|1971 - 1972
Glenn Ford starred
Sheriff Sam Cade, a tough but fair lawman who maintained
peace and order in
the sprawling desert landscape of Madrid County
with the help of his Senior Deputy J.J. Jackson
(Edgar Buchanan). Before taking the job as
Sheriff, Cade had been US Navy fighter pilot in
Korea and an FBI Agent.
Wearing cowboy hats and driving jeeps
and cop cars, Sheriff Cade and his deputies patrolled
the rugged Southwest territory looking to help
those in need and tracking down those who needed
to be put behind bars.
Sheriff Sam Cade was also very sensitive man and
quite conscious of the plight of the many Native
Americans in his jurisdiction.
Others officers and employees on the county
- Taylor Lacher as Deputy Arlo Pritchard, a rookie
- Victor Campos as Deputy Rudy Davillo, a
- Pete Ford as Deputy Pete
- Sandra Ego as Joannie Little Bird, a
Native American radio
- Betty Ann Carr as Betty Ann Sundown, a
Native American radio
dispatcher who replaced Joannie Little Bird.
J.J. Jackson and Sheriff Sam Cade
Here is a select list of Sheriff Sam Cade's police investigations:
- Cade searches for a missing miner in a small company
- A perfectly robbery perplexes Cade and his deputies.
- A nut-job sabotages a missile site and tries to set off a
- Sam searches for a Native American man wanted for murder. The
man was once Sam's deputy.
- Prejudice arises when an Arab student is suspected of killing
a ranch foreman.
- Cade tracks a hunter of illegally captured wild horses.
- Jewel thieves takes one of Cade's deputies as a hostage.
- Another nut-job thinks he's Billy the Kid.
- Cade goes undercover to catch gold smugglers.
- Sam tracks down a stolen Lamborghini Miura automobile
that was involved in a murder attempt.
TRIVIA NOTE: CADE'S COUNTY was called
SHERIFF OF MADRID when the series ran in
syndication. The Deputy Pete character was
played by Glenn Ford's son, Pete Ford.
The state in which the series was set was never
mentioned, but the desert locales suggest
Arizona or New Mexico.
Edgar Buchanan is best remembered for his role
as Uncle "movin' kind of slow" Joe on the sitcom
and Glenn Ford were
veterans of the western genre. One of Ford's
memorable roles was in the classic western
3:10 to Yuma (1957) where he played Ben
Wade, a smooth talking outlaw destined for the
Obituaries: Glenn Ford: 08/30/2006; Edgar Buchanan:
04/04/1979; Taylor Lacher: 06/21//2005
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