1 9 5 8 – 1 9 5 9 (USA)
34 x 30 minute episodes
Former Confederate soldier Yancy Derringer (Jock Mahoney) was a stylishly-dressed bon vivant, cardshark and lady’s man in post-Civil War New Orleans, Louisiana.
In reality, he was actually working undercover as a special agent for John Colton (Kevin Hagen), the beleaguered civil administrator of the city, to prevent crimes and, if necessary, arrest the culprits.
Yancy was a smooth operator, dapper and suave, and he carried a tiny pistol in his fancy hat. His constant companion was Pahoo-Ka-Ta-Wah (X Brands), a silent Pawnee Indian who carried a massive shotgun, was a dab-hand with a knife and always watched Yancy’s back. In the Pawnee language, his name meant ‘Wolf who stands in water’.
Madame Francine (Frances Bergen) was the proprietor of Derringer’s favourite gambling house.
Other recurring characters included streetwise pickpocket Jody Barker (Richard Devon), scoundrel Toby Cook (Claude Akins), bayou siren Coco LaSalle (Beverly Garland) and mountaineer Colorado Charlie (Kelly Thordsen).
This Desilu production aired on CBS between 2 October 1958 and 24 September 1959. The series was created by Mary Loos and Richard Sale, who owned the show together with executive producers Warren Lewis and Don Sharpe.