Sunday, July 23, 2017

From Primetime to Daytime: Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955)

Buffalo Bill, Jr. was a 1-year wonder that came from Gene Autry's Flying 'A' stable, and perhaps a big reason why it didn't last more than 42 episodes wouldn't be the fault of the show's cast, but rather the very large glut of Westerns on the air at the time, and that wouldn't diminish until the mid-60's. By that time, ABC had exhumed the formerly syndicated series to fill its Saturday morning block.

Dick Jones (ex-Our Gang, The Range Rider, Annie Oakley, among a number of credits) toplined as Buffalo Bill, Jr., although for the life of me I can't discern if this Bill was in fact directly related to "Buffalo" Bill Cody in real life. Jones also did his own stunts on the show.

Unfortunately, I never saw the show, so I can't rate it. This would be the kind of Western that deserves a home on cable today, though.

Right now, let's scope out the episode, "First Posse".

I wonder why Bill's sister was named "Calamity". Implying perhaps a reference to Calamity Jane?

Anyway, what some of you might not know is that Dick Jones was also the voice of "Pinocchio" in Disney's 1940 animated feature.

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