CTVA Western "Law of The Plainsman" (Four Star/ NBC) (1959-60) starring Michael Ansara

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Law of The Plainsman (1959-60)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Rina Fox, Scott Clifford, Sal Crisanti, Keith Hampson
references:
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Four Star-Cardiff production
for
NBC (Thursdays 7:30 pm EST)
Executive Producers Jules Levy, Arthur Gardner & Arnold Laven
Produced by Peter Packer

US Western series 1959-60 30 episodes x 30 min bw
Starring:
Michael Ansara as Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart
with:
Dayton Lummis as Marshal Andy Morrison
Gina Gillespie as Tess Logan? (should be Tess Wilkins)
(Note: In #1 "Prairie Incident," a nameplate on the wagon she's
driving clearly identifies it as belonging to "J. Wilkins," her murdered father)

Nora Marlowe as Martha Commager
Robert Harland as Deputy Billy Jordan

Premise:
In 1879, an Apache is Marshal of part of New Mexico.

Trivia Note: 
Lew Wallace was Governor of New Mexico
territory when Billy the Kid was running loose and signed the arrest
warrants empowering Pat Garrett and Charles Poe to bring Billy in.

Music Supervision by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Score Composed by Leonard Rosenman (also composed theme)

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The Rifleman (1958-63)  <episode #21> THE INDIAN
17Feb59 ABC
(pilot for the series "Law of The Plainsman"
which starred Michael Ansara 1959-60 30 episodes x 30 min)
Produced by Jules Levy, Arthur Gardner
Written by Cyril Hume
Directed by Arnold Laven
Starring:
Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain
JOhnny Crawford as Mark McCain
Guest Star:
Michael Ansara ................ Sam Buckhart
with:
Herbert Rudley ................ Gorman
Lewis Charles ................. Slade
Frank De Kova ................. Old Chief
Mickey Simpson ................ Tub
Robert Chadwick ............... Eskimimzin
Eddie Little Sky .............. Apache
Lenny Geer
Michael Ansara plays Sam Buckhart, an Apache educated at Harvard,
turned deputy U.S. Marshal whom Lucas McCain helps nail the bad guy.

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NBC Thursdays 7:30 pm Eastern

[01] Law of The Plainsman: PRAIRIE INCIDENT
  01Oct59 NBC Thur
Written by: Harry Kronman 
Directed by: Douglas Heyes
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Richard Devon
J. Pat O'Malley
William D. Gordon
Harry Swoger
Nora Marshall.
Patrolling the plains, Marshal Sam Buckhart discovers a wagon containing a
murdered man and his eight-year-old daughter. The girl is able to give Buckhart
a description of the killer.

1.02 Law of The Plainsman: FULL CIRCLE (verified -SC)
08Oct59 NBC Thur
Directed By Jerry Hooper
Written By David Lang
Starring: Michael Ansara (as Sam Buckhart)
Guest Cast:
Lyle Bettger .......... as Sheriff Max Chafee
Gail Kobe ............. as Nora
Wayne Rogers .......... as Anderson
Joel Ashley ........... as Calhoun
Joe Perry ............. as Egan
Johnny Collier ........ as George
Synopsis:
For years Sam Buckhart has been looking for a bank robber. He is stunned to
discover that the thief is Sheriff Max Chafee, who Sam believed to be honest
and straightforward.

  [03] Law of The Plainsman: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Four Star-Cardiff prod. no. 3101
  15Oct59 NBC Thur
Written By: Cyril Hume
Directed By: Richard Whorf
Starring: Michael Ansara (as Sam Buckhart)
Guest Cast:
Gustavo Rojo............as Charlie Slade
Jean Allison............as Rosa Costello Slade
Roberto Contreras............as Frank Ramay
Paul Carr............as Deputy Billy Lordan
Hampton Fancher............as Harver
Perry Ivers............as Redmond
Gordon Polk............as Lyons
Brett King............as The Man
Bill Mims............as The Express Agent
Recurring Cast:
Dayton Lummis.....as Marshal Andy Morrison
Synopsis:
Sam Buckhart infiltrates the hideout of outlaw Charlie Slade and his gang, not
realizing that Slade's wife is about to have a baby and suffering from pre-birth complications. [SC]
Synopsis:
Marshal Sam Buckhart, who has been searching for outlaw Charlie Slade for many
years, finally locates his hideout. Before Buckhart can take the outlaw prisoner,
Slade's henchmen overpower him.

