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Bronco
Also known as Cheyene: Bronco
and
The Cheyenne Show: Bronco
officially, only season 2 was called, Bronco.[1]
Genre western
Starring Ty Hardin
Theme music composer Mack David and
Jay Livingston
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 68
Production
Executive producer(s) William T. Orr
Producer(s) Arthur W. Silver
Sidney Biddel
Charles Hoffman
Location(s) California
Running time 60 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 1.33:1 monochrome
Audio format monaural
First shown in Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Original run September 23, 1958 – April 30, 1962
Chronology
Preceded by Cheyenne

Bronco is a Western series on ABC from 1958 through 1962. It was shown by the BBC in the United Kingdom. The program starred Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne, a former Confederate officer who wandered the Old West, meeting such well-known individuals as Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Theodore Roosevelt, Belle Starr, Cole Younger, and John Wesley Hardin, played by Scott Marlowe.

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Overview

Bronco was born when Warner Bros. executives and actor Clint Walker clashed over Walker's contract on the series Cheyenne. Walker had walked out on his show over such stringent clauses as a requirement that he kick back half of all personal appearance fees to Warner Bros., and that he only record for Warner music labels. When the two sides came to an impasse, the network hired newcomer Ty Hardin to play the new character of Bronco Layne, but kept the title of Cheyenne.

When Walker came back to his series, Bronco Layne was spun off into his own show. Bronco at first alternated with another Western series, Sugarfoot, featuring Will Hutchins. In 1960, the two began alternating with Cheyenne under the Cheyenne title. Sugarfoot was dropped in 1961, leaving only Bronco and Cheyenne to alternate. Other Warner Bros. westerns in production around this time included Maverick with James Garner, Jack Kelly, and Roger Moore, Colt .45 with Wayde Preston, and Lawman with John Russell; series characters occasionally crossed over into each others' shows.

Guest stars

  • Russ Conway appeared as Willis Turner, with Chris Alcaide as Brutus Traxel in the 1959 episode "The Silent Witness".
  • Francis De Sales as Lawrence Larson in the 1959 episode "Hero of the Town"
  • Gregg Palmer as Colton in the 1962 episode "Destinies West"
  • Judson Pratt as Marlow in "Manitoba Manhunt" (1961)
  • Gary Vinson appeared four times in different roles from 1958-1961: "Four Guns and a Prayer", "The Devil's Spawn" (as Bud Donner), "The Invaders" and "Cousin from Atlanta".

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