Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Mountain Fortress" the pilot episode of the tv series CHEYENNE

is essentially a remake of Errol Flynn's ROCKY MOUNTAIN (one of my favorite Flynn movies, let alone a western)....with James Garner (tv) in the Scott Forbes (movie) role....right down to the boy with a dog.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The episode of CHEYENNE called "The Travelers" that aired on Encore Westerns on 6-12 was a loose remake of the Kirk Douglas movie ALONG THE GREAT DIVIDE which was also known as "THE TRAVELERS."  Pretty darn good little tv western...great production values and location sites for the most part....but at time when they were in the "desert" I could see, on the right side of the screen, a seam on the background cyclorama.  Gregory Walcott was featured in a supporting role as was Robert Armstrong (Carl Denhan in the original KING KONG) as the Marshal.  Len Merrick was the Marshal's name (Kirk Doulgas) in the movie and in the Cheyenne episode.  Was great seeing the area around Vasquez Rocks while it was still pristine and not so cluttered and "civilized" as it is today.....and is always great seeing some of the old time movie greats pop up here and there in these tv shows.