Archive for the ‘"Wagon Train"’ Category

"Wagon Train" Season One now out on DVD– Classic Western Series

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Wagon Train was the #2 series from 1958-61 (behind Gunsmoke each of these seasons), and featured an array of Hollywood guest stars. In season one alone, Ernest Borgnine, Linda Darnell, Ricardo Montalban, Agnes Moorehead, and Cesar Romero were among the guest stars. The series, starring Ward Bond as Wagonmaster from 1957-61 and Christopher Hale from 1961-65, was one of the five nominees in the one year (1958-59) that the Emmys gave an Award for Best Western Series.

The Archive’s Wagon Train page features stories from actors Leonard Nimoy (who appeared on the season 3 episode “The Estaban Zamora Story”) and Ann B. Davis (who appeared on season 3 episode “The Countess Baranof Story”).

Take a look at the Archive’s other TV westerns pages at this link.

Producer of Classic TV, Richard Lewis, Has Died

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Richard Lewis, who was responsible for producing several classics of television’s Golden Age, has died at the age of 89. Richard Lewis was interviewed by the Archive by Karen Herman on March 8, 1999.

Link to Los Angeles Times obituary (scroll down on page).

His Archive interview is online at this link.

Interview Description:

Richard Lewis was interviewed for five hours in Somers, NY. Lewis discussed his early career as a director and later show creator in radio. He talked about his transition to television as a producer (which included Blind Date) and his role in the creation of the popular and long-running western series Wagon Train as well as his work on the acclaimed anthology series Alcoa Premiere. He also discussed producing several successful pilots for such series as Leave It To Beaver, Bachelor Father, and McHale’s Navy. He talked about becoming the Vice President of MCA’s Revue Television, which later became Universal Television. He detailed producing one of the first television movies, The Borgia Stick, and his becoming an independent producer of feature films shortly thereafter.