001. Walt Disney Presents Guide
 
 
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WALT DISNEY PRESENTS
195
8 - 1959 SEASON
ABC,
FRIDAY, 8
:00 PM, 1-HOUR FORMAT

Episode 101

The Nine Lifes of Elfego Baca [1 of 10]

October 03, 1958

April 04, 1959

The first chapter in the continuing story of Elfego Baca, a gunfighter who turned to the law, begins in 1884 as Elfego rides into Frisco, New Mexico. Elfego steps in to arrest a drunken cowboy when the sheriff is too afraid to act, which is not appreciated by the cowboy's friends. For the next 33 hours they fire a series of barrages at Elfego, even trying a dynamite blast to kill him. He survives the ordeal and becomes the new sheriff of Socorro, New Mexico.

This episode was combined with Four Down and Five Lives to Go and released theatrically overseas in 1959.

Directed by Norman Foster

Episode 102

The Pigeon That Worked a Miracle

October 10, 1958

April 22, 1962

January 09, 1966

December 28, 1975

Chad Smith is an active boy who receives a spinal injury while playing baseball, resulting in his being confined to a wheelchair. His mother encourages him to find a hobby and he picks pigeon racing, raising the birds in a small coop behind the house. He develops a special bond with one bird, that eventually encourages him to walk again.

This episode was released theatrically overseas in 1962.

Directed by Walter Perkins.

Episode 103

Elfego Baca - Four Down and Five Lives to Go [2 of 10]

October 17, 1958

April 10, 1959

The second chapter in the story of Elfego Baca opens as Elfego wins election to the post of sheriff in Socorro County, New Mexico. Never one to use orthodox methods, Baca begins by sending letters to all of the wanted men in the area asking them to turn themselves in. If they don’t, he’ll come looking for them and will show no mercy. His reputation as a deadly shot is so widespread that only one man doesn’t take advantage of the offer

This episode was combined with The Nine Lifes of Elfego Baca and released theatrically overseas in 1959 under that title.

Directed by Norman Foster.

Episode 104

Rusty and the Falcon

October 24, 1958

May 13, 1962

June 12, 1966

Rusty is a 12-year-old who lives in a Rocky Mountain mining town. The boy is lonely because few children his age live nearby, so he invents a number of secret games to play by himself. One day he finds an injured falcon and takes it home to nurse it back to health. His parents reluctantly agree to let him keep the bird, not knowing that Rusty is studying falconry and plans to teach the falcon to hunt.

This episode was released theatrically overseas in 1966.

Directed by N. Paul Kenworth.

Episode 105

Tales of Texas John Slaughter [1 of 17]

October 31, 1958

June 26, 1959

The first chapter begins in 1870 as Texas John Slaughter rides into Friotown, Texas. He has barely started down the street when two men try to ambush him, forcing John to kill them in self-defense. Ben Jenkins, a member of the famous Texas rangers, explains that the attackers mistook John for him, for John wears a white hat similar to the distinctive headgear of the rangers. John declines an offer to join the rangers and instead buys a small herd of cattle and settles outside of town.

This episode was combined with Ambush at Laredo and released theatrically overseas in 1960 as Texas John Slaughter.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 106

His Majesty, The King of Beasts

November 07, 1958

November 11, 1962

Released theatrically in 1955 as the True-Life Adventure film The African Lion, this is the story of the animal that has become known as the king of the jungle.

The True-Life Adventure film The African Lion was edited for the TV.

Directed by Jim Algar.

Episode 107

Texas John Slaughter - Ambush at Laredo [2 of 17]

November 14, 1958

July 10, 1959

Chapter 2 begins with the Texas Rangers tracking down the last of Frank Davis’s gang. The Rangers’ return to town is spoiled by the fact that Davis is out on bail and free to travel throughout Texas until his trial. Captain Cooper sends Slaughter and Ben Jenkins out to follow Davis, afraid that the gang leader will begin a new crime wave.

This episode was combined with Tales of Texas John Slaughter and released theatrically overseas in 1960 as Texas John Slaughter.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 108

The Boston Tea Party

November 21, 1958

June 06, 1965

February 02, 1975

Released theatrically in 1957 as the film Johnny Tremain, this is the first of two parts, in which a young silversmith becomes involved with the Boston Tea Party.

This show incorporated footage from several short subjects that Disney purchased from Warner Bros.: Give Me Liberty, Sons of Liberty and Declaration of Independence.

In 1975 it aired under the title Johnny Tremain – Part 1.

Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Episode 109

Elfego Baca – Lawman or Gunman [3 of 10]

November 28, 1958

April 17, 1959

The third chapter involves Elfego in a plot by a crooked judge to steal the land of a wealthy local citizen. Judge Hargraves has Elfego arrested on a phony charge, and it is in jail that the lawyer learns of the plot to invalidate the deed of Don Esteban Miranda.

Directed by Christian Nyby.

