The Adventures of Jim Bowie

ABC (ended 1958)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 38

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    Aired 5/23/58

  • S 2 : Ep 37

    Man of the Streets

    Aired 5/16/58

  • S 2 : Ep 36

    The Cave

    Aired 5/9/58

  • S 2 : Ep 35

    Bowie's Baby

    Aired 5/2/58

  • S 2 : Ep 34

    A Night in Tennessee

    Aired 4/25/58

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Hansen

    Rezin Bowie

  • Minerva Urecal

    Ma Bowie

  • Scott Forbes

    Jim Bowie

  • John Hoyt

    The Beggar

  • Regis Toomey

  • show Description
  • This series recounts the exploits of the legendary frontiersman, adventurer, plantation owner, and entrepreneur, Jim Bowie. It takes place primarily in the Louisiana Territory (recently purchased from the French) in the 1820's and early 1830's, before Bowie's permanent move to Texas (then part of Mexico) and his untimely death at the Alamo in 1836. He encounters many historical figures of the era, such as Andrew Jackson, Jefferson Davis, John James Audubon, and Davy Crockett. Produced by Louis Edelman, based on the novel "The Tempered Blade" by Monte Barrett. The rousing theme song was by Ken Darby and The King's Men. As to the pronunciation of Bowie's name, people pronounced it bow-ee in Louisiana, but boo-wee in Texas.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (3)

    • This episode, and all future episodes, begins with a shot of a bowie knife flying through the air and embedding its tip in a wooden door. As the knife quivers, a male chorus breaks into the show's theme song: "Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie / He was a bold adventurin' man / Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie / Battled for rights with a powerful hand / His blade was tempered and so was he / Indestructible steel was he / Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie / He was a fighter, a fearless and mighty adventurin' man." As the song is sung, Scott Forbes appears, pulls out the knife from the door, and then turns to face the camera.

    • Guest stars Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam were regulars together on the long-running Dick Van Dyke Show.

    • Jim Bowie does not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • In this episode, Scott Forbes became the first hero of a western TV series to go "under the lash."

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