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Bronco

Title Card - BRONCO

ABC Network
1958 - 1962
Drama
60 Minutes

The western adventure BRONCO/ABC/1958-62 starred Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne, an ex-Confederate Army officer who sought  adventure on the Texas plains in the days following the Civil War.

During his travels, Bronco worked at number of occupations, including a frontier guide, a deputy, a miner, the leader of a wagon train, an army scout and an undercover agent for the US postal service.

These employment opportunities enabled Bronco to met up with the likes of  Billy the Kid, Belle Starr, Cole Younger, Jesse James, John Wesley Hardin, Theodore Roosevelt, and Wild Bill Hickok.

Beside his trusty Colt .45 pistol (bearing with inscription: "Courage is the Freedom of Honor"), Bronco carried a gold pocket watch that played the tune "Deep in the Heart of Dixie." Inside the watch was a picture of Redemption McNally (Kathleen Crowley), a former love from Bronco's earlier days in Texas.

Bronco's friends were a cat named Elmira and Enrique "Rickie" Cortez (Gerald Mohr) who was a partner with Bronco in the Layne and Cortez General Store. When Bronco got the itch to drift, he left his cat and gold watch  with Enrique until her retuned from his journeys.

Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne - BRONCO


Listen to Theme Song

Theme Song Lyrics

Bronco! Bronco!
Tearin' across the Texas plain.
Bronco! Bronco! Bronco Layne.

Born down around the old panhandle,
Texas is where he grew to fame.
There ain't a horse that he can't handle,
That's how he got his name.

Bronco! Bronco!
Tearin' across the Texas plain.
Bronco! Bronco! Bronco Layne.

Next to a four square Texas twister,
You'd call a cyclone weak and mild,
You've never seen a twister, mister,
Till someone gets him riled.

Bronco! Bronco!
Tearin' across the Texas plain.
Bronco! Bronco! Bronco Layne.

Show me a gal who kissed him once,
And I'll show you a gal who's kissed him twice.
Once a city gal has kissed him twice,
She's dreamin' of shoes and rice.

Bronco! Bronco!
Tearin' across the Texas plain.
Bronco! Bronco! Bronco Layne.

Composed by  David and Jerry Livingston


Memorabilia

Dell Comic - CHEYENNE featuring Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne

Dell Comic - CHEYENNE featuring Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne

Cheyenne comics featuring Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne

TRIVIA NOTE: The BRONCO western television series aired from September 23, 1958 to August 20, 1962, with a total of 68 episodes.

The Bronco character was created in reaction to Clint Walker leaving his popular Warner Bros. western CHEYENNE due to a contractual dispute during the 1958-59 season.

During the interim, the show was renamed THE CHEYENNE SHOW and featured reruns of CHEYENNE episodes and new BRONCO programming.

When the legal issues were resolved in the 1959-60 season, Clint Walker resumed his role on CHEYENNE and the BRONCO series received its own timeslot and rotated with the SUGARFOOT and then the CHEYENNE series until 1962.

Obituaries: Gerald Mohr - 11/08/1968


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