F Troop

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F Troop

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F Troop was a classic comedy set in the Old West. Fort Courage was the home of the US Army's sorriest band of misfits, led by the well-meaning Captain Parmenter, scion of a distinguished line of military officers, but himself naive, clumsy, bumbling and reliant on the Army manual. The old hand of the fort was Sergeant O'Rourke, who secretly ran O'Rourke Enterprises, a string of profitable but not always upstanding businesses, on the side, including the town saloon and an Indian souvenir company. He was happy when Parmenter was assigned to Fort Courage, a commanding officer who would be easy to hide his shenanigans from. O'Rourke's sidekick was the loyal but not too bright Corporal Agarn. Their business partner was the cranky but affable Wild Eagle, chief of the Hekawi. Completing the circle was Wrangler Jane, the beautiful blonde owner of the general store in town. She was a expert in all things Western, including shooting, horseback riding and lassoing, and fancied the dashing, young captain who was too bashful to return her affections in public. The men of F Troop were a motley lot. Bugler Dobbs had a hard time playing anything but Yankee Doodle, and not well at that. Duffy would often hold forth on how he stood side by side with Davy Crockett at the Alamo. Vanderbilt, who often stood guard duty, was nearly blind and hard of hearing. Duddleson was a slob, sort of F Troop's equivalent of Peanuts' Pigpen. Hoffenmueller spoke no English. The rest were as incompetent as they were undistinguished. A running joke was the guard tower constantly falling down, usually blasted by the balky cannon but sometimes felled by something as simple as an arrow. Aiding and abetting O'Rourke in his numerous moneymaking schemes were the Hekawi, the most cowardly tribe in the country. Lacking the will and skills to fight, they turned to commerce, manufacturing the souvenirs for O'Rourke Enterprises and brewing the whiskey for his saloon. Chief Wild Eagle was helped by his second in command, Crazy Cat. Unlike other military comedies such as McHale's Navy or Gomer Pyle, nobody ever really hated each other, as Captain Binghamton did McHale and Sergeant Carter did Gomer. The show and all its characters were all in good-hearted fun, a family show for all ages. The theme song said it perfectly: "Where Indian fights are colorful sights but nobody takes a licking."moreless
Edward Everett Horton

Edward Everett Horton

Roaring Chicken

Forrest Tucker

Forrest Tucker

Sergeant Morgan O'Rourke

Melody Patterson

Melody Patterson

Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift

Larry Storch

Larry Storch

Corporal Randolph Agarn

Ken Berry

Ken Berry

Captain Wilton Parmenter

Frank DeKova

Frank DeKova

Chief Wild Eagle

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  • Dances With Wolves, Decades Ahead Of Itself

    7.5
    The hero is promoted and sent west to command a lonely outpost because of a misunderstood 'cavalry charge'; he falls in love with the only white woman for 1000 miles; he befriends the local tribes-but what the heck, it's still great fun! Anything that gives Edward Everett Horton a job is okay by me.
  • I grew up on episodes of FTroop so I'm probably looking at it through rose coloured glasses

    10
    Like many Aussie kids in the 70's F Troop was a staple diet. Yes it's probably tame and corn ball by current standards but I still have very fond memories of it. O'Rourke's dubous dealings with the indians Wild Eagle and Crazy Cat, seeing the short sighted Vanderbilts watch tower getting knocked to the ground each day by the firing of the cannon, the oblivious and shy captain Parmenter and of course Larry Storch as Corporal Agarn providing the perfect comedy foil for Sargent O'Rourke. It all brings back memories of a time of greater innocence and simplicity.



    Can't wait until the DVDs are released in Australiamoreless
  • F Troop is one the best TV shows of the sixites.

    10
    I am turning forty-seven years old and I own F Troop season one. I am looking forward to season two available on DVD this coming Tuesday May 29, 2007. Every time I watch this show it takes me back to my childhood days when things were simpler and life to me was more enjoyable. Back then they had quality TV shows that the entire could sit down and watch without fear of embarrassment, or sending the kids into the other room. It is a shame they cancelled the show after two seasons. I feel it had potential to last one or two seasons more. Even though the humor in the show by today’s standards maybe politically incorrect, the show has endured the test of time, and newer fans are discovering this timeless comedy.moreless
  • Gilligan's Island meets the Wild West. F Troop is rarely seen now days because of the PC Police, but the White men are actually more incompetent than their friendly Indians counterparts, the Hakawi ("We lovers, not fighters.") Indians.moreless

    8.6
    F Troop is a show I never saw as a kid but seeing it as an adult brought back my childhood. In the same vein as Gilligan's Island, Get Smart, and other slapstick parodies, F Troop is the best slapstick parody of westerns ever seen. THe Sergeant has a secret alliance with the Hakawi Indians to make moonshine for his illegally owned bar while Captain Parmeter befuddles his way through various western troubles. The best gun on the base actually belongs to a lovely cowgirl who runs the post office and is constantly chasing after the seemingly oblivious Captain.



    F Troop is good clean fun. While the PC Police may criticize it for a "negative" portrayal of Indians, any honest person can see that the entire cast and crew are lovable bafoons. White people do not come off looking any better than the Indians and I am told that there are a number of Indian reservations today that simply love the show, so ignore the PC Police. This is a classic.moreless
  • F Troop is the best TV series I have watched yet. It was a pioneer in the field of TV comedy. It is clean, decent, and very, Very Funny. I recomend this series to anyone who wants a good laugh.moreless

    10
    F Troop is the best TV series I have watched yet. It was a pioneer in the field of TV comedy. It is clean, decent, and very, Very Funny. Every time I watch it, it makes me laugh. The portrayal of the indians is wonderfully funny, even though it is not historically accurate, but that is what makes it soo funny. Today's TV show writers could learn a lot from this show - The biggest thing they could learn, is how to make a great show that dosen't contain filthy language or indecency. Today's current shows are nothing in comparison to this show.

    I recomend this series to anyone who wants a good laugh.moreless
  • THE CLOSER IS THE BIG RELEASE THIS WEEK, WITH A BLU-RAY UPGRADE FOR THE FIRST SEASON OF WEEDS. THE SUBSEQUENT RELEASES IN THIS WEEK'S ROUND-UP ARE MOSTLY A COLLECTION OF GOLDEN OLDIES LIKE F TROOP, RAWHIDE, BIG TRAIN, AND THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.

    May 29, 2007 DVD Releases

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    Sitcoms, Classics, 60s