Friday, December 11, 2015

What Might've Been: Cowboy in Africa (1967)

Chuck Connors stayed busy during the 60's, between movies and trying to find a series that matched the staying power of The Rifleman. Branded lasted two seasons. Arrest & Trial, not to be confused with Dick Wolf's reality-based revival of a few years ago, lasted one. So did our next entry.

Cowboy in Africa was one of two series Ivan Tors sold to ABC (Off To See The Wizard, co-produced with Chuck Jones & MGM, was the other) in 1967. Spun from a British movie, "Africa-Texas Style", released earlier in the year, Connors took over the role of rodeo star Jim Sinclair, played by Hugh O'Brian in the movie. Ronald Howard (ex-Sherlock Holmes) was, in fact, the lone holdover from the film.

Gilmore Box provides the intro:

Gerald Edwards may actually be better known for voice acting, particularly Bill Cosby's award-winning Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids (1972-85). For all we know, this might've been his lone primetime gig.

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