Episode 110

The Shot That Was Heard Around the World

December 05, 1958

June 13, 1965

February 09, 1975

Released theatrically in 1957 as the film Johnny Tremain, this is the second of two parts, in which a young silversmith becomes involved with Paul Revere’s ride and the battle at Lexington.  

This show incorporated footage from several short subjects that Disney purchased from Warner Bros.: Give Me Liberty, Sons of Liberty and Declaration of Independence.

In 1975 it aired under the title Johnny Tremain – Part 2.

Directed by Robert Stevenson.

Episode 111

Elfego Baca – Law and Order Incorporated [4 of 10]

December 12, 1958

May 01, 1959

Chapter 4 opens as Elfego happily learns he has been made a partner in his law firm. He also learns that Don Esteban Miranda’s problems proving rightful ownership of his land are not over, for the Southwestern Railroad has challenged his claim to title. Unfortunately, the papers that could prove his ownership are mysteriously missing.

Directed by Christian Nyby.

Episode 112

From All of Us to All of You

December 19, 1958

December 25, 1960

December 22, 1963

December 24, 1967

December 20, 1970

December 23, 1973

December 25, 1977

December 23, 1979

December 14, 1980

Walt has asked for the help of several Disney stars in presenting a special holiday show. Tinker Bell, the hostess, starts things off by introducing Mickey Mouse and Jiminy Cricket. Jiminy announces he’s arranged a special visit to the North Pole to see Santa’s Workshop. The show continues with magical scenes from various animated shorts and films.

In subsequent years, the show’s contents were edited to incorporate a plug for an upcoming theatrical release or an additional animated short: 1963 – The Sword in the Stone version; 1967 – The Jungle Book version; 1970 & 1980 – Aristocats version; 1973 – Robin Hood version; 1977 – Pete’s Dragon version; 1979 – Corn Chips version;

Major portions of this episode were later included in The Disney Channel’s first Yule celebration, A Disney Channel Christmas.

Directed by Jack Hannah.

Episode 113

Texas John Slaughter – Killers From Kansas [3 of 17]

January 09, 1959

July 24, 1959

In Chapter 3 John Slaughter and another Texas ranger are waiting in a bank to pick up the payroll when the Barko gang tries to rob it. The other ranger is killed and John is beaten unconscious, but before he passes out he pulls the hat off one of the thieves and discovers it’s Mrs. Barko. The Barkos have robbed banks throughout the area, and in each robbery Mrs. Barko has slain bystanders in cold blood.

This episode was combined with Showdown at Sandoval and released theatrically overseas in 1961 as Gunfight at Sandoval.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 114

Niok

January 16, 1959 

September 11, 1959

May 10, 1964

This episode tells the story of the elephant, including several legends and tales that have developed about the huge beasts. The show is named after Niok, a 6-month-old baby Indian elephant that poses for the Disney animators. Niok happily spends his days at the Studio, where Walt helps feed the large baby with an oversized bottle.

The Sequence in Cambodia was released in 1957 as a theatrical short subject.

Directed by Edmond Sechan.

Episode 115

Texas John Slaughter – Showdown at Sandoval [4 of 17]

January 23, 1959

August 07, 1959

Chapter 4 begins as John is assigned the task of escorting Mrs. Barko to prison. She has refused to explain why her gang was trying to join forces with Dan Trask, and John hopes he can discover the secret. He proposes a daring plan to his commanding officer, Captain Cooper.

This episode was combined with Killers From Kansas and released theatrically overseas in 1961 as Gunfight at Sandoval.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 116

The Peter Tchaikovsky Story

January 30, 1959

June 19, 1959

When work began on the Studio’s animated feature Sleeping Beauty, it was decided to use the music of Peter Tchaikovsky from the ballet of the same name. Researchers working on the film began to note several interesting facts about Tchaikovsky’s life and decided to produce a show about this famous composer.

The documentary is followed by previews of scenes from Sleeping Beauty narrated by Walt.

This episode was originally planned as a theatrical featurette and was released overseas in 1959.

This was the first television show ever to be simulcast in stereo. An FM radio had to be placed near the TV set to get the full effect.

Directed by Charles Barton.

Episode 117

Elfego Baca – Attorney at Law [5 of 10]

February 06, 1959

March 15, 1959

In this fifth chapter Elfego’s entry into the field of law proves to be an interesting one. He must defend Fernando Bernal, a former bank robber who may have returned to his old ways, and Elfego feels his client is being framed.

This episode was combined with The Griswold Murder and released theatrically overseas in 1962 as Six-Gun Law.

Directed by Christian Nyby.

Episode 118

Duck Flies Coop

February 13, 1959

Just like many other film stars, Donald Duck is more than a little temperamental and vain. When he doesn’t show up for work one day, leaving behind a note vowing never to return, Walt decides to teach the wayward actor a lesson by replacing him.

Directed by Jack Hannah.

