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...The Wide Country was a western drama that revolved around champion all-around cowboy Mitch Guthrie, played by Earl Holliman, as he encountered adventures following the rodeo circuit while trying to persuade his younger brother Andy, played by Andrew Prine, to return to college and not become a "rodeo bum" like himself.

The show was telecast from September 20, 1962 until September 12, 1963 on NBC Thursday nights from 7:30-8:30 pm est. The show premiered in pilot form on March 12, 1962 as a dramatic presentation on Alcoa Premiere hosted by Fred Astaire. The pilot episode was entitled Second Chance and guest starred Cliff Robertson as a Korean War turncoat.

During its short run The Wide Country presented a long list of very impressive guest stars. Among them were: Steve Forrest, Billy Mumy, Noah Beery Jr., Joyce Bulifant, Wallace Ford, Roger Mobley, Ed Nelson, Joyce Van Patten, Claude Akins, Richard Jordan, Barbara Parkins, Michael Ansara, Ray Walston, Dan Duryea, Alan Hale Jr., Edgar Buchanan, Victor Jory, Diane Ladd, James Caan, Forrest Tucker, Eddie Albert, Jack Cassidy, Patty Duke, Vito Scotti, Teddy Eccles, Anne Helm, Jacqueline Scott, Slim Pickens, Yvonne Craig, Peggy McCay, Laura Devon, Kathryn Hays, Barbara Luna, Eduard Franz, Mala Powers, Alejandro Rey, and Anthony George.

The Cast

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Earl Holliman

Earl Holliman played the role of Mitch Guthrie. Mr. Holliman has had a long career as an actor. In 1956 he won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role in The Rainmaker with Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster. He has appeard in many movies. The most notable are Giant, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Sons of Katie Elder, and Summer and Smoke. His many television appearances include, in addition to The Wide Country, Police Woman, Hotel de Paree, the first episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Where is Everybody?", the mini-series The Thorn Birds, and the Gunsmoke made for T.V. movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge.

Andrew Prine

Andrew Prine played the role of Mitch's younger brother Andy. Mr. Prine's acting career began on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Look Homeward Angel. His first film role was that of James Keller, Helen Keller's brother in The Miracle Worker with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. The Wide Country was Mr. Prine's first starring role in a T.V. series.

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