The Info List - The Alaskans

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Barry Ingster Harry Tatelman Charles Trapnell Oren W. Haglund (Production manager) Gordon Bau (make-up)

Location(s) California

Editor(s) David Wages Robert B. Warwick

Running time 60 minutes

Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television


Original network ABC

Picture format 1.33:1 monochrome

Audio format monoaural

Original release October 4, 1959 (1959-10-04) – June 19, 1960 (1960-06-19)


Related shows Appears to have shared scripts but not characters or settings with: Maverick Bronco Cheyenne Sugarfoot

The Alaskans
The Alaskans
was a 1959–1960 ABC/ Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers
western television series set during the late 1890s in the port of Skagway, Alaska. The show features Roger Moore
Roger Moore
as "Silky Harris" and Jeff York
Jeff York
as "Reno McKee", a pair of adventurers intent on swindling travelers bound for the Yukon Territories
Yukon Territories
during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush.[4] Their plans are inevitably complicated by the presence of singer "Rocky Shaw" (Dorothy Provine), "an entertainer with a taste for the finer things in life".[5] The show was the first regular work on American television for the British actor Roger Moore.


1 Relationship with Maverick 2 Roger Moore's views 3 Cast 4 Guest stars 5 References 6 External links

Relationship with Maverick[edit] The Alaskans
The Alaskans
is closely related to the ABC/WB series Maverick through broadcast and production. Maverick was the most prominent of ABC's Sunday night of western dramas. For the 1959–60 season, Sundays began with Colt .45 and Maverick, then John Russell's Lawman and Nick Adams' The Rebel, and concluded with The Alaskans.[6] This may have influenced the career path of Roger Moore. The same year that The Alaskans
The Alaskans
was canceled, James Garner
James Garner
left Maverick. Moore became, under protest,[7] Garner's replacement, playing Bret Maverick's cousin Beau Maverick in the fourth season of Maverick. Maverick and The Alaskans
The Alaskans
were also related through script, if not narrative. The two shows were not part of the same fictional world, as evidenced by a lack of crossovers between the two. Because of the 1960 Writers Guild of America strike as well as an ongoing Warner Bros. policy to save money on writers, however, The Alaskans
The Alaskans
inherited a certain amount of scripted material from Maverick. Moore bristled at the lack of originality in scripts: "An old Bronco script would interchange with an Alaskans or Maverick. In some cases, even the dialogue stayed unchanged."[7] In 2007, Moore noted, "Quite often I realized that we were filming Maverick scripts, with the names changed."[8] This made it simple for Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
to envision Moore as Maverick, since Moore had literally delivered Garner's dialogue while reshooting the same scripts with different names and locales. Since the show has not been available to home audiences for more than forty years, independent verification of either claim is difficult. However, The Alaskans
The Alaskans
may have drawn from other series as well. One viewer has detailed which specific Maverick, Sugarfoot
and Cheyenne episodes spawned clones on The Alaskans. Cannibalizing scripts was standard operating procedure at Warner Bros. television. Their first big hit in the detective genre, 77 Sunset Strip, was copied in analogous series such as Bourbon Street Beat, Surfside Six, and Hawaiian Eye, with only the locations changed – Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to New Orleans, Miami Beach, and Hawaii. The basic characters were identical with only the character parts which spoke in jargon being re-written e.g. horse racing tout to jazz slang. This pre-dated the troubles with the Writers Guild. [9] Roger Moore's views[edit] For Roger Moore, the series is memorable for being "my most appalling television series ever". In particular, he found that attempting to recreate Alaskan exteriors on a studio backlot in California
made for disagreeably hot work days.[10] The show also caused some marital strife for the actor when he had to admit to wife Dorothy Squires
Dorothy Squires
that he had fallen in love with co-star Dorothy Provine.[7] Cast[edit]

Roger Moore
Roger Moore
as Silky Harris Dorothy Provine
Dorothy Provine
as Rocky Shaw Jeff York
Jeff York
as Reno McKee Ray Danton
Ray Danton
as Nifty Cronin John Dehner
John Dehner
in two episodes each as Cornish and Soapy Smith

Guest stars[edit]

Julie Adams Claude Akins Don Beddoe Jacqueline Beer Steve Brodie Walter Burke Frank Cady Robert Colbert Tris Coffin Jerome Cowan John Dehner Frank DeKova Troy Donahue Don Dubbins Frank Ferguson Arthur Franz Leo Gordon Alan Hale, Jr. Myron Healey John Hoyt I. Stanford Jolley Allyn Joslyn Andrea King Werner Klemperer Ruta Lee Diane McBain Robert McQueeney Mort Mills

Gerald Mohr Simon Oakland Joan O'Brien Jerry Paris Emory Parnell Lee Patterson Larry Pennell Louis Quinn Gilman Rankin Rex Reason Mike Road Madlyn Rhue Bing Russell Walter Sande Dick Sargent Pippa Scott Fay Spain Karen Steele Warren Stevens Harold J. Stone Ray Teal Lee Van Cleef Gary Vinson Richard Webb James Westerfield Peter Whitney Marie Windsor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.


^ Roger Moore's official site ^ Classic TV Themes entry for The Alaskans ^ Classic TV Archive entry on The Alaskans ^ Episode World's synopsis of The Alaskans ^ The Alaskans
The Alaskans
at TVDays.com ^ The Rebel at tvobscurities.com ^ a b c http://www.roger-moore.com/roger-moore-charity13.htm Moore, Roger and Ken Roche. "The Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Story". TV Times Extra. Independent Publications, Ltd. 1972. ^ Moore answer to a June 2007 question on his official website ^ WBTV Posse forum thread, giving parent episodes on other programs and their children on The Alaskans. Free registration required to view. ^ http://www.roger-moore.com/roger-moore-charity12.htm Moore, Roger and Ken Roche. "The Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Story". TV Times Extra. Independent Publications, Ltd. 1972.

External links[edit]

The Alaskans
The Alaskans
on IMDb The Alaskans
The Alaskans
at TV.com

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William T. Orr television shows

September 1955

Warner Bros. Presents

Kings Row Cheyenne Casablanca

September 1956


September–October 1957

Sugarfoot Maverick Colt .45

September–October 1958

Bronco Lawman 77 Sunset Strip

October 1959

The Alaskans Bourbon Street Beat Hawaiian Eye

October 1960

Surfside 6 The Bugs Bunny Show The Roaring 20's

January–October 1962

Room for One More The Gallant Men

January 1963

The Dakotas

September 1963

Temple Houston

September 1964

No Time for Sergeants Wendy and Me

September 1965

F Troop H