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The Chisholms

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(CBS, 3/29/1979 to 4/19/1979, 4 Parts, 6 hours). The sprawling four-part frontier saga, based on Evan Hunter’s 1976 novel, of a close-knit pioneer family’s hazardous trek from their home in Virginia to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and ultimately California. The subsequent brief series (January-March 1980) “killed off” Robert Preston in the opening segment.

Production Company Alan Landsburg Productions. Director Mel Stuart. Executive Producers Alan Landsburg, David Dortort. Producer Paul Freeman. Teleplay Evan Hunter. Created by David Dortort. Based on the Novel by Evan Hunter. Photography Jacques R. Marquette. Music Elmer Bernstein. From Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, and Rodeo Aaron Copland. Editors Art Stafford, Corky Ehlers. Art Director Fred Price.

Cast Robert Preston (Hadley Chisholm), Rosemary Harris (Minerva Chisholm), Ben Murphy (Will Chisholm), Brian Kerwin (Gideon Chisholm), Jimmy Van Patten (Beau Chisholm), Stacey Nelkin (Bonnie Sue Chisholm), Susan Swift (Annabel Chisholm), Charles Frank (Lester Hackett), Glynnis O’Connor (Elizabeth Chisholm), Sandra Griego (Kewedinok), David Hayward (Timothy Oates), Anthony Zerbe (Jimmy Jackson), Brian Keith (Andrew Blake), Doug Kershaw (Fiddler Ephraim), Tom Taylor (Harlow Cooper), Gavin Troster (Brian Cassidy), James O’Reilly (Luke Cassidy), Dean Hill (Jeremy Stokes), David Allen (Squire Bailey), Dennis Kennedy (Benjamin Lowery), James Harrell (Doc Simpson), Maureen SteindIer (Millie Bain), Jerry Hardin (Jonah Comyns), Katie Handley (Sarah Comyns), Charles L. Campbell (Judge Wilson), Joe ‘Running Fox’ Garcia (Howahkan), Christopher Allport (Franz Schwarzenbacher), Peg Small (Mrs. Hackett), Mike Genovese (Bartender), Tenaya Torres (Youngest daughter), Geno Silva (Ferocious Storm), Ron Godines (Otaktay), Billy Drago (Teetontah), Don Shanks (Enapay), Jack Wallace (Ambrose Miller), Roger Frazier (Major Duggan), Richard Jamison (Captain Kelsey).

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