Episode 119

Elfego Baca – The Griswold Murder [6 of 10]

February 20, 1959

June 12, 1959

Chapter 6 in the story of Elfego Baca starts as Cyril Cunningham, a wealthy rancher, is accused of murdering another ranger, Drew Griswold. Local gossip has it that Griswold and Mrs. Cunningham were having an affair, and the authorities theorize that Cunningham killed the other man out of jealousy. Elfego believes the rancher is innocent and agrees to take his case, even though he must face his former law partner, who has just become the new district attorney.

This episode was combined with Attorney at Law and released theatrically overseas in 1962 as Six-Gun Law.

Directed by Christian Nyby.

Episode 120

The Adventures of Chip ‘n Dale

February 27, 1959

July 17, 1959

June 03, 1962

April 12, 1970

July 14, 1974

March 26, 1978

July 27, 1980

July 21, 1981

The show opens with an unusual beginning – the set is empty except for a tape recorder. Walt has left a message explaining that since he couldn’t be there in person, he’s arranged for guest hosts – Chip and Dale. The two chipmunks have brought a book filled with stories of their exploits. Throughout the show, Dale keeps turning to the story of The Lone Chipmunks, and bullets, lassoes, and other dangers jump out of the book. Chip warns him to leave that story for later and with a brief song and dance number, they introduce each of the stories

After Walt’s death, the opening was modified to provide a new narration explaining the presence of the guest hosts.

In 1978 this episode aired as Mixed Nuts and in 1980 and 1981 as The Misadventures of Chip ‘n Dale.

Major portions of this episode were used in the show Winnie the Pooh and Friends.

Directed by Bill Justice.

Episode 121

Texas John Slaughter – The Man from Bitter Creek [5 of 17]

March 06, 1959

August 21, 1959

The fifth chapter in the life of Texas John Slaughter proves that even after resigning from the Texas rangers, John must fight to survive. Following his marriage to Adeline Harris, John buys a ranch and settles down. His tranquil life ends abruptly when Uncle Underwood, a neighboring rancher, builds a dam that cuts off John’s water supply.

This episode was combined with The Slaughter Trail and released theatrically overseas in 1962 as Stampede at Bitter Creek.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 122

Highway to Trouble

March 13, 1959

When Huey, Dewey, and Louie identify the capital of California as Disneyland, a voice tells Donald he is a failure as the boys’ teacher. In an effort to awaken their interest in geography, Donald Duck takes them on a trip across the country. They leave California and decide to stay overnight in Washington. Unfortunately, Donald has a series of troubles as seen in various clips from Donald Duck cartoons.

Directed by Jack Hannah.

Episode 123

Texas John Slaughter – The Slaughter Trail [6 of 17]

March 20, 1959

September 04, 1959

Chapter 6 begins as John proposes to Sam Underwood, another rancher, that they combine their herds and take them to Arizona where they will command higher prices. Underwood agrees but doubts they can use the usual route, the Chisholm Trail, due to drought conditions. John plans to use a new trail he’s scouted, one with plenty of water, but it passes through Comanche territory.

This episode was combined with The Man from Bitter Creek and released theatrically overseas in 1962 as Stampede at Bitter Creek.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 124

Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom

March 27, 1959

April 19, 1964

Music, which is so important to proper storytelling, is merely a series of sounds, or so claims Professor Owl. He demonstrates this theory through a series of animated clips, including the Academy Award winning short, Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Episode 125

The Wetback Hound

April 24, 1959

May 27, 1962

May 29, 1966

This is the story of Paco, a dog from a fine line of mountain lion hunters. Paco meets with his owner’s displeasure when he abandons a scent to chase after a deer. There is a bounty on mountain lions and Paco’s skills are needed to earn a living for his owner.

In its original 20-minute length, The Wetback Hound won an Academy Award in 1957 for Best Live-Action Short Subject. It was expanded for this television version.

In subsequent years, the show’s contents were edited to incorporate a plug for an upcoming theatrical: 1962 – Big Red version; 1966 – Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. version;

Directed by Larry Lansburgh.

Episode 126

I Captured the King of the Leprechauns

March 29, 1959

August 28, 1959

This episode is a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Walt has decided to make a movie about Ireland and leprechauns, and he visits actor Pat O’Brien to ask for advice on how to proceed. The first thing O’Brien tells him is that only Irishmen should approach the “Little People”, but Walt is sure there won’t be any problems, for he’s half-Irish himself. Pat convinces Walt that the movie will only be successful if it features a live leprechaun. So Walt’s off to Ireland in search for them.

Directed by Harry Keller and Robert Stevenson.

  WALT DISNEY PRESENTS
1959 SPECIAL

Special 006

Kodak Presents Disneyland ‘59

June 15, 1959

Disneyland Park has been open for four years and it’s time to unveil all the newest additions. This live special opens with Walt Disney and Art Linkletter in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, followed by visits to the Park’s newest attractions.

This show was considered “lost” since it was broadcast live, until recently a copy, which had been recorded on videotape, has been found.

Directed by Hamilton Luske.

