- Temple Houston (TV series)
show_name = Temple Houston
genre = Western
Legal drama Comedy
Leslie H. Martinson William Conrad Robert Totten Irving J. Moore Alvin Ganzer Robert D. Webb
Jeffrey Hunter Jack Elam James Best Frank Ferguson Chubby Johnson Mary Wickes
opentheme = "
The Yellow Rose of Texas"
"as arranged by"
Frank Comstockand Ned Washington
country = USA
language = English
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 26
William T. Orr Jack Webb
Richard M. Bluel Joseph Dackow Lawrence Dobkin Jimmy Lydon
location = flagicon|California
picture_format = 1.33 : 1
first_run = Thursdays at 7:30pm [ [http://aolsvc.timeforkids.kol.aol.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,870505-1,00.html Contemporary "Time Magazine" announcement of the premiere of "Temple Houston"] ]
19 September 1963
2 April 1964
imdb_id = 0056788
tv_com_id = 5617
"Temple Houston" is a 1963–64
NBC television serieswhich has been called "the first attempt . . . to produce an hour-long Western series with the main character being an attorneyin the formal sense."Nevins, Frances M. "Westerns". "Prime Time Law: Fictional Television as Legal Narrative". Robert M. Jarvis and Paul R. Joseph, Editors. Carolina Academic Press. 1998. p. 212-213] It was the only show Jack Webbsold to a network during his ten months as the head of production at Warner Bros. Television. [ [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/W/htmlW/webbjack/webbjack.htm Jack Webb at The Museum of Broadcast Communications] ] It was also the first Warner Bros. Television show to be aired on a network other than ABC, and the lone series in which actor Jeffrey Hunterplayed a regular part. [ [http://www.jeffreyhuntermovies.com./televisi.htm Jeffrey Hunter's Notable Television Appearances] ]
Due to interference from NBC upon the production team's concept for the series, it is somewhat difficult to speak of a single
premisefor "Temple Houston". In its broadest sense, however, it is a show based loosely on the career of the real-life circuit-riding lawyer Temple Houston (1860–1905), son of the more famous Sam Houston. Aside from that general statement, though, there is little which binds all the episodes together under a common framework. The series variously cast the characters and situations in both an overtly humorous and a deadly serious light. Writer Francis M. Nevin asserts of the first episode: "Clearly, the concept here is "Perry Mason" out West", going so far as to note that "Houston"'s court opponent "apes Hamilton Burgerby accusing Houston of 'prolonging this trial with a lot of dramatic nonsense'". Later episodes turned Houston into more of a detective than a lawyer. Over the course of the series, the bulk of narrative saw Houston actually gathering evidence, rather than trying cases. In the end, the series largely eschewed criminal law in favor of overtly humorous plots, such as in the episode "The Law and Big Annie", which saw Houston using his legal expertise to help his friend figure out what to do after he had inherited an elephant.
Inasmuch as the series was loosely based on an actual person, producers tried to avoid storylines that would embarrass the two children of Temple Houston who were still alive when the series went on the air. [Production memo, "Temple Houston" files, Warner Bros. Archives, Cinema-Television Library, University of Southern California. The producers did not consult with Houston's family about the series, other than to inquire if any direct descendants were still living. Frank X. Tolbert, "Temple Houston's Family Speaks Up," "
Dallas Morning News", August 25, 1963, sec. 1, p. 23.]
Jeffrey Hunteras Temple Houston Jack Elamas George Taggart Frank Fergusonas Judge Gurney Chubby Johnsonas Concho Mary Wickesas Ida Goff
The earliest known conceptual documents for "Temple Houston" date back to 1957. It took about six years for a pilot to be filmed. That pilot, "The Man From Galveston", was filmed in March 1963, but was never broadcast on television. Instead, the 57-minute film was released theatrically in
December 1963. A part of the reason for this method of release was because the series used a radically different cast; some were unavailable at the start of series production in August. [Production memo, "Temple Houston" files, Warner Bros. Archives, Cinema-Television Library, University of Southern California.] Actor Jeffrey Hunter was the only cast member to star in both pilot and series, although his character was re-dubbed Timothy Higgins in the pilot when it was released as a theatrical film.
