|Sheriff of Cochise|
John Bromfield as Frank Morgan
|Also known as||''U.S. Marshal''|
|Created by||Mort Briskin, original format created by Stan Jones|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4 (2 as Sheriff of Cochise and 2 as U.S. Marshal)|
|No. of episodes||156 (78 as Sheriff of Cochise and 78 as U.S. Marshal)|
|Running time||25 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Desilu Productions|
National Telefilm Associates
|Distributor||National Telefilm Associates|
|Original release||September 14, 1956 –|
|Related shows||Highway Patrol|
Starring John Bromfield, the series aired seventy-eight episodes in syndication from September 1956 to January 1958, a large number of segments for such a short time frame. As U.S. Marshal, another seventy-eight episodes aired from October 1958 to April 1960 for a total of 156. Over 25 episodes have fallen into the public domain and have been released on DVD.
Bromfield portrays law enforcement officer Frank Morgan. In the first two seasons, Morgan is the sheriff of Cochise County in southern Arizona. In the third season, Desilu Studios boss Desi Arnaz, Sr., retitled the series so that Morgan would work throughout Arizona as a U.S. Marshal and be involved in a greater number of cases. The first-season episodes were later released under the alternative title, Man from Cochise. This program was produced by Desilu in association with National Telefilm Associates.
Stan Jones, author of the classic western song "Ghost Riders in the Sky", created the series and played Bromfield's top deputy, Harry Olson, in twenty-four episodes before he left the cast. In the first season, Frank Ferguson of the My Friend Flicka series appeared twice as Deputy Henry Murdock; also cast as deputies were Roy Engel, James Griffith, and Forrest Lewis.
Sheriff of Cochise has been loosely compared to another contemporary crime drama, Highway Patrol, starring Broderick Crawford. It is also similar in theme and setting to Rod Cameron's syndicated State Trooper.
"The Witnesses" (January 16, 1958) is the transitional episode leading to U.S. Marshal. In the story line, Sheriff Morgan transfers federal witnesses from Cochise County to the U.S. Marshal's office in Tucson. The criminal element tries to gun down the witnesses, and the current marshal is mortally wounded. Morgan is then appointed as the new marshal. The episode features Joe De Santis, Chris Alcaide, and Roy Barcroft.
U.S. Marshal guest stars
(Note: Several actors appeared in both Sheriff of Cochise and U.S. Marshal.)
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 749
- The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., September 26, 2005, p. B 4
- "Sheriff of Cochise (1956)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
- "Sheriff of Cochise Season 2 (Syndicated, 1957-1958)". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "U.S. Marshal". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 25, 2013.