WALT DISNEY PRESENTS
195
9 - 1960 SEASON
ABC,
FRIDAY, 7
:30 PM, 1-HOUR FORMAT 

Episode 127

Moochie of the Little League – A Diamond Is a Boy’s Best Friend [1 of 2]

October 02, 1959

April 15, 1960

The story begins as Moochie Morgan delivers newspapers along his route before heading to Little League practice. When Moochie’s carelessness costs him a place in the game, he is forced to watch from the bench.

This show was serialized in the 1960s syndication of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 128

Moochie of the Little League – Wrong Way Moochie [2 of 2]

October 09, 1959

April 22, 1960

The team suffers a major setback when the boys learn the playing field has been sold and they’ll soon be without a place to play.

This show was serialized in the 1960s syndication of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 129

Killers of the High Country

October 16, 1959

April 26, 1964

May 20, 1976

This episode tells the story of the mountain lions and their attempt to coexist with humans in their rapidly diminishing home in the Rocky Mountains. People are not their only worry, for as the story begins, two young cubs narrowly escape the claws of a Golden eagle. Chimbica and Tawny race for the safety of their den, where an angry mother helps drive away the hungry bird.

Directed by Tom McGowan.

Episode 130

The Birth of the Swamp Fox [1 of 8]

October 23, 1959

April 29, 1960

Francis Marion is the head of a small detachment of American troops attempting to free South Carolina from British rule under the command of Colonel Tarleton of the Green Dragon cavalry.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 131

The Swamp Fox – Brother Against Brother [2 of 8]

October 30, 1959

May 06, 1960

The second of the Swamp Fox stories finds the Tories staging a series of raids on their patriot neighbors, often pitting longtime friends and relatives against each other. One such raid destroys the home of Gabriel Marion, the Swamp Fox’s brother, but leaves standing the Videaux plantation. Although he’s aware that Mary Videaux is his brother’s fiancée, Gabriel joins a band of patriots headed for Mary’s home with revenge in their hearts, for her parents are known Tories.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 132

Perilous Assignment

November 06, 1959

This show takes a look at the many far-off locations where Disney crews have worked. Includes stars like Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Walter Fitzgerald, Janet Munro and Herbert Lom.

Directed by Hamilton S. Luske.

Episode 133

Elfego Baca – Move Along Mustang [7 of 10]

November 13, 1959

August 26, 1960

The seventh chapter of Elfego Baca involves the frontier lawyer and a group of Mustangers, a religious sect trying to establish a homestead despite the efforts of the region’s cattlemen. The ranchers oppose any new settlers for fear they will lose the valuable grazing lands necessary to support their herds.

This story is continued in Mustang Man, Mustang Maid. Both stories are referred to by the overall title Elfego Baca and the Mustangers.

Directed by George Sherman.

Episode 134

Elfego Baca – Mustang Man, Mustang Maid [8 of 10]

November 20, 1959

September 02, 1960

Chapter 8 brings the Mustangers again to the frontier lawyer asking for help in their battle with the cattlemen. The problems continue when Shadrack and Suzanna are refused service at a local store because, as the owner tells them, their business is not welcome. Shadrack tries to argue but is forcibly thrown out and a fight ensues. The store is demolished and Shadrack is taken to jail.

Move Along Mustang and Mustang Man, Mustang Maid are also referred to by the overall title Elfego Baca and the Mustangers.

Directed by George Sherman.

Episode 135

A Storm Called Maria

November 27, 1959

The show looks at several famous storms, all of which caused great damage and, in some cases, death. It then shows the formation of a major storm named Maria, which moves from the coast of Japan toward California. Weather ships and planes follow the growing storm, hoping to learn enough about it to warn those in its path.

Based on the book by George R. Stewart.

Directed by Ken Nelson.

Episode 136

Texas John Slaughter – The Robber Stallion [7 of 17]

December 04, 1959

June 24, 1960

As Chapter 7 begins, John rides to New Mexico to visit his friend, John Scanlon, intending to buy a herd of cattle to take back to Tombstone, Arizona. A nearby silver strike means that hundreds of hungry miners will soon descend upon the area, and John intends to supply their beef needs. He meets Ashley Carstairs, a young Easterner who is staying at the ranch, and takes a liking to him. Ashley is there to buy horses to take back to Kentucky, where he hopes to breed them with thoroughbreds to produce steeplechase racers.

This story is continued in Wild Horse Revenge.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 137

Texas John Slaughter – Wild Horse Revenge [8 of 17]

December 11, 1959

July 01, 1960

Chapter 7A continues the story begun in The Robber Stallion as John vows to capture the wild mustang that stranded him in the desert. His friend, John Scanlon, warns him that Jason Hemp will continue to try to stop him, for Hemp wants to control the horse business in the area.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 138

Texas John Slaughter – Range War at Tombstone [9 of 17]

December 18, 1959

July 08, 1960

Chapter 8 begins as John and his friend Ashley Carstairs are driving a herd of cattle to Tombstone, Arizona. En route, they come upon a deserted Conestoga wagon and stop to investigate, only to be taken prisoner by a young girl. Her name is Viola Howell, and her parents join her in accusing John and Ashley of being thieves. John disarms her and convinces them of their error, then agrees to escort them to Tombstone.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 139

The Swamp Fox – Tory Vengeance [3 of 8]

January 01, 1960

May 11, 1960

The third chapter of the story of Francis Marion opens as the patriot leader gathers information on the British activities from several of his informers. Although many people believe his fiancée, Mary Videaux, to be a Tory, she is actually one of his most valuable sources of information. In order to discover what she has learned, Marion must confront Mary as she visits the Townes, the local Tory leaders, and pretends to bully her as he questions her. Despite their best efforts at secrecy, Colonel Tarleton, the local military commander, begins to suspect Mary.

