And links to other 1950-1960s TV shows
Clayton Moore as THE LONE RANGER and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.
Richard Simmons and trusty 'Yukon King' in SGT. PRESTON.
Hugh O'Brian, TV's WYATT EARP.
John Russell as 'Dan Troop' in THE LAWMAN.
Johnny Crawford and Chuck Connors in THE RIFLEMAN.
James Arness as 'Matt Dillon' in GUNSMOKE.
Douglas Kennedy as STEVE DONOVAN, WESTERN MARSHAL.
Dick Jones of THE RANGE RIDER and BUFFALO BILL, JR.
Clint Walker, TV's CHEYENNE.
Kirby Grant as SKY KING.
Rory Calhoun as TV's Bill Longley, THE TEXAN.
John Hart during his one season as TV's LONE RANGER.
Gail Davis as TV's ANNIE OAKLEY.
Guy Madison as WILD BILL HICKOK.
Robert Horton and Ward Bond in WAGON TRAIN.
Dale Robertson in TALES OF WELLS FARGO, IRON HORSE, more.
The Old Corral will NOT be expanded to include details on the many TV westerns --- the site consumes too much of my time now to do new stuff, updates and maintenance, and I need to sleep occasionally. But due to the volume of e-mails asking about old television shows, I've decided to add a page containing external links to TV-related websites which may be of interest to Old Corral viewers.
If you find a site that would be a good addition to the list below, please shoot the Old Corral webmeister an e-mail.
I'm sure you know this, but it's worth repeating: the Old Corral has no control over the content of these websites. I have visited all of these on one or more occasions, but it's impossible to constantly check and re-check. While most are fansites, some are businesses (meaning they would like to sell you books, videos, autographed photos, etc.). Some of the sites listed below may also utilize browser 'cookies', require registration, etc.
The adjacent to a link indicates an "official" (sanctioned/approved) site for that performer.
Some of these websites have info on videos for these TV shows. You can also visit the Videotapes/DVDs page on the Old Corral and do some searches.
Note that these links are not in any particular order or priority.
Newest links will be at the TOP of each section.
Search/Find: If you wish to find a particular show or person's name, simply use your web browser's built-in FIND function and that will allow you to search down this page for your keywords. In the upper left of your screen, you should see the word 'EDIT'. Click on that, and in the drop down menu, click on 'FIND' to do your search. In web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and others, you can also hit the Ctrl-F key combination to open the FIND box (hold down the Ctrl Key in the lower left of your keyboard, and press the key for the letter F). In the 'Find What' box, type in a word or short phrase like bronco layne, or cheyenne, or wyatt earp. When done typing, begin the search by clicking on the 'Find Next' button which will take you to the first occurrence of that word or phrase (or to the end of this page, if no match is found). Keep clicking on the 'Find Next' button to continue down to all the matches.
TV Links - Westerns
Boyd Magers' Western Clippings website has a bunch of information on TV westerns. When you get to his site, click on " Do You Remember?" in the left side menu: http://www.westernclippings.com/
There's a large website devoted to Johnny Washbrook, Gene Evans, Anita Louise and the MY FRIEND FLICKA TV series: http://www.myfriendflicka.com/home.html
The official site for Robert Fuller who starred in WAGON TRAIN, LARAMIE and EMERGENCY is at: http://www.robertfuller.info/official/welcome.htm
Loretta Kemsley writes about her time as the stunt double for Calamity in the Buffalo Bill Jr. TV series: http://lore.moondance.org/author.html and http://lore.moondance.org/buffalobilljr.html
Jerry Waite's Gabby Hayes website includes images of the covers and backs of many of Gabby's Fawcett and Charlton comic books ... and a bunch of Gabby sound bytes. Jerry also has an image of the Hayes obituary, brochures and photo of the Gabby Hayes Ranch which was a Summer camp type operation in the 1950s for the kids, and info on Gabby's 1950s TV show on NBC and ABC: http://www.gabbyhayes.org
The Death Valley Days website is at: http://www.deathvalleydays.com/
The official site for Gene Barry, TV's BAT MASTERSON, is at: http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/barry.htm
Margie's Chuck Connors' THE RIFLEMAN website includes a listing of the 168 episodes: http://www.riflemanconnors.com/
The TV Episode guide site on Westerns is at: http://epguides.com/menu/western.shtml
Lots of info on THE HIGH CHAPARRAL is at: http://www.thehighchaparral.com
There's a THE HIGH CHAPARRAL newsletter which can be e-mailed to you or you can read past issues on the website at: http://highchaparralnewsletter.com/
The official website for Ty Hardin, TV's BRONCO LAYNE, is at: http://tyhardin.net/
