Sheriff of Cochise
The Sheriff Of Cochise: Bank Robbery
Sheriff of Cochise (later renamed U.S. Marshal) is an American Western-themed crime drama starring John Bromfield. The series aired in syndication from September 1956, to January 1958. Bromfield as law enforcement officer Frank Morgan. In the first two seasons, Morgan was sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona. In the third season, Desilu Studios boss Desi Arnaz, Sr., retitled the series so that Morgan would work all over Arizona as a U.S. Marshal and be involved in a greater number of cases. The first season episodes were also released under the alternative title of Man from Cochise. This program was produced by Desilu Productions in association with National Telefilm Associates Stan Jones, author of the classic western song “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” created the series and played Bromfield’s top deputy, Harry Olson, in twenty-four episodes of the program. In the first season, Frank Ferguson of the My Friend Flicka series appeared twice as Henry Murdock; Roy Engel, John Doucette, James Griffith, and Forrest Lewis also appeared as deputies.
Tonight’s Story: Bank Robbery, Sheriff Morgan is convinced that a clever pair of bank robbers will hit the Bisbee National Bank twice in the same week when they learn a large army payroll is being kept in the vault for safekeeping. Cast: John Bromfield: Sheriff Frank Morgan, Stan Jones: Deputy Olson, Herbert Patterson: Wesley Vincent, Joe Kirk: Edgar Dawson, Charles Davis, Addison Richards: Mr. Harris, Benson State Bank, Audrey Conti: Peg Richards, Bisbee National Bank, Lillian Hamilton: Mrs. Conley, Bisbee National Bank. Directed By Harve Foster, Teleplay By Don Clark, Produced By Mort Briskin, Cinematography By Henry Cronjager Jr., Film Editing By George Jay Nicholson, Art Direction By Duncan Cramer, Set Decoration By Jack H. Ahern and Assistant Director Tommy Thompson. Original Air Date: March 1, 1957 (USA), Season 1, Episode 23, Production Co:Desilu Productions, National Telefilm Associates.
Sheriff of Cochise (later renamed United States Marshal in the third and fourth seasons) is a Western-themed crime drama set in the U.S. state of Arizona. Starring John Bromfield, the series aired eighty-three episodes in syndication from September 1956 to January 1958, a large number of segments for such a short time frame. As U.S. Marshal, another sixty episodes aired from October 1958 to April 1960.
Bromfield portrays law enforcement officer Frank Morgan. In the first two seasons, Morgan is the sheriff of Cochise County in southern Arizona. In the third season, Desilu Studios boss Desi Arnaz, Sr., retitled the series so that Morgan would work throughout Arizona as a U.S. Marshal and be involved in a greater number of cases. The first season episodes were later released under the alternative title, Man from Cochise. This program was produced by Desilu in association with National Telefilm Associates.
Stan Jones, author of the classic western song “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” created the series and played Bromfield’s top deputy, Harry Olson, in twenty-four episodes before he left the cast. In the first season, Frank Ferguson of the My Friend Flicka series appeared twice as Deputy Henry Murdock; also cast as deputies were Roy Engel, James Griffith, and Forrest Lewis.
Sheriff of Cochise has been loosely compared to another contemporary crime drama, Highway Patrol, starring Broderick Crawford. It is also similar in theme and setting to Rod Cameron‘s syndicated State Trooper.
“The Witnesses” (January 16, 1958) is the transitional episode leading to U.S. Marshal. In the story line, Sheriff Morgan transfers federal witnesses from Cochise County to the U.S. Marshal‘s office in Tucson. The criminal element tries to gun down the witnesses, and the current marshal is mortally wounded. Morgan is then appointed as the new marshal. The episode features Joe De Santis, Chris Alcaide, and Roy Barcroft.
Sheriff of Cochise Guest Stars
(Note: Several actors appeared in both Sheriff of Cochise and U.S. Marshal.)