Yancy Derringer (TV Series 1958–1959) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Yancy Derringer, an ex-Confederate soldier turned gambler, was a suave lady's man in New Orleans, Louisiana. In reality, he was working for John Colton, the civil administrator of the city. Yancy's job was to prevent crime and if necessary, arrest the culprits. His constant companion was Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah an Indian who watches Yancy's back.

  • Yancy usually (always?) wore a mechanism on his forearm under his shirt sleeve that had a "quick-draw" derringer attached. When activated, it would quickly push the derringer down his sleeve and into his hand--ready to fire. I believe that he also carried a fashionable cane that contained a derringer in the handle.

  • It should be noted that Yancy's last name is "Derringer" whereas the famous small pistol was named for its inventor, Henry Deringer Jr. Yancy points out the difference in spelling and states there is no relationship between the family named Derringer and the family named Deringer in at least two different episodes. Sharp eyed viewers may notice that Jock Mahoney favored moccasins or other footwear without heels. In some shows he can be seen to be wearing boxer's shoes that lace up from the toes to the high top. With Mahoney being exceptionally tall he didn't need boots with very tall heels like short actors like Robert Conrad did in his western series, "Wild Wild West".


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