A Man Called Shenandoah

Saw a post on the Warner Archive facebook page that A Man Called Shenandoah is in the works. No information on release date though.

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  1. Randy Korstick

    Colt .45 is my most wanted western from WA.

    I'm sitting on a stack of episodes that I'm holding off from transferring because I know once I get done, WA will announce the series. I wonder what the holdup is on this show.

  2. Neil Brock

    I'm sitting on a stack of episodes that I'm holding off from transferring because I know once I get done, WA will announce the series. I wonder what the holdup is on this show.

    This time last year they said they had to complete music clearance and then the episodes needed to be remastered. Since they managed to clear their other western shows, I expect them to clear this one. The exception being the Alaskans which is tougher to clear like the detective shows. So they may be in the remastering process right now. I would guess at least season 1 is a safe bet for sometime this year.

  3. Well this keeps adding to the total of prime-time shows from the 1965-66 season now available on DVD!

    Gunsmoke S11
    Perry Mason S9
    Rawhide S8
    Bonanza S7
    Andy Griffith Show S6
    The Flintstones S6
    Dick Van Dyke Show S5
    Hazel S5
    Dr. Kildare S5
    Combat! S4
    The Virginian S4
    The Lucy Show S4
    McHale's Navy S4
    Patty Duke Show S3
    My Favorite Martian S3
    The Fugitive S3
    Flipper S2
    Addams Family S2
    Munsters S2
    Gilligan's Island S2
    Gomer Pyle USMC S2
    Bewitched S2
    Man From UNCLE S2
    Daniel Boone S2
    Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea S2
    Batman S1
    Lost In Space S1
    Honey West S1
    The Loner S1
    I Spy S1
    Wild Wild West S1
    The Big Valley S1
    The FBI S1
    Daktari S1
    Laredo S1
    Green Acres S1
    Gidget S1
    F Troop S1
    I Dream Of Jeannie S1
    Get Smart! S1
    Hogan's Heroes S1
    Branded S1
    My Mother The Car S1
    Hank S1
    A Man Called Shennadoah S1

    Add these Brit shows that aired in US prime time during the season.

    The Baron
    Secret Agent (Danger Man)

    And the next release of Peyton Place will contain the first episodes that were part of the 65-66 season.

  4. The Travels of Jamie McPheeters is a possibility for release later this year by WA for the appeal of a then child-actor Kurt Russell, also not to mention the Osmond Bros., who sang the theme song over the end credits.

  5. GRIT has been showing an extended feature length version of the last episode of THE TRAVELS OF JAMIE McPHEETERS, called GUNS OF DIABLO. It's in color. The series was in black and white. MGM made it in the same time-frame they filmed a couple of extended color features from the first season of THE MAN FROM UNCLE, which was in black and white, except for the episodes they planned to expand for the features.

  6. It's interesting that at the same time AMCS was being made Larry Cohen had created Coronet Blue for CBS. Both shows had the same premise: a man with amnesia searching for his identity. Two big differences: Coronet Blue was filmed in color and took place in the 1960s New York. Due to management changes at CBS that show was put on shelf for two years before it aired in the summer of 1967. And now, both shows are out on DVD!

  7. Does anyone know if you order direct from Warner Archive that you can get a pressed set?I understand
    Amazon purchases are MOD only.This show would be a blind buy,may get it if they are remastered and uncut.

  8. Cowboy

    Does anyone know if you order direct from Warner Archive that you can get a pressed set?I understand
    Amazon purchases are MOD only.This show would be a blind buy,may get it if they are remastered and uncut.

    I just received my copy yesterday. I have never seen the show before. Watched the 1st episode and it looks to be a good show. They are not pressed discs. The quality is excellent. They were remastered and are uncut running a little over 25 minutes each. Highly Recommended for Western TV show fans.

  9. Cowboy

    Does anyone know if you order direct from Warner Archive that you can get a pressed set?I understand
    Amazon purchases are MOD only.This show would be a blind buy,may get it if they are remastered and uncut.

    I just received my copy yesterday. I have never seen the show before. Watched the 1st episode and it looks to be a good show. They are not pressed discs. The quality is excellent. They were remastered and are uncut running a little over 25 minutes each. Highly Recommended for Western TV show fans.

