TV pilot in color and best possible quality. First time on DVD!
During the 1957-'58 TV season I was doing a TV series called 'Boots and Saddles - The Story of the 5th Cavalry' for NBC-TV. I played the lead trooper in the series in about a third of the episodes. Michael Hinn, a fine character actor played the part of the chief scout. Michael and I had the same agent and we talked a lot when we were on location in Kanab, Utah and again back in Hollywood, where we shot interior scenes. He expressed an interest in producing and directing for TV and movies and said he and his wife, who was a writer, had some ideas for possible series consideration. A few years went by and we went our separate ways, doing roles in many TV shows and movies but we stayed in touch.
One day I got a call from Michael wanting to know how to contact Johnny Cash. He and his wife had come up with an idea for a TV series with each episode based on a hit song. He wanted to produce a pilot with Cash, using Johnny's hit song from 1959, Don't Take Your Guns To Town, as the theme. If that worked out, he wanted to do a show with Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John as the theme and go from there with enough theme-based shows for syndication or TV network release.
Michael contacted Cash and presented him with the idea for the film. Cash was offered the lead based on a character similar to the famous western gunfighter, John Wesley Hardin. He agreed to do the pilot and Hinn set about rounding out the cast. The second character was very important, and for the part of 'Billy Joe' Hinn was able to sign Dick Jones, a veteran of over 400 films and TV shows. Jones had starred in the 'The Range Rider' and 'Buffalo Bill, Jr. ' TV series for Gene Autry's Flying-A productions. The remainder of the cast was assembled to fill out the script.
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- Don't Take Your Guns To Town
Label: Bear Family Records
Run Time: 40 mins
Release Date: 01/02/07
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