Directed by Louis King.

Episode 140

The Swamp Fox – Day of Reckoning [4 of 8]

January 08, 1960

May 20, 1960

The fourth chapter in the saga of the Swamp Fox opens with General Francis Marion relentlessly searching for Amos Briggs, the man who killed young Gabe Marion. His desire for revenge has caused him to ignore his men, and several of them begin to talk about deserting. Another of the rebel leaders convinces Marion to abandon the hunt until the men can capture some much needed supplies. Marion agrees, leading a small patrol on a dangerous ride against the Redcoats.

Directed by Louis King.

Episode 141

The Swamp Fox – Redcoat Strategy [5 of 8]

January 15, 1960

May 27, 1960

Chapter 5 of the Swamp Fox story involves General Marion in a plot to capture a high ranking British officer, Colonel Townes. An ambush forces the colonel’s coach into a lake and the officer emerges ready for a fight. Marion declines Townes’s challenge to a duel and informs him that he is to be taken to a colonial prison. Trouble ensues when Marion agrees to take Townes home first for dry clothes.

Directed by Louis King.

Episode 142

The Swamp Fox – A Case of Treason [6 of 8]

January 22, 1960

June 03, 1960

Chapter 6 opens with Marion and his men chasing Colonel Tarleton, whom they have “outfoxed” by causing one of his traps to backfire. The colonel races to the Videaux home for safety, unaware that Mary Videaux is actually Marion’s fiancée and a spy for the patriots. When Marion enters the house searching for his foe, Mary pretends to be outraged and orders the rebels from the plantation. From his hiding spot Tarelton spots Mary and Marion sharing a secret kiss and begins to doubt her loyalty.

Directed by Louis King.

Episode 143

Wild Burro of the West

January 29, 1960

November 10, 1963

June 04, 1972

 

Dusty is a small burro living a quiet life with her elderly master, a farmer in Mexico, until two men sneak onto the farm and steal her. They use the animal to help them rustle cattle. Dusty carries their water and other supplies, but the men are cruel and mistreat the burro, allowing her little water and feed. Tired of his mistreatment, Dusty strains to break free of the hobbles used to control her.

Directed by Walter Perkins.

Episode 144

Two Happy Amigos

February 05, 1960

June 17, 1960

Jose Carioca travels from South America to visit Donald Duck. The show features several animated clips starring Jose and Donald, including Saludos Amigos, that shows how they first met.

Directed by Jack Hannah, C. August Nichols.

Episode 145

Texas John Slaughter – Desperado From Tombstone [10 of 17]

February 12, 1960

July 15, 1960

Chapter 9 finds John settled on his new ranch near Tombstone. One day he rides to the house of his neighbors, the Howells, with some good news. His children, who have been living in Texas with relatives, are on their way to join him. John finds new problems on his hands when Willie and his sister, Addy, find it hard to adapt to life on the frontier.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 146

Texas John Slaughter – Apache Friendship [11 of 17]

February 19, 1960

July 22, 1960

Chapter 10 opens with John and his children discussing Viola Howell, whom John is thinking of marrying. Gus, the ranch foreman, joins in, convincing John that the children need a mother. Gathering his courage, John sets off for the Howell ranch. The trip to the Howells’ is not a pleasure, for Mr. Howell and John must travel to Tombstone and testify at the trial of Loco Crispin, a killer apprehended by John.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 147

Texas John Slaughter – Kentucky Gunslick [12 of 17]

February 26, 1960

July 29, 1960

Chapter 11 opens as John leaves home for Tombstone to visit the land agent. His trip is interrupted by gunfire and he spots several men trying to kill a lone rider. He saves the man, only to find that it’s Ashley Carstairs, a friend from Kentucky. Ashley is also a friend of viola Slaughter, having once proposed to her beloved she accepted John’s offer.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 148

Texas John Slaughter – Geronimo’s Revenge [13 of 17]

March 04, 1960

August 08, 1960

A domestic problem finds John Slaughter discussing responsibility with his son as Chapter 12 begins. Willie Slaughter has broken his mother’s prized organ, and a reluctant John begins to talk to him about it. This unwelcome chore is interrupted by the arrival of one of the ranch workers with news that a band of Apaches has killed five head of cattle without reason. John decides to visit his old friend Natchez, who is now chief of the Apaches.

