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Branded


Cavalry officer Jason McCord graduated from West Point and rose through the ranks of the U.S. Army. However, at the Battle of Bitter Creek, McCord was the only survivor of a vicious Native American attack, in which soldiers were lost by the mistake of his commanding officer who cracked up and went insane during the battle. Rather then discredit the man, McCord took the blame and was discharged from the Army and branded a coward. Now McCord travels the West attempting to redeem himself and restore honor to his name. Later he is contacted by President Ulysses S. Grant, who employs him in undercover operations for the government. Chuck Connors starred in the series as Jason McCord.

All but one man died
There at Bitter Creek
And they say he ran away.

Branded, marked with a coward's shame,
What do you do when you're branded,
Will you fight for your name?



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Final: 2x32 -- Kellie (Apr/24/1966)


The saucy eleven-year-old daughter of a bank robber vows to get even with McCord for killing her father.
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Chuck Connors
As Jason McCord
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Recaps
2x20: McCord's Way recap: McCord rides into Silverton and notices the citizens gathering outside a saloon. One mother calls her son Tommy to her side and orders him home, but he wants to see the coming shootout. As he hides behind a wagon to watch, McCord hears a gunshot. A few seconds later, Sheriff Dave Baker staggers out of the saloon and collapses, dead. The mother, Dora Kendall, goes to the sheriff’s side and confirms that he’s dead. She looks up at the townspeople and asks if any of the men will do anything, but they shrug and walk away. Dora picks up the gun and goes inside while McCord goes to the sheriff’s body... read more.

2x16: The Golden Fleece recap: McCord rides into the town of Bridger and goes to the saloon. Captain Brooks and his cavalry squad surround him. Brooks informs McCord that his court-martial has been reopened and they have evidence that he actively conspired with the Indians to betray his fellow soldiers. McCord insists that it’s ridiculous but Brooks tells his men to disarm the former officer and take him to the prison wagon. As the townspeople gather to watch, McCord fights back. He is soon subdued as the other prisoner, Randall Kirby, looks on. As Brooks has his men lock up McCord, he informs the new prisoner that he and Kirby have a lot in common and they’re both going to Washington for trial... read more.

2x12: $10,000 for Durango recap: McCord delivers cattle to his employer, Duncan, and takes his check for $10,000 into the nearby town to cash it at the bank. rides into the town of Durango. He watches as a woman, Callie Clay, crosses the street and a man assaults him. McCord throws the man in a trough and introduces himself, and he wonders why no one else is on the street. He offers to walk with Callie and she reluctantly agrees. As they go, armed men watch from hiding. McCord spots them and wonders what’s going on... read more.

2x1: Judge Not recap: A stagecoach is heading toward its destination. Inside are four passengers: Cavalry officer Major Tom Rock and his wife Laura, Texas Ranger Tuttle, and his prisoner, Pierce Crowley. When Pierce “accidentally” spills water on Laura, Tom lunges forward and slaps him. Tuttle explains that Pierce killed four men, and two were Texas Rangers. McCord rides up to the stage on a borrowed horse and calls for it to pull over so he can make a fast trip to Forth Worth. The driver agrees and Laura and Tom recognize him... read more.
Recurring Guests

William Bryant as President Ulysses S. Grant (10 eps)
H.M. Wynant as Brissac (6 eps)
John Carradine as General Josh McCord (6 eps)
John Pickard (2) as Sergeant (6 eps)
Kamala Devi as Laurette Lansing (5 eps)
Lee Van Cleef as Fred Slater (4 eps)
Jim Davis (1) as Malachi Murdock (4 eps)
Willard Sage as Major (4 eps)
Robert Q. Lewis as Ray Hatch (4 eps)
Montie Plyer as Angulia (4 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Western
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 08:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January 24, 1965
Ended: September 04, 1966
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