CTVA US Drama - "Kentucky Jones" (Buzz Kulik/NBC)(1964-65) starring Dennis Weaver

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The Classic TV Archive - US  Drama Series

Dennis Weaver series:
 Gunsmoke (1955-64) - Kentucky Jones (1964-65) - Gentle Ben (1967-69)
  McCloud (1970-77)Stone (1979-80)Buck James (1987-88)

Kentucky Jones (1964-65)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Tom Alger , Rina Fox
Alex Jay <APAonTV@aol.com> (ep. #23)
(produces a weekly e-mail schedule devoted to Asian Pacific Americans on TV)
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KENTUCKY JONES
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Buzz Kulik production
in association with
National Broadcasting Company, Inc.
for
NBC Saturdays 8:30 pm Eastern (19Sep64 - 27Dec64)
NBC Saturdays 8:00 pm Eastern (02Jan65 11Sep65)
Executive Producer  Buzz Kulik
Produced by Albert Beich

US Family Drama series 1964-65 26 episodes x 30 min bw
(19Sep64-11Sep65)
starring
Dennis Weaver
as Kenneth "Kentucky" Jones
Ricky Der as Dwight Eisenhower "Ike" Wong (10-yr old)
Harry Morgan as Seldom Jackson
Cherylene Lee as Annie Ng
Arthur Wong as Mr. Ng
Keye Luke as Thomas Wong
Nancy Rennick as Edith Thorncroft

Premise:
Shortly after the death of his wife, ranch owner Kenneth "Kentucky" Jones
attempts, but fails to stop the adoption of a Chinese orphan he and his
wife had planned to raise. Stories relate Kentucky's efforts, assisted by
by his partner Seldom Jackson to raise the 10-year old Dwight Eisenhower "Ike" Wong.

"Kentucky Jones" theme music composed by Vic Mizzy

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NBC Saturdays 8:30 pm Eastern (19Sep64 - 27Dec64)
NBC Saturdays 8:00 pm Eastern (02Jan1965 11Sep65)
On 2Jan65, it switched places with the animated series
"The Famous Adventures of Mr Magoo"
  
 1.01 [--] Kentucky Jones: HELLO, IKE (pilot)
Buzz Kuliuk prod. (copyright date 23Jul64)
19Sep64 NBC
Guest cast:
Diane Brewster ......... Mabel Healey
Marlyn Mason ........... Doris Caine
Emlen Davies ........... Mrs. Yates
Synopsis:
Recently widowed Kentucky gets the news that the
orphan he and his late wife had planned to adopt is
waiting at the airport. [TA]
TV Guide:
After nine years as "Gunsmoke's" Chester, Dennis
Weaver walks tall (and without a limp) as Kentucky
Jones, a veterinarian and former horse trainer. Rickey
Der is Dwight Eisenhower Wong, Kentucky's 10-year-old
Chinese ward, and Harry Morgan plays his side-kick,
Seldom Jackson.

1.02 [--] Kentucky Jones: FIRST DAY
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 24Jul64)
26Sep64 NBC, Sat. 8:30pm
Guest cast:
Dee J. Thompson ...... Miss Anders
Jill Andre ........... Miss Childs
Sam Reese ............ Principal
Synopsis 1:
A weary Kentucky arrives home after an all-night siege
with a foaling mare, but Seldom tells him to get a
move on: it's the day to register Ike at school. [TA]
Synopsis 2 (NBC ad in New York Times):
School starts for Ike Wong - trouble starts for
Kentucky Jones. [TA]

1.03 [--] Kentucky Jones: SPARE THE ROD
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 31Jul64)
3Oct64 NBC, Sat. 8:30pm
Guest cast:
Cherylene Lee ........ Annie Ng
Paul Fix ............. Judge Perkins
Arthur Wong .......... Mr. Ng
Jane Chang ........... Mrs. Ng
Synopsis 1:
Ike secretely admires a girl in his Sunday school
class - the same girl whose dad's laundry is putting
too much starch in Kentucky's shirts. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Ike's dream girl and nightmare.

