JOHNNY RINGO starring Don Durant

Johnny Ringo was a Western television series starring Don Durant that aired from October 1, 1959, until June 30, 1960. It was loosely based on the life of the notorious gunfighter Johnny Ringo, who tangled with Wyatt Earp, John "Doc" Holliday, and "Buckskin" Franklin Leslie.

This fictional account had Ringo putting aside his gunfighting ways to become the sheriff of a small town. He had a deputy named Cully, played by Mark Goddard, and a girlfriend, Laura Thomas, portrayed by Karen Sharpe.

The program was an early creation of Aaron Spelling for Four Star Television. Spelling created Johnny Ringo at the specific request of Dick Powell as a role for Durant. It was filmed at CBS Studio Center.

Johnny Ringo scored good ratings in its Thursday competition with ABC's The Real McCoys with Walter Brennan. It sometimes reached into the Top Twenty. The program was dropped at the request of its sponsor, Johnson Wax Company, which wanted a sitcom, rather than a western. At the time there were thirty Western series on the networks.

It is unfortunate that as late as the early 60?s sponsors controlled programming. Rather then just run commercials within the core of TV shows as is done today back then a sponsor actually owned the show and as a result a lot of great series bit the dust not because of low ratings but because of sponsor disinterest. The quality of this set is outstanding. Between an 8 and a 9.

BLACK HARVEST
THE DERELICT
JUDGEMENT DAY
MAN ALONE
SINGLE DEBT
CULLY
THE STRANGER
THE POSSE
THE HUNTERS
SHOOT THE MOON
KILLER CHOOSE A CARD
REPUTATION FOR MURDER
CAVE IN
LOBO LAWMAN
A KILLING FOR CULLY
GHOST COACH
THE ACCUSED
THE RAIN MAN
POSTER INCIDENT
SOFT CARGO
FOUR CAME QUIETLY
BORDERTOWN
THE CAT
KID AND A GUN
DEAD WAIT
BOUND BOY
THE LIARS
DIE TWICE
LOVE AFFAIR
EAST IS EAST
UNCERTAIN VENGEANCE
THE GUNSLINGER
THE VINDICATOR
THE KILLING BUG

JOHNNY RINGO starring Don Durant
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