Fury (TV Series 1955–1960)

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Fury (TV Series 1955–1960)

A horse and the boy who loved him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
USA
IMDb  7.4 /10
Creators
Creator Ray Nazarro
Creator Sidney Salkow
Creator Robert B. Bailey
Creator Ray Berwick
Information
Release Date1955-10-15
Runtime30mins
GenreFamily, Western
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyTelevision Programs of America (TPA), Incorporated Television Company (ITC)
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Jim Newton / ... 116 episodes, 1955-1960
Pete / ... 116 episodes, 1955-1960
Joey Newton / ... 116 episodes, 1955-1960
Highland Dale
Highland Dale
Fury 81 episodes, 1955-1960

Fury (TV series)

Fury (retitled Brave Stallion in syndicated reruns) is an American western television series that aired on NBC from 1955 to 1960. It stars Peter Graves as Jim Newton, who operates the Broken Wheel Ranch in California; Bobby Diamond as Jim's adopted son, Joey Clark Newton, and William Fawcett as ranch hand Pete Wilkey. Roger Mobley co-starred in the two final seasons as Homer "Packy" Lambert, a friend of Joey's.

The frequent introduction to the show depicts the beloved stallion running inside the corral and approaching the camera as the announcer reads: "FURY!...The story of a horse...and a boy who loves him." Fury is the first American series to be produced originally by Television Programs of America and later by the British-based company ITC Entertainment.

Outdoor footage for the series was filmed primarily on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif., throughout the five-season run of the series, with some of the earliest footage for the series shot on the Garner Ranch in Idyllwild, Calif. One episode, "Packy, the Lion Tamer," which premiered on Jan. 2, 1960, included footage shot at Jungleland USA in Thousand Oaks, California, and occasional footage appearing during the series was shot at Corriganville Movie Ranch near Simi Valley, California.


Synopsis

The story begins with two young boys fighting on the street. As Joey Clark, the winner of the exchange, walks away, the loser attempts to throw something at him, but the object goes through a nearby window. The store owner quickly pins the blame on Joey, who has been labeled a troublemaker from past incidents. Rancher Jim Newton witnesses the incident and follows along as Joey is taken before the judge to clear the boy's name. After learning that Joey is an orphan, Newton takes him home to his Broken Wheel Ranch and begins adoption procedures.

A typical plot involved a guest star who falls into mischief, was rebellious or disorderly, and got into trouble but is subsequently rescued by Fury. In most episodes, Fury allowed only Joey to ride him, but occasionally others were allowed the honor of mounting Fury if they had done a good deed for the horse. One of the original concepts of the show was that Fury remained a 'wild' (untamed) horse, who wouldn't allow anyone but Joey to ride him or even come near him. In several episodes people would see the calm interaction between the horse "and the boy who loved him," and assume that the horse must be broken --- but when they tried to put a saddle on him, Fury would rear up and attack them!

Numerous episodes focus on youth organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Big Brothers, Junior Achievement, 4-H Club, Little League, and even the Girl Scouts. A 1957 episode is dedicated to Fire Prevention Week.

Ann Robinson played Joey Newton's dedicated teacher, Helen Watkins, in nine episodes of the first season. In addition to Roger Mobley as Packy Lambert, another friend of Joey's is portrayed in the series by child actor Jimmy Baird (born 1945), who was cast as Rodney "Pee Wee" Jenkins.James Seay portrayed a sheriff in six episodes. Maudie Prickett was cast twice, once in the title role of "Aunt Harriet" (1958).

Among the other guest stars were Shelley Fabares as Midge Mallon in "The Tomboy" (1957), Tony Young in "Timber Walker" (1959), Lee Van Cleef as Race Collins in "House Guests" (1959), and Walter Maslow in "The Relay Station" (1959).

Jim Bannon appeared twice on Fury, once as a prison warden in the episode "Fish Story" (1958). Andy Clyde was cast in "Fury Runs to Win" (1956) and "Black Gold" (1959). Russ Conway was cast in "Joey Goes Hunting" (1955) and "A Present for Packy" (1960). Nan Leslie was cast twice on Fury, as Stella Lambert in "The Model Plane" (1958) and as Packy's mother in "The Pulling Contest" (1959). Paul Picerni of "Untouchables" fame,portrayed Tupelo in "Packy, the Lion Tamer" (1960). He also appeared in "An Old Indian Trick" (1959). John M. Pickard, star of the syndicated Boots and Saddles western series, appeared in the episodes "Timber" (1956) and "Trail Drive" (1959). Will Wright, known for his curmudgeonly roles, was cast in "Ghost Town" (1955) and "The Meanest Man" (1958).

Much of the outdoor footage was shot on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California, where the "Fury Set" was built in 1955, specifically for the series. This set included a small house, a cabin, corrals and other features, but it was dominated by a large barn. In addition to being used throughout five seasons of "Fury," the Fury Set was used in many films, including Fury at Showdown (1957) and The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959), and in other television series, including Bonanza and Cimarron Strip, before it burned to the ground in the massive Newhall/Malibu fire of fall 1970.