There's a bit about western swing artist Spade Cooley and his KTLA TV show at: http://www.metnews.com/articles/reminiscing022703.htm
The official website for Clint Walker, TV's CHEYENNE, is at: http://www.clintwalker.com/
The TV Acres site has info on various TV westerns: http://www.tvacres.com/westerns_coverpage.htm
The TV Acres website also has a section on the horses used in various TV shows: http://www.tvacres.com/horses_glance.htm
The TV westerns section of the Classic TV Archive has lots of details on many of the TV westerns, including writers, directors, production company info, performers, episode guides, etc.: http://ctva.biz/US/Western/_Western.htm
The Museum of Broadcast History (Chicago) includes info and photos on a variety of TV westerns: http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/W/htmlW/westerns/westerns.htm
The official Smiley Burnette website is at: http://www.smileyburnette.org/
Magic Dragon Multimedia has a website on the 1950s westerns, and some of the program info includes details such as the theme song lyrics, directors, production company info, etc.: http://www.magicdragon.com/WESTtv.html
Kent Volgamore's website on Kirby Grant and the SKY KING TV show is at: http://www.skyking.com/
The SKY KING Fan Club website is at: http://www.angelfire.com/mi/freeper/
The TVparty.com website has a page on SKY KING: http://www.tvparty.com/lostkids3.html
The official website for Buddy Ebsen is at: http://www.buddyebsen.com/
Candace Rich has the Fifties website, and has a new section with lots of info and photos on the WAGON TRAIN TV show, along with WAGON TRAIN performers Ward Bond, Robert Horton, John McIntire, Robert Fuller, Terry Wilson, Frank McGrath, Denny Miller and Michael Burns: http://www.fiftiesweb.com/wt/wagon-train.htm
Candace also has an extensive section on TV westerns, including many photos by Bill Sasser of our favorite TV western performers at the film festivals: http://www.fiftiesweb.com/western.htm
Jackie Patterson has the official website for JOHNNY RINGO. Johnny was played by Don Durant and he was ably assisted by Mark Goddard and Karen Sharpe: http://www.johnnyringo.net/
Stephen Lodge's 'Behind The Scenes' website has some great info and photos of TV shows and movies being made (such as ANNIE OAKLEY, WILD BILL HICKOK, a Johnny Mack Brown western, and more): http://www.movielocationsplus.com/bts/index1.htm
Guy Williams, Jr. has the official site for his dad, Guy Williams, TV's Zorro: http://www.zorrofx.com/dads_pg.htm
The official website for James Arness of movie and GUNSMOKE fame is at: http://www.jamesarness.com/index.htm
The official website for Gail Davis, TV's ANNIE OAKLEY, is at: http://www.tvsannieoakley.com (But as of Summer, 2007, the website was no longer working and the domain name was for sale.)
The official Gene Autry website is at: http://www.autry.com
The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans official website at royrogers.com is being rebuilt (when I last checked in July, 2013): http://www.royrogers.com/
The official Hopalong Cassidy website is at: http://www.hopalong.com/home.asp
Bridget Madison, the daughter of actor Guy Madison, has a site on her dad. Though Guy Madison made a bunch of movies, most of us fondly remember him as TV's WILD BILL HICKOK: http://www.guymadison.com/
The official website for Fess Parker, TVs DAVY CROCKETT and DANIEL BOONE, is at: http://www.fessparker.com/
The official website for Robert Horton of WAGON TRAIN is at: http://roberthorton.com/index.htm
The official website for Peter Brown of THE LAWMAN and LAREDO TVers is at: http://www.peterbrown.tv/index.html
The Peter Brown site also has a section on THE LAWMAN TVer starring John Russell and Brown: http://peterbrown.tv/lawmanhome.html
Tim Frady has a website on TV Western Heroes: http://www.tvcrazy.net/tvclassics/americantv/western.htm
Robert Callaghan's website on Jock Mahoney (stuntman, onetime Tarzan and star of TV's RANGE RIDER and YANCY DERRINGER) is at: http://members.shaw.ca/mahoney13/
Bob also has a section (with lots of images) covering many of the TV westerns: http://members.shaw.ca/horseopera/
C. Craig Coomer's The Clayton Moore - In Loving Memory website is at: http://nimst.tripod.com/cgi-bin/UC1.html
Mark Largent's LONE RANGER website has info on the various Lone Rangers of TV, radio, serials, et al: http://www.endeavorcomics.com/largent/lr1.html
There's a website on the Lone Ranger cartoon series of the mid 1960s and early 1980s: http://superhero.pazsaz.com/loner2.html
Mary Spooner's Clayton Moore site is at: http://www.celebhost.net/claytonmoore/
Steve Jensen's Clayton Moore, The Lone Ranger, site is at: http://claytonmoore.tripod.com/index.html
And Jensen has a page on John Hart at: http://johnhart.tripod.com/index.html
And he also has a page on stuntman/actor Chuck Courtney, who portrayed the Lone Ranger's nephew, Dan Reid: http://claytonmoore.tripod.com/chuck.html