[04] Law of The Plainsman: THE HOSTILES
  22Oct59 NBC Thur
Written by Calvin Clements
Directed by: Don Medford
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Clu Gulager
John Tiger
Milford Fafara
Anne Benton
Peter Whitney
Suzanne Lloyd
Dabbs Greer
Dorothy Adams
A man who lives in the mountains kills a young girl. Sam Buckhart is assigned to find the murderer.

[05] Law of The Plainsman: PASSENGER TO MESCALERO
  29Oct59 NBC Thur
Written by: Palmer Thompson
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Brian G. Hutton ............... Johnny Q
Richard Gaines ................ J. Roberts Pauley
Hope Summers .................. Mrs. Dodge
Eddie Quillan ................. Horace Arnold
Rayford Barnes
Bud Osborne
John Pickard
Alice Backes
Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart is assigned to bring a dangerous outlaw to the prison
at Mescalero. During the journey a band of outlaws ambush the stagecoach.

[06] Law of The Plainsman: BLOOD TRAILS
05Nov59 NBC Thur
Written by: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Directed by: Richard Whorf
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Chris Alcaide ................. Wolf
Michael Hinn
Fiona Hale
Mike Vandever
Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart receives a difficult assignment. He is to go into
Apache territory and bring back a member of his own tribe.

[07] Law of The Plainsman: DESPERATE DECISION
12Nov59 NBC Thur
Written by: David Lang
Directed by: Robert Gordon
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Robert Wilke .................. Amos
Donald Buka ................... Roy
John Marley ................... Walt
Bill Catching ................. Potter
(retired stuntman)
Tom McDonough ................. Neeley
Manuel Lopez .................. Bandit
Sam Buckhart tracks down a fugitive and starts to return home with him. The
marshal and his prisoner run into Mexican bandits.

[08] Law of The Plainsman: APPOINTMENT IN SANTA FE 
19Nov59 NBC Thur
Written by: Milton S. Gelman
Directed by: John Peyser
Starring: Michael Ansara
    Guest Cast:
John Anderson ................. Clyde Santee
Michael Raffetto
Joseph Ruskin
Deputy Warden Clyde Santee demands custody of a prisoner held by Marshal Morrison.
Remembering Santee's wartime record of brutality, Morrison refuses to hand over his prisoner.

[09] Law of The Plainsman: THE GIBBET
26Nov59 NBC Thur
Written by: Pat Fielder
Directed by: William Claxton
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Robert F. Simon
Mort Mills
Patrick Riley
Walter Burke
William Erwin
Dee Pollock
George Mitchell
An outlaw gang rides into a small Western town, planning to take it over. The
townspeople form a vigilante group to oppose the gang, and Marshal Sam Buckhart
is sent to prevent open warfare. ,

[10] Law of The Plainsman: THE DUDE
03Dec59 NBC Thur
Written by: Cyril Hume
Directed by: Ted Post
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Robert Vaughn ................. young Teddy Roosevelt
Peter Whitney ................. Sterling
Clegg Hoyt .................... Hungerford
Earle Hodgins
Ralph Moody
Barry Brooks
Wayne Tucker
Sam Reese
Young Teddy Roosevelt is determined to recover a ring that was taken from him by
a gang of thugs. Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart decides to ride with Roosevelt and
protect the dude.

