Alias Smith and Jones

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 12

    Only Three to a Bed

    Aired 1/13/73

  • S 3 : Ep 11

    Witness to a Lynching

    Aired 12/16/72

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    McGuffin

    Aired 12/9/72

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    The Strange Fate of Conrad Meyer Zulick

    Aired 12/2/72

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    The Day the Amnesty Came Through

    Aired 11/25/72

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ben Murphy

    Thaddeus Jones / Jed "Kid" Curry

  • Roger Davis

    Narrator / Joshua Smith / Hannibal Heyes

  • Pete Duel

    Joshua Smith / Hannibal Heyes

  • J.D. Cannon

    Harry Briscoe

  • Dennis Fimple

    Kyle Murtry

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  • Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two successful and popular outlaw cousins in the old West, decide it´s time to go straight. The problem is that the governor just can´t give them amnesty right away, they have to prove that they deserve it. And in the meantime they will still be wanted. Hunting them is everybody, from sheriffs to bounty hunters, to posses and ordinary people. Hannibal Heyes/Joshua Smith is the thinker, the poker player and the optimist, while Kid Curry/Thaddeus Jones is the quick-drawing worrier who sometimes is a bit slow. Together they are Smith and Jones... Other regular characters include "Big Mac" McCreedy, a wealthy ranch owner, who´s feuding with his next door neighbour, senor Armendariz. Harry Briscoe is an agent with Bannerman detective agency, who´s perhaps not the brightest man around. Clementine Hale is a woman with an enormous zest for life. She owns the only picture of Heyes and the Kid and often uses it to get them to get her out of trouble. This show contained both humour and drama, as well as gunplay, poker games, and chases. It is said to be in part inspired by the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), but it owes equally to TV series Maverick. (Peter Duel's appearance in most of the first season's episodes, with the black hat and his hair combed back, looks very similar to James Garner as Maverick.) On New Year's Eve, 1971, Peter Duel died from a gunshot wound to the head. The death was officially ruled suicide. Duel was fighting an alcohol addiction (he had been convicted of DWI), had been drinking that night, and was depressed over his legal problems and the state of his career, feeling that Alias Smith and Jones was hardly his best work. The runaway success of Alias Smith abd Jones led to a grueling schedule for the actors, as cast and crew worked overtime to produce more episodes to keep up with public demand, and this may also have played a part. The role of Hannibal Heyes was filled within only a few hours by Roger Davis, who had originally done the voice-overs in the opening credits, but the show´s popularity sank steadily - as did the interest for Western shows in general, and the series was canceled in January 1973.moreless

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  • Quotes (43)

    • Birdie Pickett: (Watching as Heyes and Curry fail to open a safe) If you don’t mind an opinion, I don’t think that you and your friend are cut out for this sort of thing. Curry: Now wait a minute, ma’am--now, this ain’t been our best day. …………………………………………………………………………… Birdie Pickett: You had better get back to work because I see your friends are frowning.

    • Kid: There's one thing we've got to get, Heyes!!! Heyes: What's that!!! Kid: Out of this business!!

    • Narrator: Into the West came many men. Some were good men and some were bad men. Some were good men with some bad in them. And some were bad men with some good in them. This is the story of two pretty good bad men: Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry. Together these gentlemen substantially altered the course of America's frontier. They did a lot to change railroad schedules, too. And in all the trains and banks they robbed they never shot anyone. This made our two latter-day Robin Hoods very popular with everyone but the railroads and the banks. Because, unlike Robin Hood, Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry robbed from the rich and kept the money for themselves. It was a good life. But times were changing. Safes were getting better, posses were getting bigger, sheriffs were getting smarter. And modern communications made it only a matter of time until they would be captured and maybe even killed.

    • Narrator: So, for the next twelve months the West's two most wanted men would lead model lives, lives of temperance, moderation and tranquility. Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry would cease to exist - in their places would ride two men of peace - alias Smith and Jones!

    • Miss Porter: Mr. Smith, given your choice, would you pick a Brooker safe or a Magna lock? Heyes(grinning): I'd pick either one!

    • Heyes: Better go check your fuse, Kyle. Kyle: I ain't goin' in there! Heyes (to Curry): Listen, when the leader of the gang tells them to do something, don't they have to do it? Curry: Yeah, it's my understanding. Kyle: But what makes you such a great leader, Heyes, is that you never tell no man to do a thing you wouldn't do yourself!! Heyes(to Curry): You want to be leader? Curry: After you!!!

