ABC (ended 1967)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 17



  • S 1 : Ep 16

    The Raiders

    Aired 12/27/67

  • S 1 : Ep 15

    The Gauntlet

    Aired 12/20/67

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    Spirit Woman

    Aired 12/13/67

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Dangerous Prey

    Aired 12/6/67

  • Cast & Crew
  • Slim Pickens

    California Joe Milner

  • Robert F. Simon

    General Alfred Terry

  • Michael Dante

    Crazy Horse

  • Peter Palmer

    Sergeant James Bustard

  • Wayne Maunder

    Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer

  • show Description
  • Short-lived ABC series which ran for 16 episodes in 1967 that was loosely based on the life of famed cavalryman George Armstrong Custer. Custer, played by Wayne Maunder, was portrayed as a maverick on the series who constantly clashed with authority in the military.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (84)

    • Custer: Captain Reno never quite got over the fact that I followed him at West Point and now he has to follow me.

    • Crazy Horse (to Tyman): What do we have that the white man hasn't taken from us?

    • Custer (to Terry): I always understand you, General. The trouble is you never understand me.

    • Custer (to Anne): Without the sound of the guns to ride to, I'm lost. Can you understand that?

    • Crazy Horse (about California Joe): Let him go. He will bring more soldiers here to die.

    • Bustard: Maybe you oughta be taken down another peg or two, General. I fought against you at Gettysburg and Appomattox. I don't fancy us being on the same side.

    • California Joe (about the murdered miners): Strange the things that some men will go through for a little kettle of gold.

    • California Joe (to Custer): Now I ain't no cavalry officer but I'd say we're on a dang fool's errand.

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    Notes (27)

    • Custer co-star Peter Palmer first came to prominence playing famed comic strip character Li'l Abner on Broadway and on film.

    • Mary Ann Mobley was Miss America in 1959.

    • James Daly was the father of actors Timothy and Tyne Daly.

    • Chris Robinson would go onto play Dr. Rick Webber on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital.

    • Larry Pennell previously had a recurring role as Dash Riprock on The Beverly Hillbillies.

    • Guest star Phil Carey had previously played Custer in the 1965 film The Great Sioux Massacre and he also played Captain Miles Keogh in the 1958 Disney film Tonka.

    • Paul Peterson had previously played Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show.

    • Terry Wilson had previously played Bill Hawks on Wagon Train.

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    Trivia (2)

    • In this series, Custer is stationed out of Fort Hays, Kansas. However, this particular episode involves a rather quick trip into the Black Hills, which is in South Dakota. They made amazing time on horseback, considering that they had to cross Nebraska to get there and back.

    • Nitpick: strange that Melinda Terry has the same last name as her brother as it's specifically stated in the dialogue that she's married and has two children.

    Allusions (2)

    • The storyline of this episode appears to have been loosely based on The Dirty Dozen which was running in theatres during the series run.

    • The name of the settlement in this episode is Fredonia which is the same as the country in the 1932 Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup.

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