Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: September
August 21, 1967
/ Producer: Richard M. Bluel
September 1965 - August
1966, Tuesday 9:00-9:30 on ABC
September 1966 - August
1967, Thursday 8:00-8:30 on ABC
Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke.....
Bugler Hannibal Dobbs.....
The "stars" of this
military farce were the gallant incompetents of F Troop at Fort
Courage, somewhere west of the Missouri, in post-Civil War days. The
CO was the wide-eyed, bumbling Capt. Parmenter, who had been promoted from
private during the closing days of the war when he accidentally led a charge
in the wrong direction - toward the enemy. Unbeknownst to the captain,
Sgt. O'Rourke had already negotiated a secret - and highly profitable -
treaty with the Hekawi Indians, from whom he also had an exclusive franchise
to sell their souvenirs to tourists. There
was no peace treaty with the Shugs, however, and they sometimes caused trouble. Cpl.
Agarn was O'Rourke's chief aide and assistant schemer, and Wrangler Jane
the hard-riding, fast-shooting cowgirl who was out to marry Parmenter.
lot of colorful Indians and others passed through this series in special appearances,
including Roaring Chicken (Edward Everett Horton);
147-year-old Flaming Arrow (Phil Harris); Bald Eagle (Don Rickles); Wise Owl (Milton Berle),
an Indian detective; Sgt. Ramsden (Paul Lynde), a single mountie; and Wrongo
Starr (Henry Gibson), a jinxed cavalry trooper.