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The Adventures of Jim Bowie

The Adventures of Jim Bowie


Based on The Tempered Blade by Monte Barrett, this series debuted in 1956 and featured Scott Forbes as real life early 19th century American adventurer, plantation owner, and hero of the Alamo, Jim Bowie. Bowie is remembered for designing a knife that still bears his name.

Episodes opened with the "chunk" of the renowned knife being thrown into a door as Ken Darby and The King's Men broke into the show's theme song:

Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie
He was a bold adventurin' man!
Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie,
Battled for right with a powerful hand!

His blade was tempered and so was he;
Indestructible steel was he!
Jim Bowie, Jim Bowie,
He was a fighter, a fearless and mighty adventurin' man!

A hand gripped the knife's hilt and yanked the blade from the wood. Scott Forbes then stepped into view clad in fringed buckskins. Brandishing the knife in a confident and no nonsense manner, Scott (as Bowie) glared boldly as well as seductively to the left, the right, and finally into the viewer's eyes as he opened the door and stepped inside. The show's Main Title and theme song are remembered today by legions of babyboomer fifties TV fans.

The show dramatized Jim's adventures with a variety of genteel plantation folk and not-so-nice frontier characters in Louisiana's bayou country. The show appealed to both adults and children and generated merchandise that included toys and comic books.
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Episode Info

Final: 2x38 -- The Puma (May/23/1958)


Bowie is unable to make a trip to Texas so he sends his friend instead--wearing his clothes and riding his horse.
Cast
Scott ForbesScott Forbes
As Jim Bowie
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Crew

Executive Producer: Louis F. Edelman
Producer: William H. Wright
Music: Ken Darby
Music Supervisor: E.C. Norton
Set Decorator: John MacNeil (2)
Other: Robert Reeve
Director of Photography: Charles Straumer
Production Supervisor: Argyle Nelson
Art Director: Albert Pyke, Ralph Berger
Production Manager: Sydney M. Fogel

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Recurring Guests

William Schallert as Justinian Tebbs (7 eps)
Joyce Vanderveen as Maria de Gravien (7 eps)
Paul Playdon as Francois de Gravien (6 eps)
Peter Hansen (1) as Rezin Bowie (6 eps)
Maurice Marsac as Jacques Juventin (4 eps)
Peter Mamakos as Jean Lafitte (4 eps)
Richard Hale as Captain Jeffers (4 eps)
Ivan Triesault as Maurice Toulouse (4 eps)
Kem Dibbs as Gypsy Joe (4 eps)
Lorna Thayer as Celeste Durand (4 eps)

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