The Rogues
The Rogues cast 1964.JPG
Cast of the program for its 1964 premiere (Charles Boyer, Gig Young, David Niven, Robert Coote, and Gladys Cooper)
Created byIvan Goff
Ben Roberts
StarringDavid Niven
Charles Boyer
Gig Young
Opening theme"The Rogues", by Nelson Riddle
ComposersNelson Riddle
Joseph Mullendore
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes30
Production
Executive producerThomas J. McDermott
ProducerCollier Young
Running time50 mins
Production companyFour Star-GIYO
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1964 (1964-09-13) –
April 18, 1965 (1965-04-18)
Charles Boyer and Elsa Martinelli
Charles Boyer and Elsa Martinelli

The Rogues is an American television series that appeared on NBC from September 13, 1964, to April 18, 1965, starring David Niven, Charles Boyer, and Gig Young as a related trio of former conmen who could, for the right price, be persuaded to trick a very wealthy and heinously unscrupulous mark. Although it won the 1964 Golden Globe award for Best Television Series, the show was cancelled after one season consisting of thirty episodes.

Production

Niven and Boyer were two of the co-owners of Four Star Television, which produced the show.

Although sometimes appearing together, the three lead actors tended to rotate appearances as their schedules permitted. This resulted in Young helming more episodes because the other two were engaged on other projects; Boyer and Niven were still major film stars (Niven had received an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958).

Larry Hagman, who portrayed "J.R. Ewing" in the television series Dallas two decades later, was brought aboard for the last two episodes to help fill in for Young, who had been the lead in most of the episodes. The only episode in which Niven and Boyer had more or less equal roles was "Bless You, G. Carter Huntington," which also featured Young in a substantial capacity. Niven briefly appears in a number of episodes (often toward the beginning of the show), but took the lead in only three out of the series' thirty episodes because of his film schedule. Many of his scenes later in the series were shot in other locations, especially later in the series.

Additional continuity was provided by the presences of Gladys Cooper as Auntie Margaret St. Clair and Robert Coote as Timmy St. Clair, appearing in their supporting roles in most episodes.

Guest stars included Eddie Albert, Tol Avery, Broderick Crawford, John Dehner, Sally Kellerman, Ida Lupino (also a member of Four Star Television though not an owner), Elsa Martinelli, Walter Matthau, Darren McGavin, Dina Merrill, George Sanders, Telly Savalas, Gia Scala, Everett Sloane, Raquel Welch and Marie Windsor.

Four Star President David Charnay announced a feature film revival to star David Niven and Charles Boyer, scheduled for 1968, but nothing came of it. In 1989, Blake Edwards optioned the series for a revival, but ABC passed on the unproduced pilot script in 1990.

Repeats of the series were aired on Me-TV during 2011-2012 and again in September 2014, and on Decades in March 2015. Commencing in 2018, the show was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Talking Pictures TV.

