TV Westerns: Cheyenne & F-Troop in June - Artwork added
Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Cheyenne: The Complete First Season and F-Troop: The Complete First Season for 6th June 2006 priced at $39.98 SRP each. Consumers will have a chance to revisit some of television’s most unforgettable westerns, both dramatic and comedic, with these summer DVD releases.
The program that defined the television western, Cheyenne originally aired on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The series follows the adventures of Cheyenne Bodie (Clint Walker), who after the Civil War, roamed the west fighting ruthless outlaws and deadly gunslingers. A former army scout, he drifted from job to job – one day a cowboy, one day a lawman – but always remained a larger-than-life hero. The five-disc collector’s set includes all 15 episodes of the first season along with a newly produced featurette, The Lonely Gunfighter: The Legacy of Cheyenne. This bonus feature, narrated by Clint Walker, details the background of the series and is supplemented by interviews with classic western television stars.
While Cheyenne set the standard for many traditional, dramatic television cowboy series, F-Troop, on the other hand, was a slapstick comedy that was the first to spoof the classic TV western. The show, which originally aired on ABC from 1965 to 1967, follows a crew of hilarious cavalrymen at Fort Courage. After accidentally leading a cavalry charge into victory, Private Wilton Parmenter (Ken Berry) becomes a hero and is given command of the fort. He and his group of men bumble through fighting their enemies and working with the local Hekawi Indians to sell items to tourists. In addition to Ken Berry, F-Troop: The Complete First Season also stars Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Melody Patterson, Frank DeKova, Don Diamond, James Hampton, Bob Steele, Joe Brooks, John Mitchum, and Edward Everett Horton. The six-disc collector’s set includes all 34 episodes of the first season.