Cast

The cast included:

  • Peter Graves: Jim Newton
  • Bobby Diamond: Joey Newton
  • William Fawcett: Pete
  • Ann Robinson: Helen Watkins
  • Jimmy Baird: Pee Wee Jenkins
  • Roger Mobley: Packey Lambert
  • Nan Leslie: Harriet Newton

Episode list

Season 1: 1955–56

NoEpTitleOriginal air date
11"Joey Finds a Friend"October 15, 1955
22"Killer Stallion"October 22, 1955
33"The Horse Coper"October 29, 1955
44"Joey Goes Hunting"November 5, 1955
55"Scorched Earth"November 12, 1955
66"Joey's Dame Trouble"November 19, 1955
77"Joey and the Gypsies"November 26, 1955
88"Joey's Father"December 3, 1955
99"Joey Saves the Day"December 10, 1955
1010"The 4-H Story"December 17, 1955
1111"Junior Rodeo"December 24, 1955
1212"Ghost Town"December 31, 1955
1313"The Hobo"January 7, 1956
1414"Tungsten Queen"January 14, 1956
1515"Joey Sees It Through"January 21, 1956
1616"Stolen Fury"January 28, 1956
1717"The Choice"February 4, 1956
1818"The Boy Scout Story"February 11, 1956
1919"Search for Joey"February 18, 1956
2020"The Miracle"February 25, 1956
2121"The Test"March 3, 1956
2222"Fury Runs to Win"March 10, 1956
2323"Timber"March 17, 1956
2424"Wonder Horse"March 24, 1956
2525"Pirate Treasure"March 31, 1956
2626"The Baby"April 7, 1956

Season 2: 1956–57

NoEpTitleOriginal air date
271"The Runaway"October 6, 1956
282"Joey and the Little League"October 13, 1956
293"Earthquake"October 20, 1956
304"Trial by Jury"October 27, 1956
315"Joey and the Wolf Pack"November 3, 1956
326"Indian Mountain"November 17, 1956
337"Flying Saucers"November 24, 1956
348"Joey and the Stranger"December 1, 1956
359"Pete's Folly"December 15, 1956
3610"Boy's Day"December 22, 1956
3711"The Feud"January 5, 1957
3812"Loco Weed Story"January 12, 1957
3913"The Horse Caper"January 19, 1957
4014"Joey Shows the Way"January 26, 1957
4115"Nature's Engineers"February 2, 1957
4216"The Strong Man"February 16, 1957
4317"The Scientists"February 23, 1957
4418"My Horse Ajax"March 9, 1957
4519"The Tomboy"March 16, 1957
4620"Joey, Junior Lifeguard"March 30, 1957

Season 3: 1957–58

NoEpTitleOriginal air date
471"Fire Prevention Week"October 12, 1957
482"The Racers"October 19, 1957
493"Community Chest"October 26, 1957
504"Mercy Flight"November 2, 1957
515"The Renegade"November 9, 1957
526"Pee Wee Grows Up"November 16, 1957
537"The Fourth Estaters"November 23, 1957
548"The Tornado"November 30, 1957
559"The Pinto Stallion"December 7, 1957
5610"Bike Road-eo"December 14, 1957
5711"The Wayfarer"December 21, 1957
5812"One Thousand Dollar Reward"December 28, 1957
5913"Operation CD"January 4, 1958
6014"The Break-Up"January 11, 1958
6115"Joey's First Crush"January 18, 1958
6216"Pee Wee's Problem"January 25, 1958
6317"The Lost Herd"February 1, 1958
6418"The Baby Sitters"February 8, 1958
6519"The Horse Nobody Wanted"February 15, 1958
6620"The Bounty Hunters"February 22, 1958
6721"The Meanest Man"March 1, 1958
6822"A Fish Story"March 8, 1958
6923"Rogues and Squires"March 15, 1958
7024"Robbers' Roost"March 22, 1958
7125"Second Chance"March 29, 1958
7226"The Claim Jumpers"April 5, 1958

Season 4: 1958–59

NoEpTitleOriginal air date
731"The Littlest Horse Thief"October 4, 1958
742"Aunt Harriet"October 11, 1958
753"Palomino"October 18, 1958
764"Halloween"October 25, 1958
775"Jailbreak"November 1, 1958
786"The Fire Watchers"November 15, 1958
797"The Ornithologists"November 22, 1958
808"The Unwanted Shepherd"November 29, 1958
819"Troubles Have Wings"December 6, 1958
8210"The Model Plane"December 20, 1958
8311"The Will"December 27, 1958
8412"The Pulling Contest"January 3, 1959
8513"Ten Dollars a Head"January 17, 1959
8614"Feeling His Oats"January 24, 1959
8715"Bad Medicine"January 31, 1959
8816"Sonic Boom"February 7, 1959
8917"An Old Indian Trick"February 14, 1959
9018"The Relay Station"February 21, 1959
9119"Black Gold"February 28, 1959
9220"Girl Scout"March 7, 1959
9321"House Guests"March 14, 1959
9422"Joey's Jalopy"April 4, 1959

Season 5: 1959–60

NoEpTitleOriginal air date
951"Junior Achievement"October 10, 1959
962"The Big Leaguer"October 17, 1959
973"Trail Drive"October 24, 1959
984"Man-Killer"October 31, 1959
995"Visiting Day"November 7, 1959
1006"Timber Walker"November 14, 1959
1017"Turkey Day"November 21, 1959
1028"The Map"November 28, 1959
1039"The Rocketeers"December 5, 1959
10410"The Fort"December 12, 1959
10511"The Vanishing Blacksmith"December 19, 1959
10612"The Big Brothers"December 26, 1959
10713"Packy, the Lion Tamer"January 2, 1960
10814"Private Eyes"January 9, 1960
10915"The Witch"January 16, 1960
11016"Gymkhana"January 23, 1960
11117"A Present for Packy"January 30, 1960
11218"Trottin' Horse"February 6, 1960
11319"Packy's Dilemma"February 13, 1960
11420"Gaucho"February 20, 1960
11521"The Skin Divers"February 27, 1960
11622"Packy's Dream"March 19, 1960

Syndication

The series continued in reruns on NBC until 1966 and was syndicated throughout the 1960s and 1970s by ITC Entertainment, which produced the series. Season 1 now plays on STIRR from 2-3pm central time Sunday-Saturday.