[11] Law of The Plainsman: THE INNOCENT
10Dec59 NBC Thur
Written by: Bob Barbash
Directed by: Ted Post
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Robert Vaughn ................. Ross Drake
Elena Verdugo ................. Connie
Clancy Cooper
Carter De Haven, Jr.
Olive Carey
John Harrison
John Newton
Ross Drake (Robert Vaughn) is accused of murder.
Sam Buckhart's friend Ross Drake has been arrested for murder. To evade a lynch
mob, Buckhart transfers him to another town for a fair trail.

[12] Law of The Plainsman: CLEAR TITLE
17Dec59 NBC Thur
Written by: David P. Harmon
Directed by: John Peyser
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
John Dehner ................... Walter Shannon
Lee Van Cleef ................. Killer
Jack Kruschen ................. Doctor
Jean Allison
Garry Walberg
Steve Gravers
Brian Russell
Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart is sent to Shannonville to investigate a shooting.
The townspeople, afraid of town boss Walter Shannon, are unwilling to help Buckhart.

[13] Law of The Plainsman: TOLL ROAD
24Dec59 NBC Thur
Written by: Calvin J. Clements
Directed by: James Sheldon
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Bert Freed .................... Benson
Maggie Pierce ................. Ellen Dawson
Phil Chambers ................. Dan Dawson
Jeanne Wood ................... Mrs. Dawson
Richard Rust .................. Healy
Robert Morris ................. Davey
Paul Fix
For years Dan Dawson and his wife have worked to build a toll road. just as the
road is completed, a pair of outlaws brutally murder the Dawsons.

[14] Law of The Plainsman: CALCULATED RISK  
31Dec59 NBC Thur
Written by: Arthur Dales  
Directed by: James Nielson
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Don Grady ..................... Clint
Chris Alcaide ................. Dan
Lane Bradford ................. Newt
Wayne Rogers
Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart shoots a bank robber in the presence of the outlaw's
son. Buckhart tries to explain the incident to the boy, but is spurned by the bitter youth.

[15] Law of The Plainsman: FEAR
07Jan60 NBC Thur
Written by: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Stephen Talbot ................ Steve
John Larch .................... Jaster Mullen
Peggy Webber .................. Hattie Mullen
While on a camping trip with Sam Buckhart, a young girl falls into an abandoned
well. Unable to get her out by himself, Buckhart goes to a nearby farmhouse for
help but is mistaken for a renegade Indian and shot.

[16] Law of The Plainsman: ENDURANCE
14Jan60 NBC Thur
Written by: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
John Anderson
Robert Osterloh
J. Pat O'Malley
Young Tess sees two outlaws murder a priest and then escape. Deputy Marshal Sam
Buckhart goes after the killers.

[17] Law of The Plainsman: THE COMET
21Jan60 NBC Thur
Written: Cyril Hume
Directed by: John Peyser
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Jacques Aubuchon .............. Jordan
Ned Glass ..................... Potter
Wayne Tucker .................. Bunsing
Charity Grace ................. Mrs. Alymer
Enid Janes
Dan Sheridan
George (T)Revink
Synopsis 1:
Story concerning a shill & other highbinders who exploit people by urging them to
buy goods to ward off evil after the sighting of Halley's Comet - an anchronism
considering the fact that the series was set in 1885 & Halley's Comet was next
seen in 1910 - but the townspeople are set right by a ninety-one year-old lady
resident who recollects having seen the comet last in the time of Thomas Jefferson
Synopsis 2:
A man claiming to be a minister tells the residents of a small town that the
world is coming to an end. Another man appears at the same time, selling pills
which he says will ward off the disaster.

