17 Episodes Two Double-Sided Discs!Many of the beloved characters from everyone's favorite television show Gilligan's Island return in the hilarious western sitcom Dusty's Trail. A stage and a wagon heading west get seper... more »ated from the rest of the wagon train thanks to Dusty (Bob Denver). With Dusty as their guide the wagon train wanders all over the place and they must try to make their way to California.Episodes:"Horse of Another Color""Treasure of C. Harry Motley""Duel for Daphne""Love Mean...Bananas""Then There Were Seven""Half Moon""Here Come The Grooms""Magician""Androcles and the Bear""My Fair Callahan""Brookhaven U.S.A.""Wizard of Ooze""Phony Express""Nothing to Crow About""Witch's Trail""The Cavalry is Coming""John J. Callahan"System Requirements:Running Time: 425 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS UPC: 787364578092« less
"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."
GILLIGAN'S ISLAND IN THE WILD WEST
Tim Janson | Michigan | 10/11/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Ummm...for this to be labled as a "classic TV" show may be a bit of a stretch. Now I'm operating on memory here as this show goes back some 30 years or so to the mid 1970's.
Basically the show is Gilligan's Island in the west. Except rather than being marooned on an Island, it's the story of a carriage lost in the west journeying from town to town.
Bob Denver reprises his Gilligan role, this time as Dusty one of the inept carriage drivers who constantly bungles everything. Forrest Tucker basically plays the Alan Hale Jr. role as the other driver and boss who is always yelling and blaming Gilligan...err...Dusty for everything.
The passengers of the wagon match..almost exactly those found on Gilligan with the rich person, the starlet, the country girl, etc...
I mean I guess for the price it's not a bad deal but you really...REALLY have to be a huge fan I would say..."
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John D. Page | usa | 03/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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"
A little more realistic than Gilligan's Island
Ned | USA | 04/02/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Dusty's Trail the Almost Complete First (and only) Season
Auburn Niewiadomski | Anacortes, Washington | 07/18/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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. (I doubt it)
Horse of Another Color - Airdate: 9/25/1973 - Dusty catches a wild horse and tries to tame it, but then the horse's owner shows up with a marshal, ready to hang him as a horse thief.
Treasure of C. Harry Motley - Airdate: 10/2/1973 - Dusty's discovery of a treasure map brings out everyone's greed.
Duel for Daphne - Airdate: 10/9/1973 - Dusty and an Indian headdress cause a misunderstanding that leads Mr. Brookhaven to challenge Callahan to a duel over Mrs. Brookhaven's affections.
Love Means Not Having to Say Your Bananas - Airdate: 10/16/1973 - A gorilla that has escaped from a traveling circus invades the camp and captures Betsy.
Then There Were Seven - Airdate: 10/23/1973 - Andy and Betsy are tricked into giving medical aid to a wounded outlaw, which results in the entire group being held hostage while they try to surgically remove a bullet.
Half Moon - Airdate: 11/13/1973 - Seeing Dusty's birthmark, an Indian chief thinks Dusty is his long-lost son and kidnaps him to resume life with the Indians.
Here Come the Brides, There Goes the Grooms - Airdate: 11/20/1973 - Two hillbillies kidnap Dusty and Callahan to become husbands for their ugly sisters in a double-barreled shotgun wedding.
Magician - Airdate: 12/4/1973 - The group encounters a traveling magician who keeps them amused with his tricks while his assistant steals all their valuables.
Androcles and the Bear - Airdate: 12/11/1973 - A grizzly bear follows Dusty back to camp after he pulls a thorn from its foot, but the others drive it away, right into the path of some hunters.
My Fair Callahan - Airdate: 12/18/1973 - When they rescue a young woman of high social standing who was lost on the trail, Callahan falls in love with her and tries to transform himself into a gentleman.
Brookhaven U.S.A. - Airdate: 12/25/1973 - When Dusty and the gang stumble upon an apparent ghost town, Mr. Brookhaven decides to rename it and turn it into a real town again.
Wizard of Ooze - Airdate: 1/8/1974 - Dusty learns that the wagon train is parked on a volcano, but on the way to warn the others hits his head and gets amnesia.
Phony of Express - Airdate: 1/15/1974 - Dusty finds a wounded soldier who claims he is a courier who must get an important pouch to a nearby fort, but was attacked by outlaws.
Nothing to Crow About - Airdate: 1/22/1974 - With a terrible storm approaching, the travelers try to find the map to a hidden canyon where they'll be safe, but it has gone missing, as have several other valuable items around camp.
Witch's Trail - Airdate: 2/12/1974 - Dusty and Callahan find a girl on the trail and bring her back to camp, but when strange things start to happen they think she must be a witch.
The Cavalry is Coming - Airdate: 2/19/1974 - A Cavalry officer arrives, claiming that Andy is a deserter who stole an army payroll.
John J. Callahan - Airdate: 2/26/1974 - Callahan will win $500 in a boxing match if he can last 5 minutes against the Champ. But the Champ has kidnapped Mrs. Brookhaven.
If you're desperate for a show exactly like Gilligan's Island, but already own Gilligan' Island I recommend it, for everyone else in the world...no. "