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The Adventures of Jim Bowie

Title Card - THE ADVENTURES OF JIM BOWIE

ABC Network
1956 - 1958
Drama
30 Minutes

Set in the Louisiana Territory of the 1830s this western, based on the book "Tempered Blade" by Monte Barrett, told the story of adventurer Jim Bowie (Scott Forbes) who carried a knife instead of a gun.

According to legend, Jim Bowie invented the longer, stronger Bowie knife when his smaller knife broke against the tough hide of a grizzly bear.

Jim Bowie's colleagues included:

  • Peter Hansen as Rezin Bowie, Jim's brother who crafted Jim's famous Bowie knife blade
  • Minerva Urecal as Maw Bowie
  • Manning Ross as Abner Bowie, a visiting relative
  • William Schallert as Justinian Tebbs

During his travels Jim Bowie met many notable figures, including:

  • Leslie Kimmell as US President Andrew Jackson
  • Charles MacArthur as Jefferson Davis, the leader of the Confederate cause
  • Robert Corthwaite as John James Audubon, the naturalist,
  • Robert Ellenstein as Johnny Appleseed
  • Peter Mamakos as Jean Lefitte,  pirate and privateer
  • Denver Pyle as Sam Houston who rallied the settlers against the Mexican government in a move for Texas independence
  • George Dunn as Davy Crockett who died along side Jim Bowie as they both protected the Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) from the Mexican army lead by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (Rodolfo Hoyos) in the year 1836. Jim Bowie's famous knife was at his side as he died defending the Alamo.

Scott Forbes as Jim Bowie
Jim Bowie Ready for Action


Listen to Theme Song

TV Series Theme Song

Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie
He was a bold adventurin' man.

Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie,
Battled for right with a powerful hand.

His blade was tempered and so was he,
Indestructible steel was he.

Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie,
He was a fighter, a fearless and mighty adventurin' man.

Closing Lyrics

Adventurin' man. Adventurin' man.

Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie,
he roamed the wilderness unafraid
from Natchez to Rio Grande.

With all the might of his fleeting blade,
he fought for the rights of man.

Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie,
he was a bold adventurin' man.

Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie,
battled for right with a powerful hand.

His blade was tempered and so was he,
indestructible steel was he.

Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie,
he was a fighter, a fearless and mighty adventurin' man.


TRIVIA NOTE: The state of Arkansas is nicknamed the Bowie State because during its early days many of its residents carried a Bowie knife; it was also called the Toothpick State because early settlers used Bowie knives (a.k.a. "Arkansas Toothpicks") to pick their teeth.

Obituaries: Scott Forbes - 02/25/1997


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