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Old 08-01-2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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This is the premiere episode, which was first telecast on Zane Grey Western Theater. Sam Peckinpah had written it as an episode of Gunsmoke, but according to Peckinpah, Charles Marquis Warren, who produced Gunsmoke's first season, told him the script was a "piece of shit" and rejected it.

Peckinpah rewrote it and pitched it to Dick Powell, the producer of ZGWT, as the first episode of a series. Powell loved it and bought it, and the rest is history.

See whether you think it's a "piece of shit."

BTW, Warren was very talented, but he was so hated by the people who worked on Gunsmoke that CBS fired him. He rebounded a few years later by creating Rawhide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW6Ki8wpL5s

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Episode 2, also written by Peckinpah.

In case you haven't noticed, Herschel Burke Gilbert's music contributed greatly to the show. And Johnny Crawford was one of the best child actors ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKqGdJu5FJE
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Episode 4, written by Peckinpah and Jack Gariss, and directed by Peckinpah.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJy7csyRtsE

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Episode 8, written by David Swift. Guest star Claude Akins is fine, as usual.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdtvcOequ38
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Johnny Crawford has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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