When a Robert Taylor vehicle collapsed in the summer of 1963, NBC suddenly had a vacant slot on its fall 1963 schedule. It therefore quickly moved "Temple Houston" forward. "Houston" had only about three weeks from greenlight to its first date of filming. At the time it was greenlit, writing—much less pre-production—had barely begun. In this chaotic three weeks period, the series underwent a dramatic concept overhaul. Hunter described the situation in a 1965 interview:quote|In the first place, we had no time to prepare for it. I was notified on July 17 to be ready to start August 7 for an October air date. When we reached the screen we did not have a single segment ready. It was done so fast the writers never got a chance to know what it was all about. We all wanted to follow the line indicated by the pilot film, which we thought would make a charming series. NBC, however, favored making it serious.Spiro, J.D. "Happy in Hollywood". "The Milwaukee Journal". 4 July 1965.] |
The series was produced by Warner Bros. Television and Apollo Productions, a company co-owned by star Jeffrey Hunter, who had demanded to produce it in exchange for a film and television commitment to Warner Bros.http://www.jeffreyhuntermovies.com/WildestWesternsIssue2.pdf Glenn A. Mosley, "Temple Houston: The Story Behind a Forgotten Western". "Wildest Westerns Magazine", Issue No. 2, 2000. Under this contract, Hunter appeared in the Warner Bros. theatrical releases "Murieta" (1965) and "Brainstorm" (1965).]
By December 1963, the series was rated 31st of the 32 new shows that season. NBC then ordered a switch back to more humorous stories. The aim, according to Hunter, was to make something "on the order of "Maverick", but the change merely allowed the series to continue to the end of the season.
"Temple Houston" was pulled after one season of 26 episodes. Jeffrey Hunter later indicated that he thought the series' failure was due to an inability to establish a consistent tone for the project. He also noted the unusual title: "The big joke around town was, the series was about a
Although Warner Bros. owns the copyrights to the episodes (allowing, for instance, the scripts to be remade), the theatrical and television distribution rights are owned "in perpetuity" by NBC, which has licensed those rights to various distributors over the years.
Because the show produced so few episodes, it has had little presence on the domestic syndication market. However, it appears to have enjoyed limited international syndication. The series was shown in Japan in 1963, ["Japanese Net Buys 'Houston' in TV Package," "
Dallas Morning News", August 27, 1963, sec. 3, p. 5.] and on Australian regional television station GTS-4in 1974. [ [http://televisionau.siv.net.au/tv220774.htm 1974 Australian television schedule] ] In Britain the program aired during 1964, [ [http://www.sunderlandecho.com/yesterdays?articleid=1886002 "Sunderland Echo" round-up of 1964 news and culture in Sunderland.] ] inspiring one of the few pieces of memorabiliafrom the show—a 1965 British annual. [ [http://www.booksandcollectibles.com.au/bsearch.php3?bsearch_submit=Search&auth=%3A&title=TEMPLE+HOUSTON+ANNUAL The 1965 "Temple Houston" Annual at booksandcollectibles.com.au.] ]
*imdb title|0056788|Temple Houston
*imdb title|0057283|The Man from Galveston
* [http://www.jeffreyhuntermovies.com/WildestWesternsIssue2.pdf Temple Houston: The Story Behind a Forgotten Western] .
* [http://aa.1asphost.com/CTVA/US/Western/TempleHouston.htm "Temple Houston" at the Classic TV Archive]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
См. также в других словарях:
Temple Houston — Temple Lea Houston (August 12, 1860 – August 15, 1905) was the last born child of Texas Revolutionary Samuel Houston. . Once a judge persuaded Houston to represent a penniless horse thief and Houston promised, I ll provide the unfortunate… … Wikipedia
Temple of Terror — Infobox Fighting Fantasy book 2covers caption1=The original cover of Temple of Terror illustrated by Christos Achilleos caption2=The Wizard cover of Temple of Terror illustrated by Martin McKenna location=Allansia, Titan references=400… … Wikipedia
Houston — This article is about the U.S. city. For other uses, see Houston (disambiguation). City of Houston City … Wikipedia
Temple architecture (LDS Church) — On December 27, 1832 two years after the organization of Latter Day Saint church the movement s founder, Joseph Smith, Jr., reported receiving a revelation that called upon church members to restore the practice of temple worship. The Latter Day… … Wikipedia
Maverick (TV series) — Maverick Title Card Genre Western Comedy Created by Roy Huggins … Wikipedia
Cheyenne (1955 TV series) — For other uses, see Cheyenne (disambiguation). Cheyenne Title screen Also known as Warner Brothers Presents ... Cheyenne and Cheyenne: Bronco and The Cheye … Wikipedia
Colt .45 (TV series) — Colt .45 Also known as The Colt Cousins on the BBC Genre Western Created by Based on the film by Thomas W. Blackburn Developed by Roy Huggins … Wikipedia
Conflict (TV series) — Conflict Genre anthology Language(s) English No. of seasons 2 No. of episodes 20 Production Executive … Wikipedia
Mister Roberts (TV series) — Mister Roberts Roger Smith and Richard X. Slattery. Genre Sitcom Written by Richard Baer Bob Barbash Bobby Bell Robe … Wikipedia
Greater Houston — Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown MSA Country United States of America State Texas Principal cities – Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown – … Wikipedia