1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 3 (USA)
1 x 90 minute episode
49 x 52 minute episodes
Hannibal “Joshua Smith” Heyes (a safe cracker and card sharp), and Kid “Thaddeus Jones” Curry (a gunslinger who never actually shot anyone) are two loveable ex-outlaws trying to go straight.
The Governor has promised them a pardon for their past crimes if they can stay out of trouble for one year. Unfortunately the deal is a secret and there is still a bounty on their heads so trouble usually finds them.
For three television seasons Heyes and Curry were chased across the American West by posses, bounty hunters, and fellow outlaws looking to settle a score.
Despite their earnest attempt to lead honest lives, circumstances would often dictate that they fall back on the tools of their former trade to get themselves out of trouble.
On 31 December 1971, 31-year-old Pete Duel mortally shot himself in the head after watching the show on TV, leaving his role to be speedily recast.
Roger Davis was the narrator heard in the opening credits of the series until Peter Duel’s death. He then took the role of Heyes and someone else took over the role of narrator.
Hannibal Heyes/Joshua Smith
Pete Duel (1)
Roger Davis (2)
Kid Curry/Thaddeus Jones