Alias Smith & Jones - Season One
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This was the first show Glen A. Larson (Magnum, P.I. , Knight Rider) created and produced. His copy of the Butch formula (and the some extent, the previous comedic TV western Maverick) worked well enough for the struggling ABC network to quickly order a second season (the show was especially a hit with the younger set). However, by the end of 1971, the tragic suicide of Duel made the show a dead end, despite the addition of Sally Field and instantly recasting Smith with Roger Davis (who supplied the show's opening narration up to that point). A flash in the pan (50 episodes) seen year later holds up well enough, and has been preserved to supply an excellent picture quality. --Doug Thomas
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The story revolves around Hannibal Heyes (Pete Duel) and Kid Curry (Ben Murphy)a pair of robbers who never killed anyone as they broke the law (although interestingly, Roger Davis who went on to play Hannibal Heyes played a villian that WAS killed by Curry)during the regular season. They're given an option to go straight by the governor (they see a handbill offering amnesty to criminals who haven't committed any murders)--if they can stay clean for an entire year. It'll be their secret until the 12 months (probably in case it fails) are up but that also means the guys are fair game for bounty hunters who may discover their identity. Trouble follows them wherever they go though and they end up performing one good deed after another hoping that they don't get caught in the gun of someone's crosshairs since the original wanted poster still says "Dead or Alive".
The first season set include the pilot movie plus the first 14 episodes of the show (the show was a mid-season replacement which is why it doesn't have a full season of 22-24 episodes). While clearly inspired by "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" the film achieves its own quirky tone by the first regular season episode. Duel and Murphy's charm and chemistry on camera is immediately evident.Read more ›
I spent so many years searching for this show to be broadcast somewhere, then nearly two years ago Encore Westerns began to run the series, and I thought that was the best there could be--I finally got to see all of the episodes (with the exception of the second season opener), many I hadn't seen for 30+ years! Now to have the first season out on commercially produced DVDs (with seasons 2 and 3 not far behind, I hope!) this is the very best! Please let there be outtakes, let there be interviews, let there be behind the scenes!
Thank you Universal! You have made many, many people very happy!
Sadly, this isn't a full season of 22-24 eps, though 15 seems enough I suppose. The transfer quality is pretty good for a show this old, the sound is standard fare, but they really did a nice job with the boxart and ONE sided discs. Gary A. Larsons commentary is generally helpful (when he speaks) and I find it a bit funny he says this is "one of his favorite shows" he has produced, I had to read between the lines but when I saw he was also the creator of Night Rider, I quickly realized he meant this IS his favorite but he was too polite to say:) C'mon, Alias Smith and Jones... or drek from the 80's like Night Rider? Gah.
As a side note; of course I am still generally shocked of Pete Duel's fate. I see his amazing smile, witness his relentless talent, and shake my head in disbelief.... how can it BE? R.I.P. Mr. Duel.
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I used to watch reruns of this show when I was young. Such silly, good, clean fun! I'm so happy to have found it on DVD. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Timetoride
This is a MUST HAVE for anyone that's a fan of the show. Even if you haven't seen the show before, it's a must have for the western show/movie fan.Published 15 months ago by Kathy Iverson
I was excited to find this. This is one of top favorite shows ever.Published 16 months ago by Carol Gibson
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I am anxious for Season 2, also. (A caution about buying those "complete series" selling for $70-$150: I stumbled across a couple of websites a few months ago where customers had posted their experiences with those companies. The short story is apparently all of those... Read More
Nov 13, 2007 by Aggie Lady | See all 3 posts
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Yes, interviews would be good. Especially from Ben Murphy, because he was there throughout the whole show. I'd love to hear is memories of working with Pete Duel.
If they had some old TV trailers of the show, or (this is a longshot) deleted scenes, that would be fabulous.
Feb 23, 2007 by skunktrain | See all 7 posts
|Now for Europe too, please!||
Why don't you get yourself a "multi-system" DVD player?
They are not very expensive.
Dec 14, 2007 by Dale L. Burrell | See all 3 posts
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