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Zane Grey Theater 

An anthology based (earlier more so than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Dick Powell was often the star, as well as the host.
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Complete series cast summary:
Dick Powell ...  Himself - Host / ... 145 episodes, 1956-1961
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An anthology based (earlier more so than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Dick Powell was often the star, as well as the host.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater See more »

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Runtime:

(149 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Successful television producer Aaron Spelling started out as a writer on this show. See more »

Alternate Versions

The syndicated rerun package does not include episode 2.21, Zane Grey Theater: The Sharpshooter, because it is the pilot for the series The Rifleman, and was reworked to be its premiere episode. Consequently, that rerun package is where it can be seen. See more »

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Episode 21 of Season 2, The Sharpshooter is The Rifleman
26 February 2006 | by chuckjuSee all my reviews

Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford are Lucas and Mark McCain is this excellent half hour western. It was so good they decided to make it a series. Thus "The Rifleman" was born.

This was far better than any subsequent episode of The Rifleman series, which was a bit too "nice" to be realistic.

I cannot recall if McCain's rifle in this Zane Grey episode had the nifty fast-action features of the series' rifle.

I am surprised that there are no other comments on this generally very good western anthology series on TV. It was certainly a popular feature on Friday nights about 60 years ago.

I believe the host, Dick Powell, left the series to host his own hour long Dick Powell Theater on Tuesday nights. This series of individual one hour dramas basically lasted until Powell's death. All of these shows should be issued on DVD while those of us who liked and would buy them are still alive.


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