Brenda Vaccaro starred as Sara Yarnell, a
strong-willed school teacher from the East who
settled in the 1870s town of Independence,
Colorado and began teaching students in a
one-room school house.
Sara left her dull life in Philadelphia for
the excitement of the West. Unfortunately, her
liberal attitude was just the opposite of the
conservative citizens of the area. It took a
while for many of her new neighbors to warm up
to her independent suffragette spirit that was
filled with notions of reform and women's rights.
The children of the town, however, loved Sara
from the start.
Other citizens of the town of Independence
- Bert Kramer as Emmett Ferguson,
a school board member.
- William Phipps as Claude Barstow,
the town's Mayor and a member of the
- William Wintersole as George
the town banker and a
member of the school board.
Mariclare Costello as Julia Bailey, the
banker's wife and a very good friend of Sara
- Kraig Metzinger as Georgie Bailey, the
banker's son and one of Sara Yarnell's students.
Albert Stratton as Martin Pope, the
town's newspaper editor.
- Louise Latham as Martha Higgins,
- Debbie Lytton as Debbie
Higgins, Marthas' daughter, and one of Sara
- Hallie Morgan as Emma Higgins,
Martha's daughter, and one of Sara's students.
- Silvia Soares as Claranet.
This was the Brenda Vaccaro's first TV series. Prior to SARA, she
had performed on stage and in such films as
Cactus Flower, Midnight Cowboy,
Once is Not Enough.
The series was based on the novel "The
Revolt of Sarah Perkins" by Marian
Cockrell about a teacher hired to replace a
single woman who ran off and got married
and left the town without a schoolmarm.
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