The Tall Man 1960-1962

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The Tall Man 1960-1962

Post by Tracy » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:27 pm

“The Tall Man” was a half-hour American western television series about Sheriff Pat Garrett and the gunfighter Billy the Kid.

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It aired seventy-five episodes on NBC from 1960 to 1962.



This light-hearted series focuses on the duo’s (supposedly) happier days, when they had more of a father-and-son relationship.

“The Tall Man” stared Barry Sullivan as Sheriff Pat Garrett. Garrett (born 1850 in Alabama) was an actual lawman who served as sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico beginning in 1880.

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Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty in New York City) was played by handsome Clu Gulager, who was 32 at the time the series was filmed – eleven years older than the real Billy The Kid was at the time of his death at the age of just 21. The real Kid was an outlaw who began his career at age 16.

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Marianna Hill was cast in several episodes as one of Billy's girlfriends, Rita.

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TRIVIA:

Set in and about Lincoln, New Mexico, the series opens with a view of the extremely long shadow cast by Sullivan on a western street, hence the name "the tall man".

The highly fictionalized series provides a more humane image of Billy the Kid. In real life, Sheriff Garrett eventually killed Billy in a night-time ambush at a farmhouse in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.




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Re: The Tall Man 1960-1962

Post by dougsgirl » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:36 pm

This sounds interesting. Thanks again for you many great finds, Tracy.

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Re: The Tall Man 1960-1962

Post by daisy60 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:39 am

This looks a bit familiar. I may have seen an episode or two when it was on. With Marianna Hill it would be really interesting. :yes

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Re: The Tall Man 1960-1962

Post by Adamant » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:43 am

My family watched this (basically, we watched what my parents watched.) I was just a kid but I adored Clu Gulager -- loved the way he talked! I had no concept of sex appeal but now that I'm older, he certainly had it. My parents watched it because they liked Barry Sullivan.
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