuring:
Jim Burk .............. Clint
Paul Wexler ........... Buck
Carol Worthington ..... Cleo
Suzanne Kent .......... Elvira
Synopsis:
Two cattle thieves try to rustle up some women.

1.6 [--] Dusty's Trail: THE WIZARD OF OOZE [verified on film]  
1973-74
Featuring:
Written by Skip Webster
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Featuring:
Sandy Kenyon ........ Virgil
David Frank ......... Ned
Synopsis:
Dusty gets amnesia and forgets to warn Callahan that the wagon train is camped on a volcano!

1.7 [--] Dusty's Trail: MY FAIR CALLAHAN [verified on film]  
1973-74
Written by Bruce Howard
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Featuring:
John Gruber ........ The Corporal
Patricia Blair ..... Mary Ellen Barstow
Synopsis:
Dusty and Callahan rescue a beautiful society girl lost on the trail. Callahan falls in love
with her and tries to become a gentleman to win her over.

1.8 [--] Dusty's Trail: DUEL FOR DAPHNE [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Al Schwartz & Larry Rhine
Directed by Les Martinson
Director of Photography: Alan Stensvold, A.S.C. / Film Editor Larry Heath
Featuring: (end cast)
Reuben Moreno ........ Indian Chief
Rudy Diaz ............ Indian Brave
Synopsis:
Dusty causes a misunderstanding between Mr. Brookhaven and Callahan over Mrs.
Brookhaven's affections, which leads the men to fight a duel over her.

1.9 [--] Dusty's Trail: LOVE MEANS BANANAS [verified on film]  
1973-74
Written by Ron Friedman
Directed by Les Martinson
Featuring:
Alan Bergmann ....... Klaus Von Schmitt
Jasnos Prohaska ..... the Gorilla
The wagon train encounters an escaped gorilla and his owner who is
trying to catch him, but before he can, the gorilla captures Betsy.

1.10 [--] Dusty's Trail: TREASURE OF C. HENRY MATRES [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by David Harmon
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Director of Photography: Alan Stensvold, A.S.C. / Film Editor Larry Heath
Featuring:
Janos Prohaska ..... the Bear
Synopsis:
Dusty finds a treasure map and makes everyone his partner which
brings out everyone's greed, until they think that he has been killed.

1.11 [--] Dusty's Trail: JOHN L. CALLAHAN [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Rick Mittleman
Directed by John Florea
Featuring:
Denny Miller ......... Butcher Dan
Cliff Norton ......... Bart Twitchell
Synopsis:
Callahan enters a boxing match and will win $500 if he can stay in the ring for five minutes
with the champ, who kidnapped Mrs. Brookhaven.

1.12 [--] Dusty's Trail: HALF MOON  [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Austin and Irma Kalish
Directed by Earl Bellamy
Featuring:
Iron Eyes Cody ....... Full Moon
Ken Renard ........... Shaman
Ivan Naranjo ......... Laughing Cow
Priscilla Garcia ..... Pale Cloud
Billy Blackmore ...... Indian #1
Calvin Chrane ........ Indian #2
Janos Prohaska ....... the Bear
Synopsis:
Dusty is kidnapped by Indians and taken to live with them, since the Chief believes he is his
long lost son because of a moon shaped scar on his rear end.

1.13 [--] Dusty's Trail: WITCH'S TRAIL  [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Gene Thompson
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Featuring:
Flora Plumb .......... Priscilla
Synopsis:
Dusty and Callahan meet a girl while scouting, but after she arrives in camp, strange things
begin happening and everyone believes she's a witch.

[14] Dusty's Trail: THEN THERE WERE SEVEN
1973-74
Guest Star:
Bill Williams
Andy and Betsy are tricked into operating on a wounded outlaw which
leads to the entire wagon train being held hostage in a ghost town.