  10. Cowboy

    Does anyone know if you order direct from Warner Archive that you can get a pressed set?I understand
    Amazon purchases are MOD only.This show would be a blind buy,may get it if they are remastered and uncut.

    I just received my copy yesterday. I have never seen the show before. Watched the 1st episode and it looks to be a good show. They are not pressed discs. The quality is excellent. They were remastered and are uncut running a little over 25 minutes each. Highly Recommended for Western TV show fans.

  11. I agree, its a good show. However, similar to The Californians, I'm not a big western fan and I'm quite content with having both series recorded from GET-TV, complete and uncut. Especially at BOD prices.

  12. I agree, its a good show. However, similar to The Californians, I'm not a big western fan and I'm quite content with having both series recorded from GET-TV, complete and uncut. Especially at BOD prices.

  13. I agree, its a good show. However, similar to The Californians, I'm not a big western fan and I'm quite content with having both series recorded from GET-TV, complete and uncut. Especially at BOD prices.

  14. Man Called Shenandoah is a very good Western, although the central theme of the show sometimes strains credibility at times with "Shenandoah" being recognized, attacked, deceived or led on to nowhere by people who know his real identity, or have clues to finding the truth about him, in just about every episode…ultimately never really learning his real name and identity before the series was unfortunately cancelled. The show still holds interest as they establish some critical details about his past, however. In the course of the 34 episodes, some satisfying continuity is established in the compelling mystery with Shenandoah following up on clues and characters introduced previously. This is a good action show with a lot of great location shooting at Mammoth Lakes, Old Tucson, Mojave at Lone Pine etc. And the guest stars are wonderful!

    Man Called Shenandoah was created by E. Jack Neuman, who also wrote most of the episodes. This was the first show that Neuman did right after Mr. Novak, and also for MGM. Boris Sagal, also from Mr. Novak, directed. The great Nathan Juran and Tom Gries also directed a number of episodes. Fred Freiberger was one of the producers on Man Called Shenandoah, right about the same time as he was producing the second pilot for Star Trek. There are many Trek alumni seen on Man Called Shenandoah…DeForest Kelly, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, Susan Oliver, Sally Kellerman, Paul Carr, Warren Stevens, Frank Gorshin all appear on this show. Other great guest stars like Beverly Garland, Geraldine Brooks, Anne Helm, Martin Landau, Ed Asner, Bruce Dern, Claude Akins, Warren Oates, Robert Loggia, Nehemiah Persoff, John Dehner, Albert Salmi, John Mcintire, Jeanette Nolan, Gregory Walcott, John Anderson, Ed Binns, Milton Selzer, Cloris Leachman, David Sheiner, Charles McGraw, Harry Dean Stanton, Bing Russell, Henry Jones, Leif Erickson, Lloyd Bochner, Joyce Van Patten, Andrew Duggan, Norman Fell, John Ireland, Diana Hyland and Gary Merrill…

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    The lovely Susan Oliver in episode 18, "Rope's End"…Alabama rocks at Lone Pine, CA…
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    My copy of Man Called Shenandoah is on the way to me…I'm alright with burned discs on quality media, the only problem I've ever had with a WAC disc was on a pressed disc for The FBI…I'm glad that another B+W MGM TV show has been released by WAC…with Mr. Novak S1 hopefully coming soon…I would hope for The Thin Man TV series too, though I'm worried that there are more complicated rights issues with that one than some others. And WAC has a lot of great MGM, RKO and WB classic feature films for Blu ray in the que also…

  15. A narrator turns up around episode 7 or 8 of A Man Called Shenandoah. I think it's Fred Foy.

    Somewhere around episode 8, the opening credits went from a snowy setting to a rocky desert terrain, then back to the snow.

    I've skipped around the set a lot, mainly to see favorite character actors such as Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton, L.Q. Jones, and Strother Martin.

  16. Well, I'm through episode 16. The narrator disappeared for a while but came back. The alternate opening credits appeared only the one time–it's been back to the snowy opening for all episodes.

    John Dehner guest-starred in one recent episode I watched. Is there a '60s TV series that that man didn't appear in? Great performance in A Man Called Shenandoah by Mr. Dehner, incidentally.