    • Curry: (Talking about a high-stakes poker game) You figure you could kind of play it close so you don't lose too much? Heyes: I figure I could play it close, I might even not win too much.

    • [Heyes and Curry stare longingly at jewelry and money in Armendariz' safe before putting them back] Heyes: It ain't easy, Kid, is it? Curry: It's downright heartbreaking, Heyes.

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    Notes (22)

    • This extended 90-minute pilot episode was released on home video in the 1990s. In February 2007, the entire first season was released on DVD; this episode includes commentary from series creator Glen A. Larson, who notes that AS&J was his first series and is still his favorite.

    • Slim Pickens, who plays Sheriff Benton in this episode, also appeared as Mike the bartender in "Exit From Wickenburg."

    • Judy Carne and Pete Duel co-starred a few years earlier in the ABC TV series "Love on a Rooftop".

    • This episode is 90 minutes long.

    • This is the only episode that sees kid curry kill anybody on the draw

    • In this episode, Roger Davis guest stars as the villain. Later, after Pete Duel´s suicide, he would take over the role as Heyes.

    • A major theme of this episode of the show is racial prejudice, the bounty hunter being a black man who is persecuted by whites.

    • Pete Duel, who brought Hannibal Heyes to such vivid life, committed suicide in the early morning hours of December 31, 1971, several hours after watching this episode with his girlfriend.

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    Trivia (17)

    • Right after Heyes and Curry leave the rest of the gang at the lake, they are chased by a posse. If you watch the very top of the screen when they show a long shot of the posse, you can see part of the crew wandering around and the last part of the posse waiting their turn to start riding.

    • John Thomas James was actually series Executive Producer Roy Huggins. The psuedonym was a combination of his three son's names.

    • Goof: Michele Carey who plays Betsy is wearing the same purple dress as the leading lady in 'Six Strangers At Apache Springs'.

    • Randolph Mantooth, who starred as Firefighter/Paramedic John Gage on Emergency! starting in 1972, is a guest star in this episode. He plays a young man who, not surprisingly, comes to Heyes' and Curry's rescue at a crucial moment. Maybe they should've called it "Stagecoach 51"!

    • Heyes and Curry state that the route by which the explosives must be driven to reach the miners who ordered them is rough mountain roads, but all we ever see of it are small, gentle hills. Apparently the only mountainous terrain the company had access to shoot in was being used for Devil's Hole with Heyes and his party.

    • Nitpick: When Heyes and Julia explore the "Indian cave," there's plenty of light to see by...but nothing to indicate where it's coming from. Perhaps there was an ancient skylight?

    • In this episode Heyes bets a bartender that he can stand an egg on end on the bar without cracking it. He surreptitiously adds some salt to the egg before performing this feat.

    • Pete Duel sang the song 'Simple Gifts' and accompanied himself on the guitar in this episode.

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    Allusions (4)

    • The series 'Alias Smith & Jones' was modelled after the successful film 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid'. One of the factors which contributed to Ben Murphy's choice as one of the leads was his physical resemblance to Paul Newman, who had starred in the above film.

    • This story with its con-game known as 'The Big Store' is similar to the film 'The Sting' , which is interesting as 'Alias Smith And Jones' was made in 1971, two years before 'The Sting' .

    • The title for this episode is an allusion to a line in the chorus of the Beatles song, Strawberry Fields Forever. The Chorus goes: Let me take you down 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about Strawberry fields forever

    • In the book which Heyes is reading 'Life On The Mississippi' by Mark Twain, an early allusion to the detection of criminals by the use of fingerprints is made; this becomes an important motif in this episode.

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • As good as ever!

    By steveacoustic, Sep 01, 2014

  • Enjoying it again

    By mal2pool, Jul 02, 2014

  • I love this show, I watched it from the very first episode to his (Duel's)last, but couldn't make myself watch more than a couple with Roger Davis. Pete Duel was a great actor, and to this day has many fans, many new ones after the DVD came out in 2007.

    By deuelFAN, May 13, 2009

  • The show I remember insisting thefamily watch.

    By FlyGiT, Jun 28, 2007

  • To waste your time, watch it.

    By da_dunker, May 03, 2007

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