Rick Bulger's Lone Ranger site is at: http://theloneranger.webs.com/
Remember young Bobby Diamond in the THE ADVENTURES OF FURY TV show with Peter Graves ... Jim Bannon in THE ADVENTURES OF CHAMPION ... Alan Hale, Jr., Eddy Waller and Dub Taylor in CASEY JONES? Marlene Smith has a website with lots of info on these shows: http://brokenwheelranch.com/
R. J. 'Bob' Marks II has a site on TV's GUNSMOKE: http://gunsmokenet.com/
Another site on HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL is: http://www.hgwt.com/hgwt0.htm
Tribute site to Doug McClure is at: http://www.buckskins.com/
TV Show Ratings and Schedules - some westerns were
among the highest rated shows during the 1950s and 1960s
Candace Rich's Fifties website has ratings for TV shows: http://www.fiftiesweb.com/tv-ratings.htm
Chris Casconi's Classic TV database website has the evening schedule/lineup for the 1950s: http://classic-tv.com/1950sPrimetimeSchedules/
TV Links - Various ... some of the websites include
TV westerns ... some relate to 1950s era TV
Clarke Ingram has a site on the history of the DuMont Television network (Captain Video and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet): http://www.dumonthistory.tv/
Frederick W. Ziv (through his Ziv Television Program subsidiary) did many TV shows for syndication and for the networks, including THE CISCO KID, HIGHWAY PATROL, BAT MASTERSON, SEA HUNT and SCIENCE FICTION THEATER. More info on Ziv is at: http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/Z/htmlZ/zivtelevisio/zivtelevisio.htm
Want to look at some images of early TV brands and models? Go to: http://www.earlytelevision.org/
The TV History site also has photos of early TV models ... but they also have some Facts and Statistics on the sales and households with TV during the late 1940s through 1950s: http://www.tvhistory.tv/alpha.htm
Dave Stein's Petticoat Junction TV show website has a bunch of photos of Smiley Burnette which were provided by the Burnette family: http://petticoat.topcities.com/raresmiley.htm
Lassie.net has info on the collie Lassie, the TV series, more: http://www.lassie.net/
There's more on the DuMont Television network at Steve Jajkowski's Chicago Television History website: http://www.chicagotelevision.com/dumont.htm
Chris Casconi's Classic TV database website is at: http://www.classic-tv.com/
There's an official website for Jon Provost, the original 'Timmy' on the Lassie TV show: http://www.jonprovost.com/
Tim's TV Showcase has a listing of many TV shows, including westerns, with some info on when they were shown as well as a photo. When you get to his site, look at the left side of your screen and click on 'Channel One - The Series': http://timstvshowcase.com/
The Fifties website has info on 1950s era TV, and is at: http://www.fiftiesweb.com/tv50.htm
The TV Party website includes audio, video, info on TV 'flops' and more, and can be found at: http://www.tvparty.com/
The TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET website is at: http://www.solarguard.com/tchome.htm
Lookin' for info on a USA or other TV show? Try the TV Chronicles/Memorable TV website at: http://www.memorabletv.com/
The TV Episode guide site is at: http://epguides.com/
TV Links - Sound Files, Opening Themes, etc.
Wave Themes is at: http://www.WaveThemes.org
The 'Whirligig' website in the UK has some downloadable themes of TV westerns: http://www.whirligig-tv.co.uk/tv/children/westerns/index.htm
ClassicThemes.com is a website with references to a lot of old TV show themes (there are no sound files to download or listen to). But if you want to know about who created the theme for TVers like BOSTON BLACKIE, WILD BILL HICKOK, more, then take a trip to: http://www.classicthemes.com/
Many of Satellite/Cable/TV schedule websites require you to do some work in order to deliver your particular schedule ... so you have to identify your zip code, the name of your cable or satellite dish company, etc. Some require you to 'register' (most are free) in order to access some content. Most of these stations and schedules are primarily related to films. But some do show western TV programs (such as Starz Encore's westerns channel which runs GUNSMOKE and the GENE AUTRY TV show).
Internet Databases to Search
There are several databases available on the Internet that have info on actors, actresses, films and TV shows. The main issue is that they are generally updated by folks like you or I, thus some of the data may be inaccurate or incomplete.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has a searchable database on actors, actresses, films, directors, studios, etc.: http://us.imdb.com/
The All Movie Guide website has a searchable database on actors, actresses, films, directors, studios, etc.: http://www.allmovie.com/
TV Guide Online has a searchable database on actors, actresses, films, directors, studios, etc.: http://www.tvguide.com/movies/