1.04 [--] Kentucky Jones: MAIL ORDER BRIDE
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 13Aug64)
10Oct64 NBC (repeated 24Jul65)
Guest cast:
Beulah Quo ............ Mrs. Tea-Store Fu
June Kim .............. Ping Ping Mock
James Hong ............ Chin King
Synopsis:
Saddened because the widowed Kentucky is depressed, Ike calls
on Mrs. Tea-Store Fu, the best marriage broker in Chinatown. [TA]

1.05 [--] Kentucky Jones: PONY BOY
Buzz Kulik prod (copyright date 28Sep64)
17Oct64 NBC, Sat. 8:30pm (repeated 22May65)
Guest cast:
Nancy Rennick ........ Miss Thorncroft
Warrene Ott .......... Teenie Howard
Synopsis:
Social worker Edith Thorncroft is worried about Kentucky being
a suitable father - she's seen Ike thrown by a pony and Kentucky
keeping company with a shapely blonde. [TA]

[--] 24Oct64 - probably pre-empted. The New York Times
lists a Lyndon Johnson special in this time slot.

[--] 31Oct64 - probably pre-empted. The New York Times
lists a political program, sponsored by the
Goldwater-Miller TV committee, in this time slot.

1.06 [--] Kentucky Jones: WILDCAT SOUP
(copyright title "Wild Cat Soup")
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 20Oct64)
7Nov64 NBC, Sat. 8:30pm (repeated 15May65)
Guest Cast:
James Dawson ......... Chub Baxter
Lloyd Gough .......... Mr. Baxter
Tyler McVey .......... Sheriff
Synopsis:
Kentucky doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize his
custody of Ike, so he tries to control his temper when
hot rodder Chub Baxter starts needling him. [TA]

1.07 [--] Kentucky Jones: IKE'S SONG
(a.k.a. "Ike's Tong")
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 14Oct64)
14Nov64 NBC (repeated 10Jul65)
Guest cast:
Pat Harrington Jr. .... Harry Baron
Emile Mayer ........... Barner Denver
Allen Jung ............ Dr. Won Sing
Harold Fong ........... Hop Lee
Keye Luke ............. Thomas Wong
Synopsis:
Ike's worried - two race-track touts that Kentucky
knows have turned up with a scheme to make a bundle at
Santa Anita Race Track. [TA]

1.08 [--] Kentucky Jones: THE SOUR NOTE
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 29Oct64)
21Nov64 NBC Sat (repeated 8May65)
Guest Cast:
Leslie Parrish ...... Miss Patterson
Lee Bergere ......... Petroff
Synopsis:
Kentucky hurries to Ike's school after being informed
that the lad's unable to sing "The Star Spangled  Banner". [TA]

1.09 [--] Kentucky Jones: GOODBYE TIGER
Buzz Kulik prod (copyright date 25Aug64)
28Nov64 NBC (repeated 1May65)
Synopsis:
Ike's in bed recuperating from a bad fall when he
overhears a conversation that convinces him that his time is up. [TA]

1.10 [--] Kentucky Jones: THE DREAD DISEASE
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 19Nov64)
5Dec64 NBC (repeated 5Jun65)
Guest cast:
Carole Cook ............ Dodie Wipple
H.T. Tsiang ............ Dr. Fang
Joan Lemmo ............. Wanda
Joseph Ruskin ......... Abe
Jack Catron ............ Jack
Loren Jones ............ Les
Synopsis:
One glimpse of a visitor to the Jones farm sends
Seldom into a faint - the visitor is none other than his former wife Dodie. [TA]

[--] 12Dec64 - pre-empted for an expanded "Saturday Night
at the Movies" (beginning at 8:00pm): A screening of
the 1956 film "War and Peace"


1.11 [--] Kentucky Jones: HO, HO, HO
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 02Dec64)
19Dec64 NBC
Synopsis:
Ike's first Christmas in America is sure to be a
memorable one - Kentucky is constantly being reminded to make it so. [TA]

1.12 [--] Kentucky Jones: MIDSUMMER MADNESS
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 23Nov64)
27Dec64 NBC (repeated 17Apr65)
Guest cast:
Sarah Marshall .......... Miss Archer
Dee J. Thompson ......... Miss Sanders
Sam Reese ............... Mr. Percy
Maura McEveety .......... Betty Coles
Lee Krieger ............. Mr. Coles
Arlen Stuart ............ Mrs. Coles
Synopsis:
Ike's unhappy about being cast in a school production
of "A Midsummer Night's Dream": The role calls for kissing. [TA]

