Zane Grey Theater

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 30

    Jericho

    Aired 5/18/61

  • S 5 : Ep 29

    Image Of A Drawn Sword

    Aired 5/11/61

  • S 5 : Ep 28

    Storm Over Eden

    Aired 5/4/61

  • S 5 : Ep 27

    The Release

    Aired 4/27/61

  • S 5 : Ep 26

    Man From Everywhere

    Aired 4/13/61

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dick Powell

    Host/Occasional Lead Player

  • Burt Reynolds

    Branch Taylor

  • Cloris Leachman

    Martha

  • Dennis Hopper

    Vern

  • William Schallert

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Zane Grey Theater guide at TV.com. Zane Grey Theater were adaptations of short stories and novels of the West by author Zane Grey, when the material began to run out stories from other authors were used. Host Dick Powell introduced the episodes and starred in several himself. Wonderful tales of the Old West laden with history and adventure. The opening and closing orchestration was conducted by Harry Lubin, the song was called "Way Out West". There were five episodes which became series' of their own, they include: "Trackdown" which aired 3May57; "The Rifleman" which aired 07Mar58; "Black Saddle" which aired 23May58; "Johnny Ringo" which aired 05Mar59; "The Westerner" which aired 26Mar59. Stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Lloyd Bridges, Eddie Albert just to name a few, appeared throughout the series. A Classic!moreless

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  • Quotes (17)

    • 'Since medical supplies were hard to get the doctor often had to invent his own remedies. Here's a little concoction he figured out for the cure of scurvy - a stew made out of raw potatoes, vinegar, sassafat roots and garnished with the sauce made from the prickly pear cactus. The scurvy wasn't so bad but the cure was a cinch to get you!' From Dick Powell's introduction to the episode.

    • Belle to Ethan: "Sometimes blindness goes beyond the eyes, you started me thinking, Ethan it's not what I lost, but what I have left that matters."

    • Dick Powell: (Opening narration of the episode) These were among the last weapons of Bill Longley, a gunman credited with killing 32 people. Bill retired to become a farmer, I guess he figured it was time to stop raising kane and star raising a few beans. It didn't last long tho, so he was hanged October 11, 1878. His newspaper epitaph read, "Bill Longley got the rope today, gave up the farm for gunplay. Should have stayed behind the plow, he's pushing up the daises now." In the story we have chosen for you this week, "Gift From a Gunman", we'll see how difficult it is for a gunman to retire.

    • Sheriff Galt: (to Owen) Any man can see you are in way over your head. Now move on little man.

    • Dick Powell: (beginning narration) In the story we have chosen for you this week, "The Freighter" we see some of the dangers involved in running a freightline.

    • Dick Powell opening narration: "Fire comes in many forms, the story we have chosen for you this week, "This Man Must Die", we'll see a different fire, a fire of revenge!

    • Dick Powell: (Opening narration) In the story we have chosen for you this week, "Debt of Gratitude", you'll see how the people of the town use a Western saloon to carry out their purpose.

    • Carl Benson: "Accusing me of murder!, I'll spit on your grave first."

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    Notes (31)

    • Actor Whit Bissell was credited as Whitner Bissell in this episode.

    • This episode was rerun February 22, 1957 under the title "The Hangin' Tree" as confirmed by the Syracuse Herald New York paper that says Zane Grey Theatre offers a repeat of "The Hanging Tree". One of the better shows in the series with Robert Ryan as a man on the verge of being lynched. Features some excellent scenes in a shady grove, where the vigilante committee votes on whether or not to string him up.

    • Ad from the Syracuse New York newspaper. PREMIERE TONIGHT! Out of the West comes ... Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre The first in a great new series of hard-hitting Western dramas. Tonight's star is Robert Ryan in "You Only Run Once". 8:30pm WHEN-TV channel 8 Presented by Instant Maxwell House Coffee A product of General Foods

    • Reaired on "Frontier Justice" 27Jul59.

    • The title is sometimes listed as They Were Four or Three Were Four, the There Were Four title is from the actual film. Three Were Four title is from a tvguide listing and the other is unknown.

    • Re-Aired on Frontier Justice 17Aug59.

    • This was the pilot episode for "Trackdown."

    • The beginning narration of the episode, Dick Powell talks about Calamity Jane, Belle Starr and Pauline Cushman.

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    Trivia (3)

    • James Abbe quote from the Oakland Tribune: Some 75 of Zane Grey Western tales have been purchased for this series. They have been rewritten so many times by others they may seem familiar, but make good TV entertainment.

    • Mickey Braddock now known as Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) appears as Eddie Albert's son in this great classic episode.

    • At the beginning of the episode host Dick Powell makes a comment how times have changed when news like Elvis Presley having a haircut is BIG NEWS!

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Dick Powell's masterpiece

    By BadApple66, Oct 28, 2005