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About A Man Called Shenandoah
Plenty of Westerns are about someone searching for someone else. A Man Called Shenandoah is about a man searching for himself.
Actor and singer Robert Horton stars as a former Union soldier stricken with amnesia after he’s shot. He’s saved by a doctor who dubs him “Shenandoah,” which means “land of silence.” Each week, he travels across that land, meeting people who may remember him. Those people are often female, and they frequently end up in our handsome hero’s arms. But, at the end of each 30-minute episode, Shenandoah is off to the next town to reclaim his lost life.
How much you enjoy A Man Called Shenandoah depends largely on how you feel about Horton, since there’s no supporting cast. In that sense, the series is like an anthology, with new stories and characters each week. There’s also a continuing mythology, as Shenandoah pieces together clues about his identity.
Horton was also an accomplished Broadway singer who gave a royal command performance for Queen Elizabeth II in 1960. Coincidentally, the song he sang was “Oh Shenandoah.” Horton would go to on to rewrite the traditional ballad’s lyrics for the TV show’s theme song and record the vocal.
“So roam in search of home,” Horton sings. “Across this land so lonely.”
Notable guest stars: Leonard Nimoy, Harry Dean Stanton, George Kennedy, Warren Oates, James Doohan, John Ireland, John Dehner, Bruce Dern, Claude Akins, Edward Asner, Lloyd Bochner, Jeanne Cooper, Beverly Garland, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Nina Foch, Pat Hingle, Frank Gorshin, James Gregory, DeForest Kelley, Robert Loggia, Juliet Mills.
Created by E. Jack Neuman