1.15 [--] Dusty's Trail: THE MAGICIAN  [verified on film]  
1973-74
Written by John Fenton Murray
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Featuring:
Billy Barty .......... Zeno
and:
Cesare Danova ........ Count Arturo, the Great Magician
Synopsis:
The wagon train meets a traveling magician who is really a thief with an assistant who steals while he performs.
When he leaves he takes a lot with him, including Betsy!

1.16 [--] Dusty's Trail: ANDROCLES AND THE BEAR  [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by John Fenton Murray
Directed by John Florea
Featuring:
William Bryant ...... Blake
William Stevens ..... Kemp
Robert Prohaska ..... Hostile Bear
and:
Janos Prohaska ...... Hercules
Synopsis:
Dusty pulls a thorn from a bear's paw and the bear follows him back. Though he is friendly,
the others send him away, until they must save the animal from hunters.

1.17
[--] Dusty's Trail: CAVALRY IS COMING  [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Austin and Irma Kalish
Directed by Richard Michaels
Featuring:
Mathew Knox ........ Corporal Sprowls
David Parish ....... The Sentry
Frank Whiteman ..... The Lieutenant
Stephen Coit ....... The Commanding Officer
Joey Sinda ......... The Guard
Rayford Barnes ..... Sergeant O'Ryan
Jack Bailey ........ Gen. Cunningham
Synopsis:
An old Army friend of Callahan's comes into camp and arrests Andy as a deserter and thief who stole an Army payroll.
Soon Dusty and Callahan are arrested also, and it's up to the Brookhavens to rescue them!

1.18 [--] Dusty's Trail: NOTHING TO CROW ABOUT  [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Rick Mittleman
Directed by Russ Mayberry
(No Guest Cast in this Episode)
Synopsis:
The wagon train has to run to escape a hurricane but someone has stolen the map to Hidden Canyon, among other things,
and everyone begins to think Dusty is a kleptomaniac.

1.19
[--] Dusty's Trail: THE PHONEY EXPRESS  [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Howard Ostroff
Directed by Robert Jones
Featuring:
Buddy Ochoa ......... Army Courier
Gary Van Orman ...... Captain Conway
Bill Fletcher ....... Bates
Synopsis:
Dusty meets a wounded soldier who locks a courier pouch on his arm with instructions to guard
it with his life, deliver it to Fort Hale, and keep it out of the hands of the outlaw, Bates.

1.20
[--] Dusty's Trail: BROOKHAVEN U.S.A.  [verified on film]
1973-74
Teleplay by Bruce Howard and Marc Mandel/ Story by Elroy Schwartz
Directed by Richard Michaels
Featuring:
Russ Marin ......... The Officer
Gene Tyburn ........ The Sergeant
and:
Paul Brinegar ...... The Prospector
Synopsis:
The train makes camp in a ghost town, abandoned when the water ran out. An accident opens up a new water supply
and they decide to stay, unaware that the Army plans to blow up the town as an exercise!

[21] Dusty's Trail: HERE COMES THE GROOMS
1973-74
Guest Star:
Paul Wexler
While hunting, Callahan and Dusty are kidnapped by hillbillies and
forced to marry their homely sisters. Who can save them? Would you
believe the Reverend Brookhaven?

1.22 [--] Dusty's Trail: HORSE OF ANOTHER COLOR [verified on film]
1973-74
Written by Brad Radnitz
Directed by Oscar Rudolph
Director of Photography: Alan Stensvold, A.S.C.
Featuring: (end cast)
Donald Barry ......... the Marshal
Buck Young ........... the Rancher
Jim Gammon ........... the Hired Hand
Synopsis:
Dusty catches a wild horse and tries to break him, if the horse
doesn't break him first. Or the Marshal doesn't hang him for a horse thief.

[23] Dusty's Trail: DANGER STRANGER
1973-74
Guest Stars:
Charles Dierkop ..... Ike Barret
David Nash ........... Deputy

[24] Dusty's Trail: TOMAHAWK TERRITORY
1973-74
Guest Stars:
Eddie Little Sky
Janos Prohaska

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