Temple Houston 1963-1964

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Temple Houston 1963-1964

Post by Tracy » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:18 pm

“Temple Houston” was an NBC television series that ran from 1963–1964.

The theme for the series, which I could not find to share here, was a version of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."

"Temple Houston" was considered "the first attempt to produce an hour-long western series with an attorney for a main character".

Jeffrey Hunter starred as Temple Lea Houston, a character based loosely on the career of the real-life circuit-riding lawyer Temple Lea Houston (1860–1905), son of the more famous Sam Houston.

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Jack Elam co-starred as George Taggart.(shown here with Jeffrey Hunter)

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Frank Ferguson co-starred as Judge Gurney

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Starring as Concho was Chubby Johnson.

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And rounding out the cast was Mary Wickes as Ida Goff.

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TRIVIA:

The show was the only program which Jack Webb sold to a network during his ten months as the head of production at Warner Bros. Television

The series wasn’t cohesive. The producers often cast the characters and situations in both an overtly-humorous and a deadly-serious light.

Later episodes turned Houston into more of a detective than a lawyer. Over the course of the series, the bulk of the narrative sees Houston actually gathering evidence, rather than trying cases.

In the end, the series largely eschewed criminal law in favor of overtly humorous plots.

The producers claimed to have tried to avoid any storylines that would embarrass the two surviving children of Temple Houston who were still living when the series aired.

A book has been written, Jeffrey Hunter and Temple Houston: A Story of Network Television by Glenn A. Mosley.



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Re: Temple Houston 1963-1964

Post by daisy60 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:03 am

I don't recall watching the show but there were sure a lot of Bonanza co-stars on here! :thumbup

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Re: Temple Houston 1963-1964

Post by Adamant » Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:56 am

I don't remember this show. I do know that Hunter had a controlling wife who was determined that he become a "Movie star" and she was the reason he finally turned down staying with Star Trek. He was in the initial pilot as Captain Pike (with Susan Oliver) and although TPTB thought it was a bit too "cerebral", his wife rejected the role. If he was married at the time of Temple Huston, I would imagine the Missus hated this and it's degradation of plots.

I had to look it up. Hunter was married to Joan Bartlett from 1957-67, same wife. And I knew he died young -- only 42. Very sad.
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Re: Temple Houston 1963-1964

Post by dougsgirl » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:13 pm

This is a new one for me too. Where DO, you find all this wonderful fines?

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Re: Temple Houston 1963-1964

Post by Tracy » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:22 pm

dougsgirl wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:13 pm
This is a new one for me too. Where DO, you find all this wonderful fines?
I keep finding them on uploaded Roku stations!
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