Jericho (TV Series 1966–1967)

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Jericho (TV Series 1966–1967)

The Jericho team is a trio of Allied specialists who operate as intelligence agents and saboteurs behind German lines. Franklin Sheppard of American Army Intelligence is their commanding officer and chief planner. Jean-Gaston Andre of the Free French Air Force is the team's demolitions and weapons expert. Nicholas Gage of the British Navy is a former circus performer (high-wire artist) whose specialty is getting in and out of German installations.
USA
IMDb  7.5 /10
Creators
Creator Richard Levinson
Creator William Link
Information
Release Date1966-09-15
Runtime1h 0mins
GenreDrama, War
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyArena Productions, MGM Television, CBS Television Network
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Franklin Sheppard 16 episodes, 1966-1967
Jean-Gaston Andre 16 episodes, 1966-1967
Nicholas Gage 16 episodes, 1966-1967

Jericho (1966 TV series)

Jericho is an American espionage series set during World War II. The series stars John Leyton, Don Francks and Marino Masé as secret agents, and aired on CBS from September 1966 to January 1967.


Plot and production

Norman Felton who had previously co-produced The Man from U.N.C.L.E. came up with the idea of a World War II espionage series produced by his Arena Productions through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television for the CBS television network. The characters were perhaps inspired by the Jedburgh teams consisting of three agents, American Office of Strategic Services Army Captain Franklin Shepphard (Francks) expert in psychological warfare, Special Operations Executive Royal Navy Lieutenant Nicholas Gage (Leyton) expert in demolitions, and French Air Force Lt. Jean-Gaston Andre (Masé) skilled in small arms. Each week the three performed a mission behind enemy lines using their skills in espionage and sabotage where they met a guest star. Eric Braeden, who would be one of the stars of the more successful World War II series The Rat Patrol (which began that same season), was one of the guest stars in the pilot.

The Jericho theme was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, although Goldsmith did not score the pilot episode "Upbeat And Underground" (Lalo Schifrin composed the music for the pilot and a theme which was never used) - Goldsmith's theme came from his score for "A Jug Of Wine, A Loaf Of Bread And Pow!"

The series was canceled after 16 episodes. It primarily failed as it was shown opposite ABC's popular Batman.


Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Dutch and Go"Barry ShearSheldon StarkSeptember 15, 1966
2"A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Pow!"Richard C. SarafianMax EhrlichSeptember 22, 1966
3"Upbeat and Underground"Richard DonnerStory by : William Link & Richard Levinson
Teleplay by : Dean Hargrove & William Link & Richard Levinson
September 29, 1966
4"Have Traitor, Will Travel"TBATBAOctober 6, 1966
5"Panic in the Piazza"Sherman MarksNorman BorisoffOctober 13, 1966
6"The Big Brass Contraband"Richard C. SarafinAlvin BoretzOctober 20, 1966
7"Wall to Wall Kaput"Richard C. SarafianIrv TunickOctober 27, 1966
8"Eric the Redhead"TBATBANovember 3, 1966
9"One for the Mountain: Part 1"TBATBANovember 10, 1966
10"Two for the Road: Part 2"TBATBANovember 17, 1966
11"Four O'Clock Bomb to London"TBATBADecember 1, 1966
12"Long Journey Across a Short Street"TBATBADecember 8, 1966
13"Both Ends Against the Riddle"TBATBADecember 15, 1966
14"Jackal of Diamonds"TBATBADecember 29, 1966
15"A Switch in Time"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1967
16"The Loot of All Evil"TBATBAJanuary 19, 1967

Soundtrack

In June 2005, Film Score Monthly released an album of music from the series, twinned with the score Johnny Williams composed for the unsold pilot The Ghostbreaker (also produced by Arena Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television) - the latter score occupies tracks 13-22.


DVD release

On June 16, 2015, Warner Bros. released Jericho- The Complete Series on DVD via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.


External links

  • Jericho at IMDb