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Black Saddle
Genre Western/Drama
Created by Hal Hudson
John McGreevey
Written by Antony Ellis
George Fass
Gertrude Fass
John Falvo
Richard Fielder
Frederick Louis Fox
Hal Hudson
Jack Jacobs
Stuart Jerome
Paul Kelly
Paul King
Ken Kolb
Richard Levinson
Robert Libott
William Link
John McGreevey
Don Mullally
Rod Peterson
Joseph Stone
John Tucker Battle
Directed by Frank Baur
William F. Claxton
John English
William D. Faralla
Robert Florey
Roger Kay
Francis D. Lyon
Gerd Oswald
David Lowell Rich
Boris Sagal
James Sheldon
Elliott Silvertstein
Starring Peter Breck
Russell Johnson
J. Pat O'Malley
Walter Burke
Theme music composer Jerry Goldsmith
Arthur Morton
Composer(s) Michael Hennagin
Arthur Morton
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44
Executive producer(s) Hal Hudson
Producer(s) Antony Ellis
Hal Hudson
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run January 10, 1959 – May 6, 1960

Black Saddle is an American Western series that ran for forty-four episodes on NBC from January 10, 1959 to May 6, 1960. The series was produced by Dick Powell's Four Star Television, and the original pilot was an episode of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, with Chris Alcaide playing Culhane.

For syndicated reruns, it was combined with three other short-lived Western series from the same company, Law of the Plainsman starring Michael Ansara, Johnny Ringo starring Don Durant, and the critically acclaimed creation of Sam Peckinpah, The Westerner starring Brian Keith, under the umbrella title, The Westerners, with new hosting sequences by Keenan Wynn.


The series starred Peter Breck as Clay Culhane, a former gunfighter who turned into a lawyer after his brothers were killed in a shootout. Breck appeared in all episodes along with Russell Johnson and Anna-Lisa in the roles of Marshal Gib Scott and Nora Travers, respectively. Popular character actor J. Pat O'Malley appeared in eight episodes of Black Saddle in the role of Judge Caleb Marsh. Walter Burke, another character actor, appeared five times in the role of Tim Potter.

Among guest stars on the program were Charles Aidman, Chris Alcaide, John Anderson, Parley Baer, Raymond Bailey, Paul Burke, Dennis Cross, John Dehner, Frank Dekova, Dabbs Greer, Clu Gulager, Robert Harland, Patrick McVey, Ed Nelson, Bing Russell, Richard Rust, Robert F. Simon, and Quintin Sondergaard.

Black Saddle aired at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays after another Four Star Production, The Detectives starring Robert Taylor. Its competition on CBS was the interview program Person to Person created by Edward R. Murrow. NBC aired the 45-minute Gillette Cavalcade of Sports in the same time slot.

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