This episode was combined with footage from End of the Trail to create the foreign 1964 theatrical release Geronimo’s Revenge.

Directed by Harry Keller.

Episode 149

This is Your Life, Donald Duck

March 11, 1960

June 16, 1968

February 13, 1977

February 01, 1981

Jiminy Cricket has decided to imitate the popular program “This Is Your Life” and present a tribute to Donald Duck, but he hasn’t counted on Donald’s determination to spend the day quietly at home.

This show also aired as a special on February 22, 1980.

Directed by Jack Hannah, C. August Nichols.

Episode 150

Elfego Baca – Friendly Enemies at Law [9 of 10]

March 18, 1960

September 09, 1960

 

In Chapter 9 the frontier lawyer is offered a beautiful stallion by Frank Oxford, a cattleman who needs Baca’s help. Oxford is from nearby Taota, a town run by the powerful Rauls Kettrick, and it’s Kettrick who’s the source of his problem. Fifty head of Oxford’s cattle apparently wandered onto Kettrick’s ranch, and Kettrick won’t give them back. Other small ranchers are having the same problem, but there’s only one lawyer in Taota, and he works for Kettrick.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 151

Elfego Baca – Gus Tomlin id Dead [10 of 10]

March 25, 1960

September 16, 1960

Years ago a gunfighter named Gus Tomlin killed a man in Santa Fe, then fled town, never to be found. Interest in the case is reawakened when a prospector returns from a trip to Granite, a nearby small town, with the claim that he saw Tomlin there. The dead man’s father wants to lead a posse there to hang Tomlin, but the sheriff convinces the angry townspeople to let Elfego bring him back for trial.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 152

The Mad Hermit of Chimney Butte

April 01, 1960

September 23, 1960

Walt tells the strange tale of the Mad Hermit of Chimney Butte, an angry recluse who shoots at anything that comes near his lonely cave. A peek through a telescope reveals that the hermit is none other than Donald Duck. The story unfolds through a series of Donald Duck cartoons.

Directed by Jack Hannah.

WALT DISNEY PRESENTS
19
60 - 1961 SEASON
ABC,
SUNDAY, 6
:30 PM, 1-HOUR FORMAT 

Episode 153

Rapids Ahead (and) Bear Country

October 16, 1960

The first part of the show deals with people and the second with animals, Each type of story required new and unusual photographic techniques, as demonstrated in a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the theatrical release Ten Who Dared.

The second half of this show was first seen in the episode The Yellowstone Story (and) Bear Country (1957).

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 154

Zorro – El Bandido [1 of 4]

October 30, 1960

August 06, 1961

A group of Mexican bandits led by El Cuchillo ("The Knife") flees into Southern California to escape a band of pursuing soldiers. They decide to try their luck in Los Angeles despite the reputation of Zorro. As luck would have it, the local rancheros are storing a large supply of hides in a new warehouse and a silver shipment is ready to leave, providing the bandits with ample temptation.

Directed by William Witney.

Episode 155

Zorro – Adios El Cuchillo [2 of 4]

November 06, 1960

August 13, 1961

This is the continuation of the Zorro adventure begun in the episode El Bandido. Having previousley suffered a setback and humiliation at the hends of Zorro, El Cuchillo leads his men back to Los Angeles where they begin to plunder the pueblo. One item of importance for the bandit leader is to have the embarrassing "Z" removed from his coat, a process observed by the waiting Zorro. Zorro playfully returns to the tailor shop where Cuchillo is just leaving - and leaves his mark on the newly repaired coat. Unfortunatley for Zorro, his little prank my have been a serious mistake, because Cuchillo now becomes extremely anxious to win this serious of battles.

Directed by William Witney.

Episode 156

Donald’s Silver Anniversary

November 13, 1960

November 17, 1961

There’s a festive air at the studio: it’s time to celebrate Donald’s 25th year in show business. Walt reminisces about Donald’s career, beginning in 1935 in Orphan’s Benefit where a frustrated duck attempted to recite a poem before a very disrespectful audience.

Directed by Hamilton S. Luske.

Episode 157

Moochie of Pop Warner Football – Pee Wees vs. City Hall [1 of 2]

November 20, 1960

September 03, 1961

This two-part story opens as Moochie is trying to gain 8 pounds so he can join the Midget team in a Pop Warner Football League. At his present weight he would have to be a Pee Wee and there are no such teams in his town.

A follow up to Moochie of the Little People.

This show was serialized in the 1960s syndication of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 158

Moochie of Pop Warner Football-From Ticonderoga to Disneyland[2 of 2]

November 27, 1960

September 10, 1961

Moochie’s father and their next-door neighbor, Fred Preston, decide to form a team for the smaller boys.

This show was serialized in the 1960s syndication of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 159

Daniel Boone – The Warrior’s Path [1 of 4]

December 04, 1960

June 25, 1961

The first episode begins as Daniel Boone, a farmer in North Carolina, talks to a salesman named John Finley about Kentucky, where legend has it that the land is amazingly fertile and the forests are full of game. Finley claims that the dangerous trip to Kentucky can be made on the Warrior’s Path, an old Indian trail used by hunting parties, and Daniel decides to move his family there.

