The Rebel

If you like the westerns we’re currently discussing, you may have liked other western TV shows. So why don’t we discuss them here! Post about western conventions (non Bonanza), the shows, the actors and anything you want to discuss.

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The Rebel

Post by pegasus » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:52 pm

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I always enjoyed "The Rebel", which premiered in 1959. The only regular on that show was Johnny Yuma, played by Nick Adams. The show lasted for 36 episodes.
Image Image Image The show was intended to appeal to teenagers, and although Johnny Yuma was a "reb" in the Civil War, the character he portrayed was a rebel: ABC actually referred to the character as a "a Reconstruction beatnik". (Trivia: Nick Adams was in the hit movie, "Rebel Without a Cause". Rebel movies were big in that era!)

Johnny Yuma was an ex-Confederate soldier, who wandered alone around the west (mostly Texas), trying to find inner peace after the war. He carried a double-barrel sawed-off shotgun and fought bad guys and helped folks in need. He simmered and brooded a lot while doing this, and always had a journal with him. He wrote down everything in that journal. :yes

There were some great guest stars. Our own Dan Blocker played Del Pierce in the very first episode in 1959, in which Robert Vaughn also appeared. Several other actors who appeared on Bonanza (Jack Elam, Ellen Corby, James Best, Claude Akins, Warren Oates....) were guest stars in subsequent "Rebel" episodes.

Johnny Cash had a hit single singing "The Rebel" theme song:


Johnny Yuma was a rebel
He roamed through the West
Did Johnny Yuma, the rebel
He wandered alone

He got fighting mad this rebel lad
He packed no star as he wandered far
Where the only law was a hook and a draw
The rebel, Johnny Yuma

He searched the land this restless land
He was panther quick and leather tough
If he figured that he'd been pushed enough
The rebel, Johnny Yuma


More Trivia: Nick Adams died in 1968, at age 36, from an overdose of drugs. No prescription bottle was found, and no needle mark could be found on him. It's still considered a mystery, and officially it was listed as "accidental suicide."

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Post by Dori » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:55 pm

I have been watching The Rebel on Metv. So sad that he died so young.

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Post by Tracy » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:48 pm

I watch The Rebel every day on MeTV!

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Post by ponderosagirl » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:36 am

I watched The Rebel when I was a little girl. I enjoyed Nick Adams and the way he portrayed Johnny Yuma. His death has always been a mystery and I often wonder.

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Post by october » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:56 am

Never saw The Rebel - interesting to read about it - thanks Peg. There is another Bonanza connection with Jack Chaplin Image thanks Gillie for cap

He was discovered by the actor Nick Adams as a James Dean wannabee and signed by Nick to play in his 1960's series The Rebel. Jack worked steadily through the early part of the 1960's appearing in Bonanza twice - the second time Five Sundowns to Sunup (1965) as Harry Lassiter

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Post by pegasus » Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:15 am

Thanks, October! I forgot about Jack Chaplin. He does resemble James Dean, doesn't he!

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Post by peej » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:47 pm

Now I can't stop singing the theme song!

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Re: The Rebel

Post by pegasus » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:23 pm

I've been singing it for TWO DAYS now! It's startin' to drive me crazy! I'm gonna try and switch to "It's a Small World". :yes

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