A Man Called Shenandoah ~ 1965-1966

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A Man Called Shenandoah ~ 1965-1966

Post by Tracy » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:19 am

“A Man Called Shenandoah” was an American western series that aired from 1965 to 1966.


The series, set in 1870, portrays an amnesiac facing hardship and danger. Shot and left for dead on the trail, the man is found and revived. He has no recollection of his past and, calling himself Shenandoah, roams the West in search of his identity. Shenandoah was one of three people who survived a fort's massacre. It is never explained how he survived.

Robert Horton, who had costarred on “Wagon Train” from 1957 to 1962, stars as Shenandoah.

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The doctor who treated his wounds gave him the name "Shenandoah," stating the word means "land of silence".

As the series progressed, it was revealed that Shenandoah had been a Union Army officer in the western theater of the Civil War. He was also an expert card player.

The ring Shenandoah (Robert Horton) wore belonged to his brother Walter, killed during the Civil War.

The show's theme song was the traditional American folk tune "Oh Shenandoah", with new, specialized lyrics written by Robert Horton himself. Horton, who had performed in musical theater, also sang the song.

The recording of the show’s theme became a Columbia single in 1965.

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Re: A Man Called Shenandoah ~ 1965-1966

Post by daisy60 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:14 am

I remember watching this a few times but not often. I loved the song, especially when it later was sung by my favorite cowboy, Joe Cartwright! :wink

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Re: A Man Called Shenandoah ~ 1965-1966

Post by Karol » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:50 am

Tracy, with all these old Western series you bring back memories of childhood and adolescence. :yes

I was very happy to see this series with Robert Horton. It ran in Germany in 1967 under the title "Der Mann ohne Namen" ( english: "The Man Without a Name"). Love the theme song very much! :thumbup
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Post by dougsgirl » Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:45 pm

Another good one Tracy. I liked the movie Shenandoah also.

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Re: A Man Called Shenandoah ~ 1965-1966

Post by Julianna » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:22 pm

I never saw this series. I find it interesting that he was a star of Wagon Train and quit the show and was given another starring role shortly after. I never read anything questioning his decision to leave Wagon Train. He certainly wasn’t hounded about it like Pernell was.

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Post by RedShirt » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:39 pm

I thought he left Wagon Train because of Ward Bond's passing - though the two often weren't friendly behind the scenes, the show moved from
NBC to ABC the year Horton left (and wasn't that the year it went from B&W to color, and from 60 minutes to 90 per episode, too?). He said he wanted to pursue singing and stage work (sound familiar?).
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Re: A Man Called Shenandoah ~ 1965-1966

Post by Julianna » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:25 am

RedShirt wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:39 pm
I thought he left Wagon Train because of Ward Bond's passing - though the two often weren't friendly behind the scenes, the show moved from
NBC to ABC the year Horton left (and wasn't that the year it went from B&W to color, and from 60 minutes to 90 per episode, too?). He said he wanted to pursue singing and stage work (sound familiar?).
Yes, it does. But he wasn’t persecuted for it the rest of his life. When I was a child I saw Robert Fuller Take his place and wondered what happened to him. The Wagon Train producers seemed much kinder to him.
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Re: A Man Called Shenandoah ~ 1965-1966

Post by RedShirt » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:27 pm

The first time I remember seeing him, he was on a float in a New Year's Day parade. He sang live, and there must've been more than a dozen stops for the singers to perform during that event. If I remember correctly, what he sang came from a stage show -- "Paint Your Wagon" maybe -- and the song was "They Call the Wind Maria."
He had a stunning voice.
But I'd still rather hear that song sung by Pernell Roberts.
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