Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Deputy - Starring Henry Fonda|
Actors: Henry Fonda, LeeVan Cleef, Robert Redford, James Coburn
Genres: Westerns, Television
Genre: Television: Series Rating: NR Release Date: 14-OCT-2008 Media Type: DVD
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Harry Brewer | S'port, La. | 11/18/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"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. As other reviewers have mentioned two of the episodes are in such bad shape that there is a disclaimer at the beginning of those particular episodes. The rest are watchable but there are a lot of problems in the film.
There are some good guest stars in these episodes, the biggest one is Robert Redford though he was still several years away from star status. There's also James Coburn who already had a name but had yet to achieve star status. There are Edgar Buchanan, Alan Hale, Jr. (Skipper from Gilligan's Island), Elisha Cook, Jr. & Whitney Blake.
This set is overpriced but, fortunately, I got it through another seller through Amazon & it was considerably less. The product info lists that this set is 414 minutes; I have no clue where that figure comes from. The episodes put together are approximately 300 minutes; there aren't any bonus features, even if you throw in the logos & show opening you still don't get close to 414 minutes. Unless you're a big fan of The Deputy my recommendation is that you should pass on this set."
THE DEPUTY, AN EXCELLENT, UNDERRATED TV SHOW...
Phillip Logan | New Castle, DE, U.S.A. | 10/04/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Not as good as I remember...
C. Scott Harrison | 01/06/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"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!!!"
THE DEPUTY 12 episodes
G. Caddy G. Caddy | 11/23/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Some of the episodes are ok but 2 of them are virtually unviewable. I have always been pleased with the quality of material put out by TIMELESS but this is far below there standards. They claim these are the best prints they could find of the episodes but I cannot believe this as there collectors out there with 16mm copies of lots of things. I accept that due to the age of the material imperfections are expected but this collection is one of the worst I have come across. Get back to the good work you do TIMELESS and lets have no more like this!"