1.13 [--] Kentucky Jones: MOTHERHOOD
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 26Dec64)
2Jan1965 NBC Sat. 8:00pm (repeated 12Jun1965 NBC Sat)
producer Albert Beich
written by Douglas Morrow
directed by Buzz Kulik
director of photography R. Dale Deverman
guest cast:
Lew Brown
John Newton
Barbara Collentine
Pepper Curtis
Regina Groves ........... Laura
Synopsis:
Ike brings home two problems: a mare in foal and the horse’s owner,
a recently orphaned teen-age girl with no money and no place to stay. [RF]

1.14 [--] Kentucky Jones: MY KWANGTUNGY HOME
(copyright title: "My Old Kwangtungy Home")
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 22Sep64)
9Jan65 NBC (repeated 24Apr65)
Guest cast:
Guy Wilkerson ........... Colonel Winthrop
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...... Aunt Belva
Bryon Morrow ............ The Rev. Mr. Willis
Keye Luke ............... Thomas Wong
Synopsis:
Ike's homesickness is made more acute when Kentucky
announces he's going on a trip - and is leaving Ike home. [TA]

1.15 [--] Kentucky Jones: THE BIG SHOT
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 10Jan65)
16Jan65 NBC (repeated 19Jun65)
Guest cast:
Virginia Vincent ........ Laura Caldwell
Harry Townes ............ Charles Caldwell
Gilbert Green ........... John Adcock
Synopsis:
Kentucky and Ike go along with the story when Seldom,
trying to impress his girl, tells her that he owns the ranch. [TA]

[--] 23Jan1965 - unknown, scheduled episode postponed until
6Mar65

1.16 [--] Kentucky Jones: THE MUSIC KIDS MAKE
(a.k.a. "Music That Kids Make")
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 21Jan65)
30Jan65 NBC Sat (repeated 26Jun65)
Guest cast:
Phillip Abbott ......... Sam Clifton)
Robby Weaver (Dennis Weaver's son) ....... Paulie
Clifton
Ned Glass .............. Pawnbroker
James Chandler ......... Keller
Synopsis:
Ike and young Paulie Clifton are both interested in a
guitar on display in a pawnship window, but neither
have enough cash to buy the instrument. [TA]

1.17 [--] Kentucky Jones: THE RETURN OF WONG LEE
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 27Jan65)
6Feb1965 NBC, Saturday 8:00pm (repeated 14Aug65)
Guest cast:
Richard Bull ........... Harold Erkel
Malcolm Atterbury ...... Judge Bleeker
Synopsis:
Ike is certain that the goat Seldom has brought home
from an auction is the reincarnation of Wong Lee, a
very ancient ancestor. [TA]

1.18 [--] Kentucky Jones: TWO ENDS OF A STICK
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 4Feb65)
13Feb1965 NBC (repeated 11Sep65)
Guest cast:
Nancy Gates ............ Liz Bovard
Synopsis:
Kentucky returns to the life he knows best when he
agrees to train a friend's horse for an important stakes race. [TA]

1.19 [--] Kentucky Jones: THE BIG SPEECH
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 8Feb65)
20Feb1965 NBC (repeated 04Sep65)
Guest cast:
Charles Lane .......... Doc Axby
Jane Chang ............ Mrs. Ng
Synopsis:
Kentucky is so wrapped up in research project that he
can't find the time to congratulate Ike for his
straight-A report card. [TA]

1.20 [--] Kentucky Jones: SENIOR CITIZEN
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 3Feb65)
27Feb65 NBC (repeated 8Sep65)
Guest cast:
Harry Harvey Sr. ....... Uncle Henry
Tommy Lee .............. Grandfather Ng
Elizabeth Shaw ......... Mandy
Synopsis:
Following the custom of his homeland, Ike thinks
Kentucky's lively elder uncle is worthy of veneration
as a patriarch. [TA]

1.21 [--] Kentucky Jones: BAD PENNY
(copyright date 02Nov64)
6Mar65 NBC Sat (originally scheduled for 23Jan1965)
(repeated 3Jul65)
Guest cast:
Joe Maross ............. Ned Scratch
Nancy Rennick .......... Edith Thorncroft
Len Lesser ............. Shoelace
Jess Kirkpartick ....... Bartender
Howard Dayton ........... Shorty
Synopsis:
Habitual horse player Ned Scratch is intrigued by
Ike's fortune-telling talents. [TA]

