Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
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A Wrangler's Last Ride 

A former cowhand now prefers to paint the life of the cowboy, which he feels is vanishing. While visiting his childhood home he must decide if using violence to protect that way of life in the face of inevitable progress is justified.

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Jack Shea
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Charles Russell / Himself - Host
Don Megowan ... Buck
Susan Brown ... Nancy Cooper
Russ Bender ... Hoffman
Rusty Lane ... Pa Roberts
Louise Lewis Louise Lewis ... Ma Roberts
Stevenson Phillips Stevenson Phillips ... Hank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wendell Baker Wendell Baker ... Cowhand
Jay Erwin Jay Erwin ... Sodbuster #1
Travis Johnson Travis Johnson ... Sodbuster #2
Denver Pyle ... Milligan
Michael Ross ... Maguire
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A former cowhand now prefers to paint the life of the cowboy, which he feels is vanishing. While visiting his childhood home he must decide if using violence to protect that way of life in the face of inevitable progress is justified.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A cowboy with a talent for art
8 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although the 57 year old Robert Taylor looked a bit out of place playing the famous western artist Charles Marion Russell who was 31 at the time of 1895 when this story takes place, he still turned in a fine performance as a cowboy with a talent for art.

This story has Russell finally quitting the business of being a cowboy and trying to make a living at what he considered an avocation. But like all cowboys he resents the homesteaders coming in and taking up the grazing land with their farms. There's some trouble brewing in Cascade where he and his parents reside and Taylor has to make some decisions about what he wants to do. In particular among the cowboys there's Don Megowan who's just itching for a fight with just about anyone.

In this episode Taylor also meets Susan Brown playing the woman who eventually becomes Mrs. Russell. Taylor's best work in his last decade was in westerns and being host of Death Valley Days suited him perfectly.

And his occasional appearances in the stories were a treat.


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