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Beginning & Ending Narrations (Voice-overs)

THE WESTERN SERIES

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THE ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOK/SYN/1951-58

Andy Divine: "WILD...BILL...HICKOK!!!" 
Narrator:  "Starring Guy Madison as Wild Bill Hickok"
Andy Divine:  "Hey, Wild Bill...wait for me!"
Narrator:  "And Andy Divine as his pal, Jingles"

THE ALASKANS/ABC/1959-63
[Narrator] "THE ALASKANS...starring Roger Moore...Dorothy Provine...Jeff York. THE ALASKANS...produced by Warner Brothers."

ALIAS SMITH & JONES/ABC/1971-73

[The program opened with Ben Murphy as Kid Curry and Peter Deuel as Hannibal Heyes escaping from a posse] 

Narrator:  Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, the two most successful outlaws in the history of the west. And in all the trains and   banks they robbed, they never shot anyone. This made our two Kansas cousins very popular with everyone but the railroads and the banks.
Kid Curry: [Posse in hot pursuit] There's one thing we've  got to get, Heyes.
Hannibal Heyes:   What's that?"
Kid Curry:  Out of this business!
Governor's Assistant: The Governor can't come flat out and give you amnesty now. First you've got to prove you deserve it.
 Hannibal Heyes:  So all we've got to do is stay out of trouble until the Governor figures we deserve amnesty?
    Kid Curry:  But in the meantime we'll still be wanted?
Governor's Assistant:  Well that's true. Til then only you, me and the Governor will know about it. It'll be our secret.
 Hannibal Heyes:  Hah, that's a good deal?
Kid Curry: [Escaping from a posse] I sure wish the governor would let more people in on our secret.

[Announcer Ralph Story narrated  the second season]. 

ANNIE OAKLEY/SYN/1952-56
[Narrator] "Bull's-eye! ANNIE OAKLEY hits the entertainment bull's-eye every week with her hard riding...straight shooting...and suspense.

BRANDED/NBC/1965-66

(Theme Song Lyrics)

All but one man died.
There at Bitter Creek.
And they say he ran away.

Branded, scorned as the one who ran.
What do you do when you're branded, and you know you're a man.

Wherever you go, for the rest of your life
You must prove, you're a man.

Full song

All but one man died,
There at Bitter Creek,
And they say he ran away ...

Branded!
Marked with a coward's shame.
What do you do when you're branded,
Will you fight for your name?

He was innocent,
Not a charge was true,
But the world will never know ...

Branded!
Scorned as the one who ran.
What do you do when you're branded,
And you know you're a man?


And wherever you go
for the rest of your life
You must prove ...
You're a man!

CHRISTY/CBS/1994-95
[Voice of Kellie Martin as Christy Huddleston] "The Great Smokies. When I left my city home to be a school teacher in a backwoods mission, I dreamed of adventure. I wasn't ready for the real challenges of life in these mountains. I'd have given up...if not for the children. I came to Cutter Gap to teach, but they show me everyday that I am here to learn." [Based on characters from the novel Christy written by Catherine Marshall]

THE CISCO KID/SYN/1950-56
[Narrator] "Here's Adventure!...Here's Romance!...Here's O. Henry's famous Robin Hood of the Old West, THE CISCO KID."

CUSTER/ABC/1967
[Narrator] "At twenty-four he had been the youngest general in the Civil War. Within five years he had been reduced in rank and sent West to be forgotten. But he was not the kind of man to let the world forget. His name...George Armstrong Custer."

DEAD MAN'S GUN/SHO/1997-99
[Voice of Kris Kristofferson] "The American west. A gun touched by evil passed from hand to hand...changing the lives of all who possessed it. Its origin unknown. Its dark legend grew until it came to be known as THE DEAD MAN'S GUN."

DEATH VALLEY DAYS/SYN/1952-75
[Voice of Stanley Andrews] (The sound of a bugle playing fades followed by) "Howdy Folks, I am the Old Ranger with a new and exciting yarn. True, mind you, about the historic Death Valley country."

[Announcer] "As the early morning bugle call of covered wagon trains fade away among the echoes, another true DEATH VALLEY DAYS is presented by the famous Borax family of products-20 Mule Team Borax and Boraxo. Well, old Ranger, what's your story about?"

[Alternate opening] "Stories of the Old West, stories of hardship and adventure, of dreams and courage; stories of the American pioneer are all a part of our past, our heritage."

[Alternate Opening - Bugle blares] "DEATH VALLEY DAYS where western history comes alive. True stores of the old west with your host Dale Robertson."

FRONTIER/NBC/1955-56
[Voice of Walter McCoy] "This is the West. This is the land of beginning again. This is the story of men and women facing the frontier. This is the way it happened..." [Program Closing] "It happened that way...moving west."

THE GENE AUTRY SHOW/CBS/1950-56
[Voice of Gene Autry] "Hello folks! Say, I've got a swell story I want to tell you today. Champion and I are ready for action...[followed by an orchestra playing "Back in the Saddle"]

THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT/ABC/1967-69
[Voice of Walter Brennan] "We searched for a man named James Sonnett and the legends folks tell may be true. Most call him gunman and killer. He's my son whom I hardly knew. I raised Jim's boy from the cradle 'till the day he said to me I have to go find my father. And I reckoned that's how it should be. So we ride, Jim's boy and me."

GUNSMOKE/CBS/1955-75

[Voice of John Wayne on the first TV episode
aired September 10, 1955
]

John Wayne:

"Good evening. My name's Wayne. Some of you may have seen me before. I hope so-I've been kickin' around Hollywood for a long time. I've made a lot of pictures out here, all kinds. Some of 'em have been Westerns, and that's what I'm here to tell you about tonight-a Western. A new television show called GUNSMOKE. When I first heard about the show GUNSMOKE, I knew there was only one man to play in it-James Arness. He's a young fella, and maybe new to some of you, but I've worked with him, and I predict he'll be a big star. And now I'm proud to present GUNSMOKE."

 [On early episodes James Arness as Matt Dillon narrated this short sermon from Boot Hill outside of Dodge City:] 

Marshall Dillon:

"On Saturday night in Dodge City, too many men think they'll find courage at the bottom of a whiskey bottle. I know, because I'm the United State Marshal Matt Dillon."

TRIVIA NOTE: This western began on radio. Roy Rowan, George Walsh and for a while George Fenneman narrated the opening "Around Dodge City and the territory out west there's just one way to handle all the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a US Marshal and the power of...GUNSMOKE." The radio role of Matt Dillon was played by William Conrad who announced at the start of the show "I'm that man...Matt Dillon, US Marshal. The first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It's a chancy job, but it makes a man watchful...a little lonely."

KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75
[Voice of Philip Ahn as Master Kan] (scenes of stick fighting, martial training, spear tossing) "Your tread must be light and sure, as though your path were upon rice paper. It is said, a Shaolin priest can walk through walls. Looked for...he can not be seen. Listened for...he can not be heard. Touched...can not be felt. This rice paper is the test. Fragile as the wings of the dragon fly, clinging as the cocoon of the silk worm. When you can walk its length and leave no trace. You will have learned."

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