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Dusty's Trail - The Almost Complete First (And Only) Season (1973)

Bob Denver , Forrest Tucker , Bruce Bilson , Earl Bellamy  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Denver, Forrest Tucker, Ivor Francis, Jeannine Riley, Lori Saunders
  • Directors: Bruce Bilson, Earl Bellamy, Jack Arnold, John Florea, Leslie H. Martinson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Brentwood Home Video (distributed by BCI/Eclipse)
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 425 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062IZEK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dusty's Trail - The Almost Complete First (And Only) Season" on IMDb

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Bob Denver, Forrest Tucker. When one of the wagons from a wagon train heading west to California gets separated from the rest of the train, Dusty (Denver) takes control and becomes the guide with the most hilarious and unproductive results. 17 episodes on 2 DVDs. 1973-74/color/7 hrs., 5 min./NR.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
as everyone has said this is a short lived series by the same people who gave us gilligan's island, and it's the same show just out west.i think they even used some of the same scripts,they used the same extras , and the laugh track is even the same i think.

now to be fair, i'm a father of two boys and my wife and i try to keep them from most of the shows on tv at this time,so we use dvd's of our favorate old shows as things they can watch. they have loved gilligan's island and i remember this show from when it came out in the 70's.

it's not as good and is even by gilligan standerds silly, but it has a so bad it's good charm and the late bob denver did have a natural charm and apeal on the tube.for the skipper role of wagon master f-troop star and underrated actor forrest tucker was cast and he was very good i think in this very silly role. the others, a rich man and his wife, a saloon girl ,a school teacher i think she was , and a very smart farmer make up the rest of a wagon train that is lost from the rest of the party and wanders thru the west looking for california.

like i said the stories are very much like gilligan's and so this is not a show for everyone, and classic by no means,but it is slap stick and corn and my young sons will set with me and we all laugh at the silly stories. that makes it one i own and enjoy very much.

like i said , not everyone is going to like it and it is very much a come down from gilligan's island,but my boys and i like it and we have family movie and popcorn night with this and other old shows on friday night. an added bonus is that i don't have to worry about bad words or other non kid friendly things poping up and can leave the room for a second and not worry, so that gets this low-brow series 4 stars and a thank you from this parent
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic? no. Brilliant? No way! Fun? Kinda. October 9, 2005
Dusty's Trail is a sitcom where Bob Denver plays a simple-minded, accident prone sidekick to the leader of a group of desperate people. The leader refers to Denver as his "little pal" (gee, that sounds familiar). The people they are leading consists of a cross section of American society; a rich man and his wife, a well educated professional, an entertainer and a simple country girl (I swear, I've heard this before). They have many wacky adventures. In one episode, one of the women is carried off by an escaped gorilla. In another episode, they are threatened by a soon-to-erupt volcano (I know I've heard this somewhere before, I just can't place it).

Okay, let's be frank, "Dusty's Trail" is painfully derivative, and never aspires for a minute to be anything but low-grade slapstick silliness. Even so, it's not that bad. The two leads are Bob Denver and Forrest Tucker, two very well established comic actors. Tucker plays a dedicated straight man, unlike the Skipper from -that other sitcom- who shared a "Laurel and Hardy" relationship with Denver. The rest of the cast ranges from "quite enjoyable" to "competently managing the role they were handed." The plots are ridiculous, but pleasant brain candy and simple enough for kids to appreciate.

Despite what it says on the DVD cover, "Dusty's trail" is not classic TV. Frankly, it's not even above average. Still, if you have some pocket change to blow, and you are curious what Bob Denver was doing in the early 70's, you might give this largely forgotten series a try. This set would be especially good as a companion piece to that other Bob Denver series, you know the one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little more realistic than Gilligan's Island April 2, 2005
By Ned
is Dusty's Trail. Situations here are slightly more believable. The non-Bob Denver actors are all about as good as the GI cast (though Ivor Francis as rich Mr. Brookhaven is a little inferior to Jim Backus as Mr. Howell). This is one of Denver's better post-GI efforts as he shines very well as Dusty. I just bought this on DVD having seen four DT series eps strung together on VHS minus the laugh track (which was put back on this DVD version). I love DT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so October 7, 2013
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I was a huge Gilligan's Island fan growing up so when I came across Dusty's Trail I just had to check it out. It basically IS Gilligan's Island but with a different cast and mainly filmed in a studio. The humor is poor at best and obviously a laugh track is used because I found nothing particularly funny while viewing it. No wonder it was canceled after only 17 episodes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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You can tell by the title of this DVD set this is one of the lamest sitcoms ever. And I agree completely, but somehow I just don't hate it. The acting (besides Bob Denver's) is pretty bad, the chemistry between Bob Denver and Alan Hale's was way better...WAY better than Bob Denver and Forrest Tucker's, and last but not least it's a pitiful knockoff of Gilligan's Island. So it's no surprise this show was canceled after its first season. Each character is like a replica of the Gilligan's Island characters, I just had to shake my head when Ginger uh...I mean "Lulu" would use her charms on Gilligan...darn..."Dusty" to get what she needed. And that's not the only similarities to Gilligan's Island, there's an educated man, two millionaires, and a farmer's daughter. Sherwood Schwartz (the creator of Gilligan's Island) obviously lost his creativity; in fact it would have been better to make a new Gilligan's Island show. Who cares if the cast aged, it would still be better. Alright, alright, I know it sounds like I hate this show but I really don't, it still makes me laugh and Dusty's Trail does have its little moments.

This DVD has seventeen episodes of the twenty-six episodes from season one. There's no way to buy the other nine episodes in their original form, but you can get four of the episodes in a "movie" called the Wackiest Wagon Train in the West. It includes four episodes edited together and it is an hour and a half movie. Now back to this DVD release, the episodes are blurry and grainy and the sound is muffled, so it's obviously these episodes did not get any treatment. There are two double sided discs, but unfortunately no episode descriptions. I'll list the episode descriptions for the episodes on this set below just in case you want to know.
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