Alias Smith and Jones

Season 1 Episode 1

Alias Smith and Jones - Pilot

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 1971 on ABC

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  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

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      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!!!

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.