Upcoming Airings of Tombstone Territoryclose
About Tombstone Territory
(1957-1960, ABC and Syndicated)
Pat Conway stars as Sheriff Clay Hollister, lawman of the Old West’s most notorious town: Tombstone, Arizona. Stories are presented as “an actual account” from the pages of The Tombstone Epitaph newspaper, narrated by editor Harris Claibourne (Richard Eastham).
Hollister is clearly modeled on Wyatt Earp, who was already the lead character on another ABC series and thus unavailable to dramatize. (Earp’s friend Doc Holliday does appear, played by ubiquitous character actor Gerald Mohr). Hollister’s deputies include Quint (Quintin Sondergarrd) and Charlie (Gilman Rankin), with Claibourne often joining in on the action.
While neither Hollister nor Claibourne were actual figures, the producers strove for historical accuracy. Episodes were often inspired by real stories that appeared in the newspaper, with headlines or excerpts read by Claibourne as narrator. The contemporary editor of the Tombstone Epitaph – the oldest continually published newspaper in the United States – was a series consultant, as was historian D’Estelle Iszard.
Tombstone Territory was cancelled by ABC after two seasons, but continued production for an additional 40 episodes financed and distributed by independent producer Frederick W. Ziv (also known as the Father of Syndication). There was also a short-lived comic book spin-off from Dell Publishing in 1960.
Notable guest stars:
Leonard Nimoy, James Coburn, Angie Dickinson, William Conrad, Alan Hale Jr., Dyan Cannon, Jack Elam, Elisha Cook Jr, Ed Nelson, Warren Oates, Lee Van Cleef, Michael Landon, James Best, John Beradino, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Harry Carey Jr, Constance Ford, Denver Pyle, Dabbs Greer, James Hong, Regis Toomey, Willis Bouchey, Len Lesser, Pernell Roberts, Margaret Field
Produced by Frank Pittman and Andy White. Theme song “Whistle Me Up a Memory” by William M. Backer.