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The Westerner (TV series)

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Directed and written by Tom Gries. Created and produced by Sam Peckinpah. Starring Brian Keith, Guest Starring – Robert Culp, Slim Pickins, Karl Swenson , Hari Rhodes, Hank Patterson and Jimmy Lee Cook.

220px-Brian_Keith_The_Westerner_1960Brian Keith as Dave Blassingame and Spike as Brown, 1960

The Westerner is a highbrow American Western series that aired on NBC from September 30 to December 30, 1960. Created and produced by Sam Peckinpah, who also directed some episodes, the series was a Four Star Television production. The Westernerstars Brian Keith as amiable, unexceptional cowhand/drifter Dave Blassingame, and features John Dehner as rakish Burgundy Smith, who appeared in three episodes.


The pilot for The Westerner appeared on CBS‘s Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater. The musical score was largely the work of Four Star’s Herschel Burke Gilbert. For rerun syndication, it was grouped with three other short-lived Western series from the same company, Black Saddle starring Peter BreckJohnny Ringo starring Don Durant, and Law of the Plainsman starring Michael Ansara, under the umbrella title The Westerners, bracketed with hosting sequences featuring Keenan Wynn.

TheWesternerGrab1Blassingame was realistically portrayed as a basically decent, ordinary man who was handy with a gun. Not particularly bright, illiterate and occasionally amoral, he felt no compunction about being seduced by another man’s wife or absconding with a long-lost government payroll (abandoning his dog Brown along the way). Brown was played by Spike, who was trained by Frank Weatherwax and is best known for playing the title role in Old Yeller. Brown figured prominently in a number of episodes, appeared in all of them, and was always seen faithfully following Blassingame in the end credits.

Guest stars included Malcolm AtterburyBen Cooper, and John M. Pickard.


  1. Jeff – Sep 30, 1960
  2. School Days – Oct 7, 1960
  3. Brown – Oct 21, 1960
  4. Mrs. Kennedy – Oct 28, 1960
  5. Dos Pinos – Nov 4, 1960
  6. The Courting of Libby – Nov 11, 1960
  7. Treasure – Nov 18, 1960
  8. The Old Man – Nov 25, 1960
  9. Ghost of a Chance – Dec 2, 1960
  10. Line Camp – Dec 9, 1960
  11. Going Home – Dec 16, 1960
  12. Hand on the Gun – Dec 23, 1960
  13. The Painting – Dec 30, 1960

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