Directed by Lewis R. Foster.

Episode 160

Daniel Boone – And Chase the Buffalo [2 of 4]

December 11, 1960

July 02, 1961

Part 2 is set twelve years after Boone’s first trip to Kentucky, with Daniel dreaming of returning there. The land around the Boone farm is becoming more populated all the time, with the inevitable problems that civilization can cause. Although the Boones attempt to remain neutral, they are nevertheless swept up in the politics of a tax rebellion.

Directed by Lewis R. Foster.

Episode 161

Escape to Paradise (and) Water Birds

December 18, 1960

This behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Swiss Family Robinson takes place on location on the island of Tobago in the West Indies. The studio has sent a crew there to film the story of a 19th Century family stranded far from civilization when their ship sinks. Since there is no motion picture industry located there, everything has to be imported to the island, including the animals.

The second part of the show is an edited version of the 1952 Academy Award winner, Water Birds. Winston Hibler narrates this look at the many types of birds that live in aquatic locales.

The second half of this show was first seen in the episode A Trip Thru Adventureland (and) Water Birds (1956).

Episode 162

Zorro – The Postponed Wedding [3 of 4]

January 01, 1961

August 20, 1961

 

The third hour-long episode of Zorro begins as Don Diego and Bernardo greet Constancia de la Torre, who has returned to the pueblo after a lengthy absence. When they last saw her she was a little girl, but she's now a beautiful 17-year-old. Constancia is glad to see them and Sergeant Garcia, but she gets nervous when the sergeant wants to inspect her luggage. She stalls him, but Bernardo knows something's wrong when he can barely lift a small bag. Zorro later discovers it full of jewels.

Directed by James Neilson.

Episode 163

The Swamp Fox – A Woman’s Courage [7 of 8]

January 08, 1961

June 04, 1961

The seventh chapter opens as Marion and his men flee from the British after freeing Mary Videaux from her captors in Charleston. She discovers a prison ship and launches a daring plan to save the captured patriots.

Directed by Lewis R. Foster.

Episode 164

The Swamp Fox – Horses For Greene [8 of 8]

January 15, 1961

June 18, 1961

The final chapter finds Captain Richardson trying to instill some discipline in Marion’s volunteer brigades. Marion stops the training long enough to lead a daring raid to capture some much needed horses.

Directed by Lewis R. Foster.

Episode 165

A Salute to Father

January 22, 1961

June 16, 1963

June 20, 1976

June 17, 1979

June 15, 1980

Walt opens the show by mentioning that most fathers are forgotten men, who receive only gaudy ties on Father’s Day. To correct this oversight, this show is dedicated to fathers everywhere. Goofy has been selected as a typical father, and the episode shows how he spends a typical day.

This episode aired in 1976, 1979 and 1980 under the title Goofy’s Salute to Father.

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

Episode 166

Texas John Slaughter – End of the Trail [14 of 17]

January 29, 1961

July 09, 1961

The thirteenth chapter opens as a column of soldiers led by General Miles arrives in town to search for Geronimo, who has been terrorizing the civilian population. Miles is under heavy pressure from the government to end the attacks so he asks John for help. Slaughter agrees and rides to the army camp, where he meets his old friend, Ben Jenkins, who is now a corporal in the cavalry.

This episode was combined with footage from Geronimo’s Revenge to create the foreign 1964 theatrical release of the same name.

Directed by James Neilson.

Episode 167

Texas John Slaughter – A Holster Full of Law [15 of 17]

February 05, 1961

July 16, 1961

Chapter 14 involves an old enemy of John’s, a rustler named Billy Soto. When John discovers forty head of cattle missing, his first instinct is to find Soto and settle the debt himself. Viola argues that this is a bad role model for their son, and John agrees to ask the sheriff to handle the problem instead.

This episode, Trip of Tucson and Frank Clell’s in Town were released theatrically overseas in 1966 as A Holster Full of Law.

Directed by James Neilson.

Episode 168

Westward Ho the Wagons! – Ambush at Wagon Gap [1 of 2]

February 19, 1961

October 04, 1970

The first part of the 1956 theatrical release that tells the story of wagon trains traveling along the Oregon Trail in 1844 en route to the Northwest Territory.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 169

Westward Ho the Wagons! – White Man’s Medicine [1 of 2]

February 26, 1961

October 11, 1970

The second part of the 1956 theatrical release that tells the story of wagon trains traveling along the Oregon Trail in 1844 en route to the Northwest Territory.

Directed by William Beaudine.

Episode 170

The Coyote’ Lament

March 05, 1961

February 12, 1967

May 06, 1973

The unfortunate fate of the coyote at the hands of humans and their dogs is the subject of this animated episode. Told from the coyote’s point of view, the show features clips from many Disney short subjects. A quartet of coyotes sings a series of verses, each designed to tell the viewer about the injustices done to coyotes throughout the years.

