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Frontier Circus 

A one-ring circus travels through the American West in the 1880's.
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Chill Wills ...  Colonel Casey Thompson / ... 26 episodes, 1961-1962
John Derek ...  Ben Travis 26 episodes, 1961-1962
Richard Jaeckel ...  Tony Gentry 26 episodes, 1961-1962
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A one-ring circus travels through the American West in the 1880's.

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USA

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English

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5 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Frontier Circus See more »

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Calliope Productions See more »
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(26 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Holy Blended Genres, Batman!
14 June 2010 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

This is an obscure one. "Frontier Circus" ran on CBS for 26 (hour-long) episodes during the 1961-62 broadcast season; I don't recall ever seeing it turn up in syndication. Technically it is a western; shot in black and white two years after Bonanza had begun bringing color westerns into America's living rooms, which gave it little chance for success.

The networks were desperately seeking a gimmick to distinguish their offerings from the mass of television westerns getting air time in 1961. CBS remembered that "Circus Boy" had been a modest success in a 30 minute format for two seasons (1956-1958). And Disney had just done well with their January 1960 theatrical release of "Toby Tyler (or Ten Weeks with a Circus)". So they made a series about a circus traveling around the Old West in the 1880's.

Character actor Chill Wills (who had been the voice of "Francis, The Talking Mule") plays Colonel Casey Thompson who runs the T&T circus with Ben Travis (John Derek before he married Ursula Andress, Linda Evans, and Bo Derek). Richard Jaeckel plays T&T advance man Tony Gentry (sort of a Rowdy Yates of the circus set).

The show was an interesting blend of circus acts, Indian fights, and shootouts with assorted bad hombres.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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