|1967 - 68
Set in the late 19th century, this was the
story of US Marshal Jim Crown (Stuart Whitman)
who had the arduous task of patrolling the
border area between the Kansas and Indian
Territories (some 10 million acres known as the
Marshal Crown was based in Cimarron City. Occasionally, he deputized a
stiff-jawed, hot-tempered Scotsman named MacGregor (Percy Herbert)
and frontier photographer/writer, Francis Wilde (Randy Boone) to
maintain the peace and solve the many problems that plagued the
Prior his job as US Marshall, Crown was a scout for the Army and
also helped clean up the unruly and rowdy town of Abilene, Kansas.
In his early days, Jim and his friend Bear (Telly Sevalas)
used to cause damage in the saloons and frontier town of the Old
West. But since then, Jim had matured, and now he is a firmly
committed to upholding and enforcing the laws of the land.
For protection, Marshall Crown carried a .44 caliber, nickel-plated Colt
revolver. When he needed to pull out the big guns, he enlisted the
aid of the Cimarron Cavalry Post, and Major Ben Covington (Andrew
Duggan), the commander of the fort.
Dulcey Coopersmith (Jill Townsend), a sweet and attractive
British woman and owner of the Wayfarers Inn (a tavern and boarding house bequeathed
by her father) was also on hand to lend sympathy and support to
Crown and his cronies.
Before Dulcey's father, English Charley died (he was run over by
a beer wagon), the Wayfarers Inn was known to have the "The Pinkest,
Prettiest, Plumpest Girls in Town". MacGregor, a friend of Dulcey's
father and fond of alcoholic beverages, sometimes helped run the
Whenever anyone in town was hurt or ill, they called upon the
services of Dr. Kihlgren (Karl Swenson) to patch their gunshot
injuries or prescribe a pill for something that ailed them.
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Here is a list of Marshal Crown's adventures along the Cimarron
- Jim is mistaken for an outlaw, and must must get to Silver
City to clear his name and avoid a posse and lynch mob.
- Major Covington and Marshall Crown join forces to save an
errant army private (the Major's son) whose gotten mixed up with a
outlaws known as the Deeker Gang.
- An veteran army sergeant who is disciplined by his commanding
officer holds a mock trial to sentence the officer for his crimes.
- Marshal Crown suspects Tipton, a British visitor (Patrick
Horgan) as the
culprit for Jack the Ripper style murders.
- Marshall Crown tracks down ruthless raiders who are preying on
isolated Indian villages outside of the Cimarron territories.
- An outlaw sent to prison for robbing an Army payroll from the
Cimarron City Bank vows revenge on Marshal Crown.
- A wanted outlaw vows revenge on a wealthy rancher and his
hired guns who were responsible for killing the outlaw's brother.
- Six men who are angry that the bank won't cash their payroll
checks take over the bank and get their money. Marshall Crown
tracks the men down and finds one of them is an old friend.
- Marshall Crown investigate the hanging of two of his friends.
- An outlaw left for dead by his colleagues returns years later
to exact revenge and get his share of a stolen army payroll.
- A disgruntled cowhand who loses his job because of Marshall
Crown returns to town with dynamite to settle the score.
- Deputy MacGregor is sentenced to be hanged for killing a
lawman sent by a crooked sheriff who wanted Crown dead.
- Shot and left for dead by outlaws, Marshal Crown is found by a
local scavenger who seeks a reward for his assistance.
- A veteran Army sergeant, who goes on a murderous rampage when his
best friend is killed, is sought by Marshall Crown.
- An outlaw escapes from jail, kidnaps Dulcey Coopersmith and
dictates Marshal Crown bring another outlaw to justice.
- Wild West Show workers cause the death of local Indians and
Marshal Crown heads off Ghost Wolf, a grieving father.
- Ex-convict kidnaps Francis Wilde, stashes his wounded captive
in a ghost town and promises to return the boy in exchange for
stopping a train load of prisoners being sent to federal prison.
- Marshal Crown jails his old friend Bear for terrorizing
Cimarron City with a gang of cowboys from a nearby ranch.
- A group of unemployed wolf-hunters create trouble with the
local settlers and cattlemen as they seek new jobs.
- A prisoner witness the murder of another prisoner in the
Cimarron jail and offers to identify the man if Marshal Crown
releases him from jail and lets him help track down the killer.
- There's trouble in Cimarron City when the son of a wealthy
rancher shoots a preacher and the town demands justice.
- A notorious outlaw and his gang moves into the Cimarron Strip,
but his hold of his gang dissolves when they discover his stash of
hidden loot is a hoax.
TRIVIA NOTE: Debuting September 7,
1967, CIMARRON STRIP ran for only 23 episodes,
but it is remembered by many as one of the
finest TV westerns of the 1960s, especially the
memorable music score from the opening sequence
(composed by Maurice Jarre) that accompanied
Marshal Crown as he rode his
("Stockings") across the
vast and rugged expanse of the Cimarron Strip
(aerial footage filmed at Bishop, CA).
Obituaries: Percy Herbert: 12/06/1992;
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