|The Nine Lives of
|1958 - 1962
Robert Loggia starred as Elfego Baca, a
peace-loving Mexican-American sheriff who lived in Socorro County, New Mexico
in the 1880s.
Initally, Elfego Baca
arrives in the town of Frisco, New Mexico and
subdues a loud-mouthed drunk. For his efforts,
the townfolk deputize Baca. But trouble ensues
when friends of the drunk seek revenge. They try to kill Baca with
multiple gunshots (from allegedly 80 cowboys), but Elfego
held up in a house and luckily after nearly a
days worth of
shooting and 4,000 rounds fired, he cheats death and
gets the cat-like reputation of having nine
lives and the nickname "The Man Who Couldn't Be
Elfego also was known as a man who fought
outlaws with his brains rather than his guns.
One of his tactics for catching criminals was a
simple letter. In the letter, Baca politely
invited the accused to please come to the
sheriff's office and give themselves up.
Amazingly, some did, but those who didn't faced
Elfego personally and some never lived to see a
When Elfego earned a law degree, he set up
business in Santa Fe with a partner. His first
client was accused of robbing a bank. Did Elfego
win his case. What do you think? Of course he
TRIVIA NOTE: Based on the memoirs of
the real-life Elfego Baca (1865-1945), the
series was featured under the "Frontierland"
banner of ABC's DISNEYLAND. The first
episode "The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca" aired on
October 3, 1958. The last episode "Elfego Baca:
Six Gun Law" aired in 1962 (an edited
compilation of series episodes).
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