Cast

Episodes

No. Title Starring Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Personal Touch"Niven, YoungHy AverbackIvan Goff & Ben RobertsSeptember 13, 1964 (1964-09-13)
2"The Day They Gave the Diamonds Away"Boyer, Young, NivenRichard KinonStory by : Barney Slater
Teleplay by : Barney Slater & Stephen Kandel
September 20, 1964 (1964-09-20)
3"The Stefanini Dowry"Young, BoyerHy AverbackMarion HargroveSeptember 27, 1964 (1964-09-27)
4"Viva Diaz!"Niven, Boyer, YoungRobert Ellis MillerStephen KandelOctober 4, 1964 (1964-10-04)
5"House of Cards"Young, NivenRichard KinonRobin EstridgeOctober 11, 1964 (1964-10-11)
6"Death of a Fleming"Boyer, Niven, YoungRobert Ellis MillerLorenzo Semple Jr.October 25, 1964 (1964-10-25)
7"The Project Man"YoungRobert Ellis MillerEllis St. JosephNovember 1, 1964 (1964-11-01)
8"Two of a Kind"BoyerRobert Ellis MillerLeonard KantorNovember 8, 1964 (1964-11-08)
9"Take Me to Paris"Young, BoyerLewis AllenStory by : Alan Caillou
Teleplay by : Alan Caillou & Stephen Kandel
November 15, 1964 (1964-11-15)
10"Fringe Benefits"Niven, BoyerHy AverbackRobert BucknerNovember 22, 1964 (1964-11-22)
11"Plavonia, Hail and Farewell"Young, Boyer, NivenRobert Ellis MillerStory by : Robert A. Cinader
Teleplay by : Carey Wilber
November 29, 1964 (1964-11-29)
12"The Boston Money Party"Young, BoyerRobert Ellis MillerRichard Levinson & William LinkDecember 6, 1964 (1964-12-06)
13"The Computer Goes West"BoyerWilliam A. GrahamWells Root & Ron BishopDecember 13, 1964 (1964-12-13)
14"Hugger-Mugger, by the Sea"Young, Boyer, NivenIda LupinoStory by : Stephen Lord
Teleplay by : Stephen Lord & Stephen Kandel
December 20, 1964 (1964-12-20)
15"The Real Russian Caviar"Boyer, YoungJohn NewlandStory by : Stuart Jerome
Teleplay by : Stuart Jerome & Stephen Kandel
December 27, 1964 (1964-12-27)
16"Money is for Burning"YoungLewis AllenWarren DuffJanuary 3, 1965 (1965-01-03)
17"Gambit by the Golden Gate"Boyer, Young, NivenHy AverbackJon BootheJanuary 10, 1965 (1965-01-10)
18"Bless You, G. Carter Huntington"Niven, Boyer, YoungHy AverbackWarren DuffJanuary 17, 1965 (1965-01-17)
19"The Golden Ocean"Young, BoyerLewis AllenStephen Kandel & Francis CockrellJanuary 24, 1965 (1965-01-24)
20"The Diamond-Studded Pie"Young, BoyerLewis AllenCharles HoffmanJanuary 31, 1965 (1965-01-31)
21"Bow to a Master"Young, BoyerIda LupinoStory by : William Bast
Teleplay by : William Bast & Stephen Kandel
February 7, 1965 (1965-02-07)
22"Run for the Money"YoungLewis AllenStory by : Robert Buckner
Teleplay by : Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts and Stephen Kandel
February 14, 1965 (1965-02-14)
23"The Laughing Lady of Luxor"BoyerRichard KinonStory by : Ellis St. Joseph
Teleplay by : Ron Bishop & Stephen Kandel & Wells Root
February 21, 1965 (1965-02-21)
24"The Bartered MacBride"YoungLewis AllenRoger H. Lewis & Stephen KandelFebruary 28, 1965 (1965-02-28)
25"The Pigeons of Paris"BoyerDon TaylorStory by : Walter Black
Teleplay by : Walter Black & Tony Barrett
March 7, 1965 (1965-03-07)
26"Our Men in Marawat"BoyerRichard KinonSamuel A. PeeplesMarch 14, 1965 (1965-03-14)
27"Wherefore Art Thou, Harold?"Young, BoyerLewis AllenStory by : Richard DeRoy
Teleplay by : Richard DeRoy & Stephen Kandel
March 21, 1965 (1965-03-21)
28"Grave Doubts"Young, Boyer, NivenTheodore J. FlickerEdmund H. NorthMarch 28, 1965 (1965-03-28)
29"Mr. White's Christmas"Boyer, HagmanDon TaylorWarren DuffApril 4, 1965 (1965-04-04)
30"A Daring Step Backward"Boyer, Niven, HagmanLewis AllenTom Waldman and Frank Waldman & Stephen KandelApril 18, 1965 (1965-04-18)

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Recipient
1965 Winner Golden Globe Award Best TV Show
1965 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and Performers Robert Coote
1965 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and Performers Gladys Cooper