Yancy Derringer - The Complete Series. All 34 Episodes!
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The owner of a riverboat named the Sultana and a family plantation, The Waverly, Derringer is a Southern aristocrat seemingly devoted to gambling, but in reality he is a secret agent authorized to help maintain law and order and justice in the city by any means that may become necessary. His constant companion is Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah, X Brands, a fierce Pawnee Indian who communicates with Yancy only by hand gestures, and appears ready at a moment's notice to use the shotgun that he always carries. Yancys weapons of choice are a Sharps four-barrel Derringer carried in his hat, another in his vest and a rapier in his cane. As Yancy and Pahoo make their way through the gambling casinos, riverboats and picturesque streets of New Orleans, they cross paths with rogues, aristocrats, sinners and saints, always ready to thwart crime and help the helpless!
The beautiful Madame Francine, Frances Bergen, is the proprietor of the Sazarac, a famous New Orleans private gambling house and is Yancys love interest in the series.
Guest stars include Charles Bronson, Claude Akins, Lisa Lu, Lee Van Cleef, John Vivyan, Beverly Garland, Julie Adams, Robert McCord, Louise Fletcher, Woody Chambliss and Margaret Field.
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I was awestruck by the clever concealment of Yancy's weapon of choice...the derringer. There was one up his fancy white sleeve, one up his white britches leg and who would have thought of hiding one in his white pillbox crown gambler's hat. The latter was immensely valuable since every western hero could count on being surprised at least once from behind and knocked senseless by the villain's six-gun. Not Yancy, the derringer always "cushioned" the blow from above. At least that made sense when I was 11.
And that Pahoo! Took no prisoners. He had this long knife in a scabbard over his shoulder. In a fraction of a second, he could send it down range and have it buried to the hilt before nemesis Jack Elam could focus with his good eye. And if, by chance, 15 inches of steel buried in your chest wasn't enough, Pahoo always kept the sawed-off shotgun under his serape-looking-thing and could pump out more ground meat than McDonald's .
I always tried to mimic the hand signals Pahoo would use, since he never talked. Yancy could carry on a conversation with Pahoo and Pahoo would always respond with one or two hand signals. Needless to say, conversations were short, as were the gunfights. After all, they were derringers , you know.
There were favorite episodes, like the one where some outlaw dared to dress like Yancy and rob banks. He had this Pahoo lookalike too.Read more ›
The quality of the episodes vary. These are not the same quality as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Rawhide releases -- remixed for DVD. The video quality varies from episodes to episode. Some are quite clear but others look like the versions you might see syndicated on local TV, with scratches, blank spots, etc.
The audio quality is acceptable but only just.
There are no opening credits -- only a night scene with Yancy walking down a New Orleans street with the series title. The well-remembered "Yancy Derringer" theme is missing -- replaced by a nondescript instrumental which sounds much like the theme for "The Rifleman." I believe Timeless Media Group opted to produce this series on the cheap -- and did not pay royalties for the original TV score. That makes the viewing of these episodes less than ideal. I am reminded of those Public Domain episodes of Bonanza which have the famous music stripped out of the programming and replaced by bland, "cheap" sounding Western-ish background music.
The end credits appear to be those of the original broadcast version -- including a credit for the "Yancy Derringer" theme which Timeless Media has stripped from the programming.
I haven't watched all 34 episodes yet, but those I have seen hold up well considering their half-century age. Yancy Derringer was a 30-minute, adult Western: one among many broadcast during the late 50s. What made it unusual was the setting: New Orleans in the years right after the Civil War.Read more ›
Jock Mahoney leaves the Range Rider far behind and strides in ruffles and brocades
with his sawed-off shotgun weilding Pawnee guard standing their ground in post Civil War New Orleans.
I never thought I'd see the TV series Yancy Derringer, with Jock and X Brands on DVD on prints
looking as spiffy as Yancy in his ruffled shirts and brocades.
I never thought every episode with Pahoo Ka Ta Wah (Pawnee for Wolf Who Stands In Water)
firing his double-barreled shotgun and blowing bodies,
Sam Peckinpah style,
up off the floor and slamming into walls or hurtling over tables released in a Complete Series set,
chronologically in order on disc, with all the unusual amount of continuity of the series intact.
And yes I know there are some who believe Pahoo's name is with a "Ke" rather than a "Ka",
and may be right,
but almost every source written about the character has it the other way.
Every episode from the series is in this set, UNCUT, and with the exception of
The Gun That Murdered Lincoln in the sharpest prints I have ever seen on this
The themesong with the lyrics aren't on these prints. It's the only downside, and I
write about this at length in the longer interview. "They say that Yancy Derringer
had ruffles at his wrists, brocades and silver buckles, and iron in his fists."
You can read the complete review for Yancy and Pahoo on COMICS BULLETIN,
about here, and even see photos of both in action, and even at least
one photo of Jock as the Range Rider.
Look forward to your reactions.
Hopefully visitors there who have never heard of the series will come here
or to Timeless and check it out, and maybe help sell the DVD set!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Husband is very happy with this Father's Day gift. Big fan of Yancy Derringer TV shows and is very happy to have the complete set.Published 1 month ago by AFS
I am very glad this set was produced. While not all of the episodes were able to be perfectly remastered, they are as enjoyable as when I watched them when they first were... Read morePublished 4 months ago by andi