A man shot and left for dead on the trail is found and revived. He has no recollection of his past and, calling himself Shenandoah, roams the West in search of his identity.
Episode 02: Survival
Riding into town on a newly-purchased horse, Shenandoah finds himself accused of the murder of the horse’s former owner.
Actor Robert Horton said once during an interview with TV Guide that he “vowed never to do another television western.” After more than eight seasons as Flint McCullough on “Wagon Train”(one of the all-time great television westerns ever made that ran from 1957 until 1965),Horton was back in the saddle once again in this short-lived western series “A Man Called Shenandoah” that originally ran on ABC-TV for 34 episodes,all in black and white from September 13,1965 until its final episode on May 16,1966. The show ran an half-hour. Robert Horton is excellent as a man who lost his memory after he gets shot in the head,gets amnesia,and also is searching for his history throughout the country going from town to town throughout the old west in search for the man who shot him,that is if he can even remember who he was in the first place. This series was in fact little darker,and more emotionally than most of the westerns that came out during the 1960′s.
While the theme and dark subject matter somewhat resembles “The Fugitive”,let’s face it…Robert Horton was no David Janssen. In “The Fugitive”,one got more sense of desperation;after all,Kimble was however running for life,and searching for the man who frame him for murder while on the run from the police. In “A Man Called Shenandoah”,Horton was just wandering through the West looking for his identity,but still had a good life,but trying to find the pieces of a puzzle that left him without remembering who he is or what was he looking for?
But still the show lasted more than a year,producing 34 episodes. The reason why is got clobbered in the ratings is that ABC,the network that originally ran the series,put “A Man Called Shenandoah” on its Monday night schedule opposite the Emmy-winning powerhouse “The Andy Griffith Show”,that was on CBS. However,the show did have a very good original concept,with lots of open space to work with and other ideas that could have developed into a great series. It had quality,not to mention potential. However,several episodes were very good including the pilot episode “The Onslaught”,as well as “Requiem For The Second”,”The Clown”, “An Unfamiliar Time”,”Care of General Delivery”,and the final episode of the series “Macauley’s Care”.
Cast and Crew:
Robert Horton, Christopher Riordan and James Griffith
Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Production Company: Bronze Enterprises, MGM Television
Audio/Visual: mono, black & white
Date Release: 1965
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