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Four Feather Falls

Title Card - FOUR FEATHER FALLS

Syndicated
1960
Puppet Drama
15 Minutes

Set in Kansas in the 19th century, this was the tale of Sheriff Tex Tucker as he maintained law and order in the prairie town of Four Feather Falls near Silver City.

He was assisted by his faithful canine companion, Dusty, and his trusty steed, Rocky, whom Tex considered his unofficial deputies.

When Tex was not tracking down rustlers and outlaws, he enjoyed singing a song or playing his harmonica.

Sheriff Tex could be considered one of the first frontier superheroes because he had four magical feathers that gave him special abilities. The feathers, which he wore in his hat, were given as a reward for saving Makooya, the son of Indian Chief Kallamakooya.

Two of the feathers give Tex's animal friends the ability to talk. The other two feathers enchanted Tex's six-shooters and enabled them to fire automatically when Tex was in danger.


Tex Tucker's Four Magic Feathers and Hat - FOUR FEATHER FALLS

"The four feathers on this hat are magic. They enable Tex Tucker's dog and horse to speak. And his gun's to fire without him even touching them. And now another exciting adventure from FOUR FEATHER FALLS...." -- Opening Narration

Sheriff Tex Tucker - FOUR FEATHER FALLS

Other folks in the Four Feather Falls community included:

  • Grandpa Twink, who told tales about Sheriff Tex Tucker ("This kinda reminds of something strange that happened a while back...")
  • Little Jake Twink, his grandson. Sheriff Tex once deputized Jake and lent him his gun's and its two magic fathers.
  • Slim Jim, the owner and bartender of the Denison saloon
  • Dan Morse, the telegraph operator
  • Marvin Jackson, the bank manager
  • Ma Jones, the owner of the general store
  • Doc Haggerty, the town physician
  • Indian Chief Kallamakooya
  • Makooya, the son of the Indian chief
  • Chief Red Scalp, a renegade Indian
  • Pedro, a Mexican bandit
  • Fernando, a Pedro's sidekick
  • Big Ben, a villain

Theme Song Lyrics
(sung by Mike Holliday)

In Four Feather Falls, Four Feather Falls
There's always magic in the air
In Four Feather Falls, Four Feather Falls
You'll always find a vacant chair

In Four Feather Falls, Four Feather Falls
Every heart is kind and true
If ever you're in town they'll never let you down
And stranger there's a welcome for you

But anything can happen, anything at all
Why you might hear a dog, "Meow."
Hey, hey but stranger than that,
Any stray cat may suddenly remark, "Bow-wow."

Ho, ho, Four Feather Falls, Four Feather Falls
The only place on earth to be
'Cause Four Feather Falls, Four Feather Falls
Means heaven on the range to me

In Four Feather Falls, Four Feather Falls
The only place on earth to be
'Cause Four Feather Falls, (I said) Four Feather Falls
Means heaven on the range to me.
Yes, heaven on the earth to me [fades with whistling]


Screen Captures from FOUR FEATHER FALLS

Magic Hat and Guns - FOUR FEATHERS FALL Grandpa and Little Jake - FOUR FEATHERS FALL Ma Jones - FOUR FEATHER FALLS
Sheriff Tex Tucker at his Desk - FOUR FEATHER FALLS Sheriff Tex Tucker on his horse with Makooya  - FOUR FEATHER FALLS Dusty the Talking Dog - FOUR FEATHER FALLS
Rocky the Talking Horse in a Stable - FOUR FEATHER FALLS Fernando the Bandit - FOUR FEATHER FALLS Pedro the Bandit - FOUR FEATHER FALLS
Big Ben the Outlaw - FOUR FEATHER FALLS Closing Credits - FOUR FEATHER FALLS Closing Credits - FOUR FEATHER FALLS
Closing Credits - FOUR FEATHER FALLS Closing Credits - FOUR FEATHER FALLS Closing Credits - FOUR FEATHER FALLS

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TRIVIA NOTE: Produced by Gerry Anderson, this was the first of his series to use the Supermarionation marionette animation process which featured electronic lip synch and eye movements.

The puppets voices were provided by Nicholas Parsons (Tex Tucker, Dan Morse); Kenneth Connor (Dusty, Rocky, Marvin Jackson, Doc Haggerty, Chief Kalamakooya, Slim Jim, Pedro) and Denise Bryer (Little Jake, Ma Jones, Makooya) and David Graham (Grandpa Twink, Fernando, Big Ben, Indian Chief Red Scalp)

The songs on the program were sung by Michael Holliday. They included such tunes a "Four Feather Falls", "Happy Hearts and Friendly Faces", "My Home Town",  "The Phantom Rider", The Rick-Rick-A- Rackety Train", and "Two Gun Tex of Texas" (the closing theme). Tommy Reilly provided the harmonica playing on the program.

The original title for the show was TWO GUN TEX TUCKER, set in Spelltown, Kansas. See also "Life with Snarky Parker"

Obituaries: Tommy Reilly:


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