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The Deputy: 1959-1961

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Henry Fonda, Read Morgan, Phil Tully. Silver City needs a lawman who's willing to do whatever it takes to keep the peace-and they found such a man in Chief Marshall Simon Fry. A forgotten treasure of frontier law with notable guest stars including James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef, Robert Redford and more! 12 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1959-61/b&w/5 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, LeeVan Cleef, Robert Redford, James Coburn
  • Directors: N, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D11A4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,199 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By William Sutton on October 14, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I agree with the previous review about the quality of the show itself, and will keep the set. But I think details of this set have changed in cdnow/amazon since it was first announced. Earlier description, I think, made it sound like this was a complete series, though I can't prove that. A mere 12 episodes for $30+ is not satisfactory. I will follow up on descriptions more closely now, and THIS IS THE LAST PRODUCT I WILL EVER BUY FROM TIMELESS MEDIA.
Now that I have started watching the set I must add I should have rated it Zero Stars and I wish I had returned the product without taking the wrapper off. I don't know how NBC-Universal ever allowed their name to be associated with this. Adding insult to injury, the quality is so-so on most episodes, even with Timeless' claim to be using the best available source material and state-of-the-art processing. Two of the paltry 12 episodes have disclaimers apologizing for the poor quality! The episodes 'Man of Peace' and 'Hidden Motives' both have the warning and the first is so dark and blurry it's hard to watch. Also, the episodes run no more than 23-24 minutes each so they are probably edited versions. That makes for a total of 288 minutes, not approx. 418 as claimed. Timeless has some hard to find series on dvd, but if you want to see them I suggest subscribing to Netflix. That way you are not stuck with such lousy products.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Harry Brewer on November 18, 2008
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The Deputy was a 30 minute television western that was on NBC for two seasons in the late fifties. Henry Fonda was billed as the star of the series which was a major coup because he was still a major star of the silver screen. The truth is that he was rarely the central character. The title of the show was The Deputy which means it focused more on Allen Case's character, Clay McCord. Simon Fry was a U.S. Marshall that relied on McCord to fill as a peace officer when the need arose.

There are twelve episodes on three discs with more episodes coming from the second season. There are a few differences in cast between the two seasons. The first season had an aging town Marshall, Herk Lemson (Wallace Ford) & Clay's sister, Fran (Betty Lou Keim). In the first season Clay owned a general store & that was how he made a living. He was assisted in running it by his sister. In one episode his store is burned down & he's left without his main source of income. The second season finds him taking over as the town Marshall of Silver City, gone is his sister & the aging Lemson. Also added to the cast was the character of Sarge (Read Morgan) who helped McCord in his duties.

As to Henry Fonda, I don't know how or why he got roped into doing this series. It's reminiscent of his movie, The Tin Star, yet there are some differences. In the vast majority of episodes Simon Fry would appear for two or three minutes at the beginning of the show & then the same thing at the end of each show. In these twelve episodes only once is Simon Fry the main focus. So for Fonda this had to be an easy gig.

As to the quality of these episodes, buyer beware. They haven't been remastered & the quality of the video is only so-so.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Logan on October 3, 2008
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THE DEPUTY is an excellent TV Western, at least 4 Stars for the show itself. About 3 for the DVD set because I understand there's only 12 episodes on it. Any 12 are worth having, tho, so I'm going to buy it and hope for more later. I've heard Henry Fonda was miserable doing it but his work, as a supporting actor, doesn't suffer. Allen Case as the deputy Clay McCord was perfect casting. The rest of the regulars are solid too and the guest stars include a number of big names to be. Well worthwhile.

An update. I just finished watching the twelve THE DEPUTY episodes. I enjoyed them but most are not the best shows. I especially had hoped to get a copy of the one where the deputy broke the unbreakable moral code and purposely killed a man by purposely shooting him in the back, but it wasn't one of them. Also, the inclusion of the two episodes with VERY poor picture quality is inexplicable. Several years ago one of the cable stations played THE DEPUTY and plenty of good quality episodes exists.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Scott Harrison on January 6, 2009
Format: DVD
Sadly, I must agree with the majority of reviewers. This series does not translate well. It lacks focus in its directing, tension in its writing and the picture quality is rather poor. Too bad, as it is from 1959. Fonda must have indeed needed the money and it was, as was written, "an easy gig" for him. Nice performance by Allen Case, who sadly never did much more on screen, but did have his moments on(off?) Broadway and unfortunately died in his fifties of a heart-attack. And Robert Redford has a nice guest spot in one episode, but still it is not worth the asking price. Incidentally, I bought my set for $19.99 from a local retailer. So $31.99 is definitely out of line!
How about a set of Bat Masterson?! And this time re-master it!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bennie R. Grimes on January 28, 2009
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You'd think a western tv series starring Henry Fonda would have to be good right? WRONG! Very disappointing. And who's bright idea was it to give a western series a jazz soundtrack. What a mess.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas N. Palfrey on February 24, 2009
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This set from Timeless Media is pretty poor...of the first 3 episodes, an apology for poor quality precedes 2...as well there are only 12 total episodes...pretty rich at over $30...too bad NBC Universal chose to put their name on this...I expect better from that brand...I would be cautious of Timeless Media products in the future...bottom line, you've really got to love The Deputy for this to be worthwhile...unfortuately for me, I do...
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