This episode was released theatrically overseas in 1968.

Directed by C. August Nichols.

Episode 171

Daniel Boone – The Wilderness Road [3 of 4]

March 12, 1961

The third episode finds the frontier hero searching for his son, who was kidnapped by Indians.

Directed by Lewis R. Foster.

Episode 172

Daniel Boone – The Promised Land [3 of 4]

March 19, 1961

The final episode of Daniel Boone continues the story begun in The Wilderness Road. The wagon train is having a difficult time crossing the mountains, so Boone orders the settlers to dispose of any items not required to live, thereby angering many of the travelers. An Indian arrow kills one of the men, alerting Boone that his old enemy Crowfeather has returned.

Directed by Lewis R. Foster.

Episode 173

Zorro – Auld Acquaintance [4 of 4]

April 02, 1961

August 27, 1961

Don Diego's plans to drive an old foe out of town go awry when the man realizes Diego is Zorro.

Directed by James Neilson.

Episode 174

Battle for Survival

April 09, 1961

The harsh world of nature is highlighted in this show, which makes wide use of time-lapse and close-up photography to bring this hidden story to the viewer. A seemingly simple subject, such as a wild oat seed or an ear of corn, takes on a new meaning when its entire life cycle is sped up.

Directed by James Algar.

Episode 175

Texas John Slaughter – Trip to Tucson [16 of 17]

April 16, 1961

July 23, 1961

Chapter 15 portrays Slaughter as a sheriff who has become hated by the very people he has sworn to protect. Many of the residents of Tombstone feel he has become too harsh in enforcing the law, for Slaughter has killed a number of people who resisted his efforts to arrest them.

This episode and Frank Clell’s in Town were released together with A Holster Full of Law theatrically overseas in 1966 as A Holster Full of Law.

Directed by James Neilson.

Episode 176

Texas John Slaughter – Frank Clell’s in Town [17 of 17]

April 23, 1961

July 30, 1961

The last chapter opens as Tombstone’s store owners realize there is a price to pay for law and order. The sheriff, John Slaughter, has recently arrested a major criminal named Jimmy Deuce, prompting all of the other bandits and outlaws to flee in fear. With their departure, the economy suffers. Meanwhile, John’s wife tries to convince him to resign, arguing that he’s not needed any longer. John isn’t convinced. He feels there will be a large number of decent citizens wanting to move to a crime-free Tombstone and a lawman will be needed to keep it that way. His theories are quickly put to the test when a seemingly peaceful man arrives in town, only to be identified as Frank Clell, a noted killer who claims he’s looking to leave all of that behind him.

This episode and Trip to Tuscon were released together with A Holster Full of Law theatrically overseas in 1966 as A Holster Full of Law.

Directed by James Neilson.

Episode 177

Flash, The Teenage Otter

April 30, 1961

June 14, 1970

Despite the ever-increasing encroachment of humans on nature, wildlife continues to flourish, particularly in game preserves, and it’s in one of these preserves that two young otters are born. Flash and Fleta begin their lives happily frolicking in a deserted mill pond under their mother’s watchful eye.

Directed by Hank Schloss.

Episode 178

Andrew’s Raiders – Secret Mission [1 of 2]

May 07, 1961

August 28, 1966

July 22, 1973

This is the first part of the 1956 theatrical release The Great Locomotive Chase, the true story of a daring Union raid during the Civil War.

Directed by Francis D. Lyon.

Episode 179

Andrew’s Raiders – Escape to Nowhere [2 of 2]

May 14, 1961

September 04, 1966

July 29, 1973

This is the second part of the 1956 theatrical release The Great Locomotive Chase, the true story of a daring Union raid during the Civil War.

Directed by Francis D. Lyon.

Episode 180

Wonders of the Water World

May 21, 1961

May 08, 1966

The subject of this show is water and how it affects our lives.

This episode also aired on January 29, 1977 with A Horse Called Comanche as part of the NBC All-Disney Saturday Night at the Movies series.

Directed by Winston Hibler.

Episode 181

Disneyland ’61 (and) Olympic Elk

May 28, 1961

The featurette Gala Day at Disneyland is the basis for the first half of this show, with additional footage added to show the new attractions ready to greet Disneyland’s guests.

The second part is the 1952 theatrically released Olympic Elk, a story of the annual migrations of the elk herds in Washington.

This episode features an extended version of the 1960 theatrically released Gala Day at Disneyland.

Directed by Hamilton S. Luske.

Episode 182

Title Makers (and) Nature’s Half Acre

June 11, 1961

The first half of this episode is a promotional piece for the upcoming theatrical release The Parent Trap.

The second part is the True-Life Adventure film Nature’s Half Acre.

The second part of the show originally aired under the title Progress Report (and) Nature’s Half Acre (1955).

This was the last original episode broadcast on ABC in Black-and-White.

Directed by Robert Stevenson, James Algar.

 

 
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