The Rifleman
When the West Was Fun!

A 1979 TV Special ~Western Reunion


Here you will find the greatest of TV western stars gathered together to pay tribute to the most memorable cowboy hero's and their series. You'll find everything from bar room brawls ~ to everyday fights ~ cowboys good and bad ~ women of the west ~ Indians ~ faithful companions ~ cheating card players ~ props ~ who's the fastest draw ~ to Johnny Crawford singing
"Cowboy in shorts"
 *Please be patient while this song loads, it may take a few seconds to load but is well worth the wait!
Please note..... when clicking on the link to this sound wav - it will download to your computer.

To Roy, Dale and the Sons of the Pioneers singing a tribute to the Duke. All I can tell you is how much I enjoyed this show. It was so much fun, it reminded me of the days when I would enjoy watching these great westerns.

Near the end of the show when everyone was setting around the campfire, Glenn Ford said
"This one's for you Duke!" 
This was not rehearsed nor was it expected.  The tribute to the Duke was Glenn Ford's idea.  John Wayne was in the hospital at the time and was to be watching.

 Do you know who the ole' timer was who kept asking ~ "Where's Roy?"
Fred Putman #16 was an
Executive in charge of Production - When The West Was Fun special for ABC-TV

The Cowboy Corral

(1) Dewey Martin (2) Johnny Crawford (3) Chuck Connors (4) Glenn Ford (5) Alan Hale Jr. (6) Henry Darrow
(7) Larry Storch (8) Neville Brand (9) Denver Pyle (10) Iron Eyes Cody (11) Harry Lauter (12) Jeanette Nolan (13) John Ireland (42) Darby Hinton (15) Joe Bowman (16) Fred Putman (17) Pat Buttram (18) Milburn Stone (19) Dan Haggerty (20) Guy Madison (21) Rex Allen (22) John Bromfield (23) Keenan Wynn (24) Jackie Coogan (25) George Montgomery (26) X Brands (27) Bill Williams (28) Michael Ansara (29) Slim Pickins (30) Dick Jones (31) Don Diamond (32) Ken Curtis (33) John Russell (34) Peter Brown (35) James Drury (36) Rod Cameron (37) Jock Mahoney (38) Jack Kelly (39) Tony Young (40) John McIntire (41) Ty Hardin (14) Mark Slade (43) Lee Van Cleef (44) Will Hutchins (45) Terry Wilson (46) Clayton Moore (47) Doug McClure and (48) Linda Cristal
There are 48 Cowboys & Cowgirls in this picture.....but "Where's Roy & Dale?"

piddlin' stuff.....Holly Bane aka Mike Ragan was one of the make-up artist for this show.  He has done the make-up on shows such as Fish ~ General Hospital ~ Family Feud ~ Welcome Back, Kotter and Barney Miller and The Good Earth.  Besides being a make-up artist he is an actor.  He has done oodles of guest appearances on TV dating back as far as The Lone Ranger up to The Wild, Wild West.
He also has done a lot of movies!

Director: Walter C. Miller  Writer: Fred Putman

If anyone would like an 8 x 10 picture of the Cowboy Corral with their names (no hard copies - email only), please get with

Tom Mix once said.....
"the old west is not a certain place in a certain time ~ it's whatever you want it to be."

"Together lets keep the westerns alive!"

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