1.18 Law of The Plainsman: THE RAWHIDERS (verified -SC)
28Jan60 NBC Thur
Directed BY Paul Landres
Written By Jay Simms
Starring: Michael Ansara (as Sam Buckhart)
Guest Cast:
Peter Whitney ......... as John Wesley
Joe Di Santis ......... as Cooper
John Milford .......... as Lije Wesley
Alex Gerry ............ as Judge Mason
Billy Booth ........... as Quinn
Recurring Cast:
Robert Harland ........ as Deputy Marshal Billy Jordan
Synopsis:
Lije Wesley, one of a group of Western Gypsies hated by local landowners, is
accused of murdering a rancher. Deputy Marshal Sam Buckhart's investigation
turns up evidence indicating that Wesley is innocent.

[19] Law of The Plainsman: THE IMPOSTER
04Feb60 NBC Thur
Written by: David Lang
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Harry Landers ................. Kid Remick
Lawrence Dobkin ............... Hempner
John Hoyt ..................... Colonel Springer
Francis J. McDonald ........... Cavour Watkins
Mickey Finn ................... Curley
Tyler McVey
Lane Bradford
Ted Lehmann
Sam Buckhart has taken the notorious Kid Remick into custody in Santa Fe to
await the arrival of a Colorado marshal. When the lawman rides into town, an
old-timer points out that his horse doesn't appear to have traveled very far.

[20] Law of The Plainsman: COMMON GOUND
11Feb60 NBC Thur
Written by: Calvin J. Clements
Directed by: John Peyser
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Michael Pate .................. Frank Deegan
Jess Kirkpatrick .............. Timmins
Richard Harland
Wounded during a holdup attempt, killer Frank Deegan hides out in Martha's
rooming house. When Sam Buckhart stops by the house, Martha and Tess, terrorized
by Deegan, try to get rid of him.

[21] Law of The Plainsman: THE MATRIARCH
18Feb60 NBC Thur
  Written by: Teddi Sherman
Directed by: Arthur D. Hilton
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Lynn Bari ..................... Constance Valeri
Denver Pyle ................... Burke
Alan Reed ..................... Dey Valeri
Michael Hinn .................. Hodie Carver
Patrick Troughton
Constance Valeri claims that she shot a ranch hand, but Sam Buckhart is
suspicious of her confession.

1.22 [--] Law of the Plainsman: A QUESTION OF COURAGE (verified -SC)
Four Star-Cardiff prod no. 3143
25Feb1960 NBC Thurs (rebroadcast 23Jun60)
written by Donn Mullally
directed by John Rich
Starring: Michael Ansara (as Sam Buckhart)
guest cast:
Claude Akins ........... Sheriff Clifford Shaw
Patricia Donahue ....... Edie Shaw
Ted de Corsia .......... Bert Kolb
Ken Mayer .............. Wally Kolb
Ken Drake .............. Bill Downs
Ray Kellogg ............ Cal James
Recurring Cast:
Robert Harland .....as Deputy Marshal Billy Jordan
Synopsis 1:
A sheriff allows two outlaws to beat him. But the whole picture is even
worse - the outlaws have the sheriff entirely at their beck and call. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Sam Buckhart is stunned when a sheriff allows two outlaws to beat him.
Buckhart finds that the new lawman is in the badmen's power.

[23] Law of The Plainsman: DANGEROUS BARRIERS   
10Mar60 NBC Thur
Written by: Harry Kronman
Directed by: Paul Landres
Starring: Michael Ansara
     Guest Cast:   
Arch Johnson .................. Cass Marby
Steven Marlo .................. Manuel
Frank Puglia .................. Don Esteban
John Zaccaro .................. Ty Loomis
Ray Kellogg
Percy Helton
Wayne Rogers
Jovan Montell
Apache marshal Sam Buckhart offers to help a boy in his feud with a rancher who
has killed his father and wants his land. The offer is rejected because the
boy hates Apaches.

1.24 Law of The Plainsman: THE SHOW-OFF (verified -SC)
17Mar60 NBC Thur
Directed By John Peyser
Written By John Dunkel
Starring: Michael Ansara (as Sam Buckhart)
Guest Cast:
Scott Marlowe ........ as Clancy Jones
Leo Gordon ........... as Garth Rand
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ........ as Jose
Roberto Contreras ..... as Pedro
Joan Lora ............ as Josepha
Tom London ........... as The Stage Driver
(Jess Kirkpatrick as Deputy Timmins)??
Synopsis:
Young Clancy Jones feels that he is a nobody, so he picks a Billy the Kid to imitate.

