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The Travels of
Jamie McPheeters

Title Card - THE TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS

ABC Network
1963 - 1964
Drama
60 Minutes

The story of a boy and a father headed west to the California gold fields by wagon train in the year 1849.

Travelers to the gold country included:

  • Kurt Russell as Jaimie McPheeters, a 12-year-old boy.
  • Dan O'Herlihy as "Doc" Sardius McPheeters, Jaimie's scalawag of a father. He left Paducah, Kentucky just ahead of his creditors.
  • Donna Anderson as Jenny, a pretty 17-year-old orphan.
  • Mark Allen and Meg Wyllie as Mr. (Matt)  and Mrs. Kissel, two bible-believing folk who named their four boys after chapters in the good book.
  • Osmond Brothers (Alan, Jay, Merrill and Wayne) as the Kissel Brothers - Micah, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Lamentations. They sing on the trail.
  • Hedley Mattingly as Henry T. Coe, a well-to-do gentleman.
  • Vernett Allen III as Othello, Coe's valet.
  • Michael Witney as Buck Coulter, the Wagon Master. He died (trampled) while saving Jaimie McPheeter's life.
  • Charles Bronson as Linc Murdock, a rugged, stubborn fellow who replaced Buck Coulter as the Wagonmaster. Along the journey, Linc discovers a former girlfriend in a saloon, and puts aside the guilt he has carried for years because he thought he was responsible for her death. 
  • Sandy Kenyon as Shep Baggott.
  • James Westerfield as John Murrell.
  • Robert Carriort as Hard Luck Slater.
  • John Chandler as Dick McBride.

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Screen Capture - THE TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS

Listen to Theme Song

Here are some of Jaimie's exploits during his travels:

  • Jaimie helps Foxy Smith, a smooth-talking swindler hide in a cave from Indians who want his scalp.
  • The wagon train come upon a sole survivor of an Indian attack.
  • Jaimie is captured by a huge man living in the swamps.
  • The wagon train discover two men killed in a gunfight.
  • Jaimie encounters an orphan being chased by two men.
  • Jaimie is kidnapped by Indians who want to ransom him for some horses.
  • Jaimie becomes disturbed when a fortune teller predicts that he will kill his father.
  • Jaimie discovers a dead boy and two wounded men.
  • Jaimie stumbles upon a politician contemplating suicide.
  • Jaimie finds an Indian baby near his murdered mother.

Memorabilia

Comic - TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS

Board Game - TRAVELS OF JAIMIE MCPHEETERS


TRIVIA NOTE: The 26-episode series was based on the 1958 Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" written by Robert Lewis Taylor. The Osmond Brothers (Alan, Jay, Merrill and Wayne) sang the theme song.

Osmond Brothers Album - THE TRAVELS OF JAMIE MCPHEETERS

Kurt Russell and Charles Bronson reprised their roles of Jaimie McPheeters and Linc Murdock in the 1964 made-for-TV movie called Guns of Diablo. The film was based on two-episodes from the series. In the film Russ Conway played the role of Doc McPheeters.

Obituaries: Dan O'Herlihy: 02/17/2005; Charles Bronson: 08/30/2003; James Westerfield: 09/20/1971;


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