1.22 [--] Kentucky Jones: FEMININE INTRUSION
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 23Feb65)
13Mar65 NBC Sat (repeated 28Aug65)
Guest cast:
Spring Byington .......... Mrs. Jolly
Frank Wilcox ............. Hartford
Mark Chappie ............. George
Synopsis:
Seldom finds a strange woman in his kitchen. Her name
is Mrs. Jolly and Kentucky is allowing her to pay off
a bill by cooking dinner. [TA]

1.23 [--] Kentucky Jones: MOST PRECIOUS GOLD
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 10Mar65)
20Mar65 NBC (repeated 17Jul65)
Guest cast:
Strother Martin ......... Boney Benton
William Bramley ......... Cal Dryer
Synopsis:
Kentucky finally finds time in his busy schedule to
take Ike on a Long-promised camping trip. [TA]

1.24 [--] Kentucky Jones: LAUGHING BUDDHA
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 22Feb65)
27Mar65 NBC Sat
Guest Cast:
Reginald Owen ......... Julian Fitz-Arthur
Clarke Gordon ......... Wilbur Bender
Gerald Jann ........... Eddie Chou
Synopsis:
Ike buys a statuette of a laughing Buddha, a good-luck
piece -and it proves its worth when a collector
appears and offers Ike twice what he paid for it.
[AJ]
--description from "TV Guide," March 27-April 2, 1965
(Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke are on the cover) [AJ]

1.25 [--] Kentucky Jones: THE VICTIM
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 24Feb65)
3Apr65 NBC Sat 8:00pm (repeated 31Jul65)
Guest cast:
Lisa Lu ................ Su Ling
George Macready ........ Dorian Hawes
Ralph Montgomery ....... Lieutenant Buck
Richard Bull ........... Erkel
Howard Van ............. Lester Dodge
Synopsis:
Seldom and Kentucky agree that it would be nice if Ike
could be reunited with his mother - so Kentucky enters
into an agreement with a man who claims he can bring
Mrs. Wong to America. [TA]

1.26 [--] Kentucky Jones: KENTUCKY'S VACATION
Buzz Kulik prod. (copyright date 16Feb65)
10Apr65 NBC Sat 8:00pm (repeated 7Aug65)
Guest cast:
Yvonne Craig .......... Shirley
Eleanor Audley ........ Mrs. Edgerton
Ed Peck ............... Jim Heller
Joseph Mell ........... Gus
Frederic Downs ........ Plumber
Eve Bruce ............. Showgirl
Synopsis:
Kentucky's worn out by a series of minor irritations, but he has a
chance to get away from it all: Mrs Edgerton asks him to take her
dog to a New York kennel show. [TA]

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Spring-Summer Reruns : NBC Saturdays 8:00pm
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[--] 17Apr65 - repeat of "Midsummer Madness" (from 27Dec64)
[--] 24Apr65 - repeat of "My Old Kwantungy Home" (from 9Jan65)
[--] 01May65 - repeat of "Goodbye Tiger" (from 28Nov64)
[--] 08May65 - repeat of "The Sour Note" (from 21Nov64)
[--] 15May65 - repeat of "Wildcat Soup" (from 7Nov64)
[--] 22May65 - repeat of "Pony Boy" (from 17Oct64)
[--] 29May65 - pre-empted for "Freedoms Foundation Awards" special.
[--] 05Jun65 - repeat of "The Dread Disease" (from 5Dec64)
[--] 12Jun65 - repeat of "Motherhood" (from 02Jan65)
[--] 19Jun65 - repeat of "The Big Shot" (from 16Jan65)
[--] 26Jun65 - repeat of "The Music Kids Make" (from 30Jan65)
[--] 03Jul65 - repeat of "Bad Penny" (from 6Mar65)
[--] 10Jul65 - repeat of " Ike's Song" (from 14Nov64)
[--] 17Jul65 - repeat of "Most Precious Gold" (from 20Mar65)
[--] 24Jul65 - repeat of "Mail Order Bride" (from 10Oct64)
[--] 31Jul65 - repeat of "The Victim" (from 3Apr65)
[--] 07Aug65 - repeat of "Kentucky's Vacation" (from 10Apr65)
[--] 14Aug65 - repeat of "The Return of Wong Lee"(from 6Feb1965)
[--] 21Aug65 - repeat of "Senior Citizen" (from 27Feb65)
[--] 28Aug65 - repeat of "Feminine Intrusion" (from 13Mar65)
[--] 04Sep65 - repeat of "The Big Speech" (from 20Feb65)
[--] 11Sep65 - repeat of "Two Ends of a Stick" (from 13Feb65)


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