- Johnny Ringo (TV series)
show_name = Johnny Ringo
format = Western
Black and white(1959-1960)
runtime = 30 minutes
Don Durant Mark Goddard Karen Sharpe
October 2, 1959
June 3, 1960
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 38
imdb_id = 0052478|
"Johnny Ringo" was a Western
television seriesstarring Don Durantthat aired on CBSfrom October 1, 1959, until June 30, 1960. It was loosely based on the life of the notorious gunfighter Johnny Ringo, who tangled with Wyatt Earp, John "Doc" Holliday, and "Buckskin" Franklin Leslie.
This fictional account had Ringo putting aside his gunfighting ways to become the
sheriffof a small town. He had a deputynamed Cully, played by Mark Goddard, and a girlfriend, Laura Thomas, portrayed by Karen Sharpe.
The program was an early creation of
Aaron Spellingfor Four Star Television. Spelling created "Johnny Ringo" at the specific request of Dick Powellas a role for Durant. It was filmed at CBS Studio Center.
"Johnny Ringo" scored good ratings in its Thursday competition with ABC's "
The Real McCoys" with Walter Brennan, sometimes reaching into the Top Twenty. The program was dropped at the request of its sponsor, Johnson Wax Company, which wanted a sitcom, rather than a western. At the time there were thirty Western series on the networks. For syndicated reruns, the show was combined with three other short-lived Western series from the same company, " Black Saddle" starring Peter Breck, " Law of the Plainsman" starring Michael Ansara, and Sam Peckinpah's critically acclaimed creation, "The Westerner" starring Brian Keith, under the umbrella title "The Westerners", with additional hosting segments featuring Keenan Wynn.
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