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The Deputy

Title Card - THE DEPUTY

NBC Network
1959 - 1961
30 Minutes

Set in the Arizona Territory of the 1880s, Henry Fonda starred as Simon Fry, an aging US Marshal who maintained law and order in the town of Silver City.

"That was the Arizona territory in 1880, and I was its chief marshal." -- Marshal Fry,  Series Opening

Simon's friends in Silver City included:

  • Allen Case as Clay McCord, a young storekeeper who works as a deputy for Marshall Fry. When outlaws burn his store, McCord becomes a full-time Deputy Marshal.
  • Betty Lou Keim as Fran McCord, Clay's sister.
  • Addison Richards/Willis Bouchey as Doc Landy.
  • Charles Seel as Doc Miller.
  • Phil Tully as Charlie, the bartender.
  • Kermit Maynard as Marshal Bud Tyson.
  • Read Morgan as Hapgood "Sarge" Tasker, a one-eyed cavalry sergeant who occasionally teams up with McCord.
  • Wallace Ford as Marshal Herk Lamson, Silver City's elderly lawman..
  • Vito Scotti as Jose

Marshal Simon Fry and Clay McCord - THE DEPUTY

Listen to Theme Music

Here are some of the exploits of Marshal Fry and Deputy McCord:

Marshall Fry:
  • Captures two train robbers with the help of a storekeeper.
  • Takes a chance on a suspected rustler handling a gold shipment
  • Faces down a lynch mob that wants to kill his prisoner.
  • Helps a woman and her son being forced off their land
  • Sets out to bust the plot that framed McCord for murder.
  • Quells men angry over a bunch of feminist Suffragettes.

Deputy McCord:

  • Treks into Apache territory on a peace mission.
  • Helps a man falsely accused of selling gunpowder to Apaches.
  • Protect the town veterinarian from a hired gunman.
  • Goes under cover to learn the plans of a gang of outlaws.
  • Robs a payroll shipment to facilitate the release of a hostage.
  • Tracks down the bad guys who shot Marshal Fry.


Dell Comic Book - THE DEPUTY

TRIVIA NOTE: Veteran film star Henry Fonda took a secondary role on the show to showcase actor Allen Case. If you think about it, that was a smart move. Fonda could take it easy and let the young guy do all the hard stuff. Fonda was 54-years-old at the time. He narrated the openings and endings of the show.

The TV series was inspired by the western movie Tin Star (1957) starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins. In the film, Fonda played a veteran marshal-turned-bounty hunter who decides to help a young and inexperienced deputy protect himself from the criminal elements in town.

Allen Case, the young guy on the series, went on to co-star in the 1965 western series THE LEGEND OF JESSE JAMES as frontier outlaw Frank James.

Case died of a heart attack at the age of 52 while on vacation in California. Fonda had died four years earlier at the age of 77 from heart disease.

A series similar to THE DEPUTY called LAWMAN/ABC/1958-62  followed a veteran lawman and his young assistant as they  maintained peace in Laramie, Wyoming.

Actor Robert Redford made his TV debut on episode "The Last Gunfight" (April 30. 1960).

Obituaries: Henry Fonda: 08/12/1982; Allen Case: 08/25/1986.

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