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Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater – western TV show.Created by Luke Short and Charles A. Wallace, Zane Grey Theatre was originally based on the short stories and novels of Western author Zane Grey, but as the episodes continued, new material was included.
Aaron Spelling wrote 20 Zane Grey episodes. The series opened each week with a prelude of the episode followed by the introduction by Dick Powell. Dick Powell appeared in many of the episodes as various characters and hosted the entire run of the western series. Zane Grey Theatre debuted at 8:30 Eastern on Friday, October 5, 1956, and ran until the end of the 1960-1961 season. Dick Powell was also an artist!
Zane Grey Theatre western TV series has five episodes that were developed into other western series – Trackdown (from “Badge of Honor”) starring Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. Johnny Ringo (from “Man Alone”), starring Don Durant, both on CBS, The Rifleman (from “The Sharpshooter”) with Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain on ABC, The Westerner on NBC (from “Trouble at Tres Cruces”), starring Brian Keith as Dave Blassingame, and Black Saddle (from “Threat of Violence”) with Chris Alcaide instead of subsequent series star Peter Breck as the gunfighter-turned-lawyer Clay Culhane) on ABC. THEN Wanted Dead or Alive with Steve McQueen as Josh Randall is a CBS spinoff of Trackdown and Law of the Plainsman starring Michael Ansara as a Native American U.S. Marshal is an NBC spin-off of The Rifleman. Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater – western TV show has 149 half hour episodes.
Muletown Gold Strike is an episode westerns has from time to time.
Zane Grey Theatre Until the Man Dies with John Payne, Carolyn Jones also Stuart Whitman, Steve Darrell, Dick Rich, Stuart Randall, Gregg Barton, James Seay, Richard Newton.