Cimarron City
George Montgomery as Matthew Rockford, with guest star Fred MacMurray, in
"I, the People" (1958)
GenreWestern
Written byNorman Jolley
Richard Morgan
Tom Seller
Directed byRichard Bartlett
Abner Biberman
John Meredyth Lucas
StarringGeorge Montgomery
John Smith
Audrey Totter
Dan Blocker
Theme music composerFrederick Herbert
Stanley Wilson
ComposerPaul Dunlap
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
ProducersRichard Bartlett
Norman Jolley
CinematographyJack MacKenzie
William A. Sickner
John F. Warren
EditorLee Huntington
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesMont Productions
Revue Studios
DistributorMCA TV
(1963-1964)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
(2004-2011)
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonoaural
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1958 (1958-09-27) –
April 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)

Cimarron City is an American one-hour Western television series, starring George Montgomery as Matt Rockford and John Smith as Lane Temple, that aired on NBC from 1958 to 1959. Cimarron City is a boomtown in Logan County, Oklahoma, north of Oklahoma City. Rich in oil and gold, Cimarron City aspires to become the capital of the future state of Oklahoma, to be created in 1907.

Synopsis

Matthew Rockford is the son of an area cattle rancher, who is the founder and mayor of Cimarron City. Lane Temple, the blacksmith, serves also as the deputy sheriff. He maintains the law amid the crooked schemes concocted in Cimarron City.

Audrey Totter played Beth Purcell, the owner of the boarding house. The episodes were supposed to rotate equally among Montgomery, Smith, and Totter. The writers, however, did not give Totter enough stories as promised, and she left the series. Cimarron City also featured Dan Blocker (before Bonanza) in two roles. In the second episode, Blocker plays outlaw Carl Budinger, who is killed. In the fourth episode, he reappears as Carl's good-hearted brother, Tiny Budinger, who becomes one of Rockford's ranch hands.

Cast

Guest stars

Production notes

The series was filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California.

Cimarron City was placed opposite two more successful half-hour Western programs on the rival CBS network, Richard Boone's Have Gun, Will Travel and James Arness' Gunsmoke.

Episode list

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "I, The People" October 11, 1958
1-2 "Terror Town" October 18, 1958
1-3 "To Become a Man" October 29, 1958
1-4 "Twelve Guns" November 1, 1958
1-5 "The Medicine Man" November 8, 1958
1-6 "Hired Hand" November 15, 1958
1-7 "Kid On a Calico Horse" November 22, 1958
1-8 "The Beast of Cimarron" November 29, 1958
1-9 "A Respectable Girl" December 6, 1958
1-10 "The Bloodline" December 13, 1958
1-11 "Cimarron Holiday" December 20, 1958
1-12 "McGowan's Debt" December 27, 1958
1-13 "The Bitter Lesson" January 3, 1959
1-14 "A Legacy of Ossie Harper" January 10, 1959
1-15 "Child Of Fear" January 17, 1959
1-16 "Burn the Town Down" January 24, 1959
1-17 "Runaway Train" January 31, 1959
1-18 "The Beauty and The Sorrow" February 7, 1959
1-19 "Return of the Dead" February 14, 1959
1-20 "Blind Is the Killer" February 21, 1959
1-21 "The Unaccepted" February 28, 1959
1-22 "The Ratman" March 7, 1959
1-23 "Have Sword, Will Duel" March 14, 1959
1-24 "Chinese Invasion" March 21, 1959
1-25 "The Town Is A Prisoner" March 26, 1959
1-26 "The Evil One" April 4, 1959

Home media

On March 6, 2012, Timeless Media Group released Cimarron City: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[1]

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