1.25 Law of The Plainsman: THE RABBIT'S FANG (verified -SC)
24Mar60 NBC Thur
Directed By Paul Landres
Written By Jay Simms
Starring: Michael Ansara (as Sam Buckhart)
Guest Cast:
Don Dubbins ........as Mite Rankin
Constance Ford ........as Jessie
Peter Brocco .......as Schuyler
Chistopher Dark ........as Qwert Mackin
Gregg Martell ........as Lem
Craig Duncan ........as The Livery Man
Synopsis:
Slowwitted but fast on the draw, Mite Rankin worships Miss Jessie from afar.
When Jessie's ex-husband shows up demanding quick cash, Mite decides to do
something about it.

[26] Law of The Plainsman: STELLA
31Mar60 NBC Thur
Written by: James Edwards
Directed by: Paul Landres
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Gloria Talbott ................ Stella Meeker
Richard Devon ................. Cy Erby
Charlie Briggs ................ Bob Erby
Wesley Lau .................... Staff Meeker
William Fawcett ............... Shep Collins
Stella Meeker, one of a gang of bank robbers, makes friend with Sam Buckhart.
She doesn't know he is a lawman.

[27] Law of The Plainsman: AMNESTY
  07Apr60 NBC Thur    
Written by: Lee Berg
Director: Robert Gordon
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Chris Alcaide ................. Conroy
Robert Warwick ................ Gen. Lew Wallace
(General Lew Wallace, author of novel Ben-Hur),
Biff Elliott .................. Mike Williams
Paul Sorenson ................. Ludwig
Natalie Norwick ............... Clara
Fred Graham ................... Joe Graham
Amnesty is declared by the territorial governor, and a vicious killer escapes a
murder rap Then Sam Buctchart hires him as a lawman.

1.28 Law of The Plainsman: JEB'S DAUGHTER (verified -SC)
14Apr60 NBC Thur
Directed By Paul Landres
Written By Arthur Browne,Jr.
Starring: Michael Ansara (as Sam Buckhart)
Guest Cast:
John Anderson .......... as Jeb Wicken
Suzanne Lloyd .......... as Bertha Ellis
Tom Reese .............. as Cal
John Clarke ............ as Billy Lordan
Wayne Tucker ........... as Dort
Recurring Cast:
Nora Marlowe ........... as Martha Commager
Synopsis:
Jeb Wicken's daughter has been a burden to him long enough. So he decides to
sell her into slavery. It is all legal, but legal or not, Buckhart won't uphold the sale.

[29] Law of The Plainsman: CAVERN OF THE WIND
21Apr60 NBC Thur
Written by: Richard Fielder
Director: Paul Landres
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Paul Langton .................. Sgt. Sean McGrath
Richard Anderson .............. Lee Talent
Enid Janes .................... Lilly McGrath
George Keymas
J. Pat O'Malley
Charles Stevens
A group of gold-hungry prospectors capture Sam Buckhart and force him to head
their expedition. At the destination are Apaches waiting for the man who killed
one of their braves.

[30] Law of The Plainsman: TROJAN HORSE
05May60 NBC Thur
Written by: Bob Barbash
Director: Paul Wendkos
Starring: Michael Ansara
Guest Cast:
Gene Nelson ................... Hardy Mullins
James Westerfield ............. Joshua
Murvyn Vye .................... Frank Seed
Joe Perry ..................... Ben
Perry Cook
Diana Darrin
Sam Buckhart borrows a plan from the Greeks to penetrate the hideout of the
notorious Seed gang. Having no wooden horse at hand, he rents a traveling show wagon.

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