Alias Smith and Jones

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ABC (ended 1973)

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Alias Smith and Jones

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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
Pete Duel

Pete Duel

Joshua Smith/Hannibal Heyes

Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Thaddeus Jones/Jed "Kid" Curry

Roger Davis

Roger Davis

Narrator/Joshua Smith/Hannibal Heyes

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 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.moreless

    10
    Watching this show with my family was the

    greatest joy and I for one have not seen

    many shows on TV today that had the same

    quality as this one did. It had comedy,

    drama and action, without having to screen

    your children from watching. With the death of

    Pete Duel the show had to scramble to do

    something with the series and made the decision of using Roger Davis in the coming seasons but

    Pete's fans didn't really take to the change.

    We felt sorry for Davis because he is a very good actor himself but Pete had such a following that no one gave him much of a

    chance. The series ended but fans for years

    kept Pete alive by having meetings (alot online)

    and writing the networks until they put the

    series back on, on such sites as TV Land and

    then finally in 2007 put it on DVD. I hope everyone

    has a chance to see this great show.moreless
  • The show I remember insisting thefamily watch.

    9.2
    I have very fond memories of this show, along with my brother. As young boys, sat in front of the fire drying off on bath-night, eating crisps and bread'n'butter, glued to whatever was in store for the intrepid duo. I cannot recall any individual show, but I do remember that they were all enjoyable to watch. The whole series for me was excellent - hard to explain why.



    So without viewing each episode on this website, I look forward to the release of the DVDs - in the knowledge that I shall be 'glued' to the tv again in later life.moreless
  • To waste your time, watch it.

    5.0
    "Alias Smith and Jones" debuted on ABC in January 1971, little more than a year after the release of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and that's hardly coincidental. The series was undoubtedly an attempt by Universal to cash-in on the success of the Paul Newman-Robert Redford megahit. The resemblance series co-star Ben Murphy had to the man with the blue eyes wasn't coincidental either. But "Alias Smith and Jones" was created by Roy Huggins, the man who gave us "Maverick," which one could say inspired "Butch..." so if anyone had the right to pattern a series on that movie, it was Huggins. Besides, this series achieved what the overrated "Butch" only aspired to. It had wit and style, was well-written, and had a first-rate cast. There was a solid chemisty between Pete Duel and Murphy, and the guest stars were also well chosen. I have fond memories of this show, although its quality deteriorated somewhat in February 1972 when Roger Davis took over for Duel (who died on New Year's Eve 1971 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound). It would be nice to see it released on video or at least added to the lineup on TV Land.moreless
  • Last of the Great American Western tv shows. But not the least of what is probably the best ever made.

    10
    In the end of the Classic American Western tv shows during the early '70s came this gem. In the history of wild west tv shows this could rate along with Cimarron Strip as the best ever made. Cimarron Strip more action drama this show had style and humor. A very hip show for young people at the time. It brought the long hair generation back to westerns. I was a little grasshopper at the time but could watch this with my big sister in high school. Mom and dad had Gunsmoke we had Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry. Two outlaws of the ole west trying to set things right but to no evail. A laugh every week with the adventure they are on you can't wait for next time to bring them into your home. Very slick comedy with action and well written plots. I have never believed that Pete Duel killed himself. The chemistry between the two really made the show click. Now in Feb 2007 1st season dvds will be released to main stream video stores. Brisco County Jr one of the few westerns produced since then is great but more like a Wild Wild West with more humor. I think the scifi cult show Firefly picks up the style like Smith and Jones. Firefly has the feel of Alias Smith and Jones. Good guy outlaws who help folk in need when they can with humor and action. In the os Battlestar Gallactica I always thought that Apollo and Starbuck had the same chemistry as Heyes and Curry. Great American heroes of the Ole West who never shot anyone.moreless
  • Despite being a "Butch" rip-off at its roots, ASJ is a fun show.

    8.0
    Glen A. Larson has been known to take succesful movies and "creating" a new TV series from its core concept. (Battlestar Galactica/Star Wars, BJ and the Bear/Smokey and the Bandit, Automan/Tron.)



    This was his first, taking the success of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and cleaning it up for last 60's prime time, what with the "nortiuous outlaws but never killed anyone, so they're really OK guys" bit.



    However, the result is really quite good. The two leads have good chemistry and banter, the plots are very well contructed, and the guest stars are a lot of fun.



    I suggest watching Butch & Sundance before watching the series again, it's very interesting to see what was lifed and what was not (there's even a line in B&S "Which am I, Smith or Jones?" when they attepmt to go straight.)



    I'm watching the whole series on the Western Channel now, and enjoying it (note, the Pilot and the Day They Hung Kid Curry are 90 mins, and not part of their syndicated package. Hunt the Internet for those until a DVD is released one day.moreless
  • JOIN THE OUTLAWS HANNIBAL HEYES AND KID CURRY AS THEY TRY TO GO STRAIGHT IN ALIAS SMITH AND JONES. FIND OUT WHAT NOT TO WASTE YOUR TIME ON AS PENN & TELLER POINT OUT THE NONSENSE IN PENN & TELLER: BULLSH**! THE MYSTERY MACHINE IS PULLING UP FOR SOME SCARY SILLY HIGH JINKS IN WHAT'S NEW SCOOBY-DOO?

    February 20, 2007 DVD Releases

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    • Official release for Seasons 2 and 3
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    • Season 2 DVD's ?
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      02/05/10
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    gunfights, high stake situations, Parody & Spoof, outcasts, Satire