  17. I'm enjoying the new WAC release of Man Called Shenandoah too. And Like Dan and many of us here, I look forward to seeing John Dehner in just about anything as well. A nice coincidence with releases this month has another fine John Dehner guest appearance showing up in the just released Gunsmoke season 13 episode "Deadman's Law". Like the rest of these remastered episodes, it looks spectacular with some eye popping exteriors at Vasquez Rocks…Gunnar Hellstrom, one of my favorite "German" types in so many War series like 12 O'Clock High and Combat, also turns in a solid performance. And Rawhide's Steve Raines is in this one too!

  18. Leonard Nimoy appeared as a hit man in one recent episode I watched, and his future wife Susan Bay appeared two episodes later. The narrator is still weighing in at the start of each episode as I move through disc 3. For episode 17 or 18 or thereabouts and each episode since, a slightly different Robert Horton vocal is used for the opening theme song. Karl Swenson, a familiar TV face, appeared as a sheriff in episode 21.

  19. Dan McW

    Well, I'm through episode 16. The narrator disappeared for a while but came back. The alternate opening credits appeared only the one time–it's been back to the snowy opening for all episodes.

    John Dehner guest-starred in one recent episode I watched. Is there a '60s TV series that that man didn't appear in? Great performance in A Man Called Shenandoah by Mr. Dehner, incidentally.

    He guested as soap opera star Rex Goodbody on The Beverly Hillbillies. Granny thought the series was real and wanted to doctor him. He then played a police captain as a regular on The Dukes of Hazzard spinoff, Enos.

  20. Another omnipresent '60s TV star, Andrew Duggan, appeared in episode 22. Also appearing was frequent western heavy Lane Bradford, whom I also just saw in a season-13 Gunsmoke episode. DeForest Kelley had a small part in episode 23, whose entire credited cast was familiar TV/movie folks: Joanna Pettet, Warren Stevens, and Elisha Cook along with Kelley.

  21. Some screen captures I took from episode 10, "The Locket" (Nov. 22, 1965), filmed at the picturesque Alabama Rocks at Lone Pine, Ca., with guest star Martin Landau…the well known locales seen in countless movies and tv shows…among them the celebrated 1955-60 Budd Boetticher/Burt Kennedy Columbia Westerns with Randolph Scott and the immortal Bad Day at Black Rock.
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    Robert Horton with Chris Alcaide…another man who might know the truth about "Shenandoah" and the mysterious Locket…
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    The creator/producer of A Man Called Shenandoah was E. Jack Neuman. His previous series for MGM was Mr. Novak, where Martin Landau had previously appeared in two memorable episodes of that great series also.

  22. Thanks for providing those screen captures, Randall! The prints look OK…not CBS/Paramount quality for certain, but not bad. Would you say the transfers look comparable to the ones used for The Loner or The Rebel releases? That would certainly be acceptable to me. I definitely plan to get this set later this summer…

  23. Jeff, I think A Man Called Shenandoah looks quite good, but as far as WAC's previous MGM TV releases go, these definitely fall far short of the stellar treatment of Dr. Kildare, Eleventh Hour or The Lieutenant. I would think they compare favorably with The Rebel, and maybe somewhat lesser than The Loner, but pretty close in my opinion to both of those. Probably just shy of Sam Benedict too, if you have that one.

    I'm glad to have A Man Called Shenandoah complete, as I think it's quite a good series. The episodes are loaded with great guest stars, the episode following this one featured George Kennedy and Madeline Rhue!

  24. Well, I finished the series. Poor Shenandoah is still wandering out there in TV land searching for his identity.

    Real-life married couple John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan appear as bickering friends in the next-to-last episode, "Care of General Delivery." James Doohan turned up trying to pass himself off as the man Shenandoah was looking for, but our hero quickly caught him in a lie.

    Robert Horton in the later episodes started receiving a credit for writing the lyrics, either to the main theme song itself or to the tunes he sings at the end of each episode (not sure which).

    All in all, an enjoyable series. Lots of good guest stars made it so. There was at least one familiar face in virtually every episode, to this veteran classic TV watcher.

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