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The Deputy 

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The Deputy is Clay McCord, a storekeeper in 1880's Silver City, Arizona Territories, who is an expert shot, but refuses to use his gun, because he believes they are the major cause of ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Henry Fonda ...  Chief Marshal Simon Fry 76 episodes, 1959-1961
Allen Case ...  Deputy Clay McCord / ... 75 episodes, 1959-1961
Read Morgan ...  Sergeant Hapgood Tasker / ... 35 episodes, 1959-1961
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The Deputy is Clay McCord, a storekeeper in 1880's Silver City, Arizona Territories, who is an expert shot, but refuses to use his gun, because he believes they are the major cause of frontier violence. However, he is persuaded many times to be the Deputy to help keep order when Chief Marshal Simon Fry is out of town. Written by Pilot TV Network

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

12 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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Der zweite Mann See more »

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Top Gun Productions See more »
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(76 episodes)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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"The Deputy" is set in the 1880s - making the electric guitar, which figures so prominently in the theme music, an anachronism. The instrument is heard frequently during each episode, especially in "montage" scenes of Marshall Simon Fray and Deputy Clay McCord riding horses from point A to point B. See more »

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A Disappointment To His Fans
12 September 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Deputy had a fatal gimmick to start with when it debuted on television in 1959. It's star was to be movie legend Henry Fonda who played a US Marshal. But note the title of the series, the one who carried the show for the most part was his deputy in one particular town in his jurisdiction, Allen Case.

Case was a storekeeper in the town so the deputy's job was a part-time gig. He was not a violent man, only resorting to firearms when he absolutely had to. For action fans this was a big no no.

But in plain fact it was Fonda's name that lured viewers to the show and he only appeared in maybe a third of the episodes and in some only brief appearances. So people tuned in for Fonda and didn't get him.

This was a busy period in Henry Fonda's life, he was working in three different mediums, stage, screen, and television. My guess is that he didn't have the time to devote to a weekly television series and opted for this format. After two seasons The Deputy was canceled.

It was an average television western, but the next time Fonda did a regular TV series it was as a full time star.


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