Thursday, 11 September 2014

My Wife's Shocking TV Obsessions - Part 3

Alias Smith and Jones

Now I barely remember this one from childhood, Mrs Rockford has a much clearer recollection being a bit older!

Two cowboys constantly travelling, performing good deeds along the way, are my images.  Enough at least to find the name of Mel & Griff's  series  "Alas Smith & Jones" faintly amusing.

Described by Wikipedia as:
Alias Smith and Jones is an American Western series that originally aired onABC from January 1971 to January 1973. It stars Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes and Ben Murphy as Jedediah "Kid" Curry, outlaw cousins who are trying to reform."

These two handsome fellas took on all challenges in a most philosophical fashion, never wasting time with negativity about a situation (No belly-aching) instead pouring their energy into solving the darn thing!

A great funny eccentric TV programme that survived for 3 seasons.

Sadly, Pete Duel died early in the second series and they immediately replaced him with Roger Davis.

This was the guy that not only did the voice-over at the beginning, but played a bad guy on a previous episode.

Bizarrely, Roger Davis played the same character as Pete Duel.

Even more bizarrely, and just a bit screwed up - filming restarted only 12 hours after Pete Duel's death!

This was allegedly due to ABC threatening to sue if filming didn't continue - nice!

It may be my imagination (although very likely true) but co-star Ben Murphy can be seen sleep-walking through his role soon after the death - not surprising really.

This is one Mrs Rockford obsession that may be nearly over.

The loss of Pete Duel is too great!

So there ends the list of televisual treets.

Until next time!


  1. Again an interesting choice of programme, but just not the most interesting thing you've written

  2. Hi mog sorry to hear that you found these articles less interesting than my previous topics. I think sometimes the subject is more interesting than the writing and viva versa!

  3. I meant vice versa, but I quite like the mistake version!

  4. My wife and I really enjoyed your article. We remember the programme very well, how sad that a lovely man died so young! We think they should make a film version. I wonder who they could get to play the pair now?

  5. Thanks for your comments Mr Green. An interesting idea. Yes can anyone think of a pair of actors to star in a modern version?

  6. Sly Stallone and Arnie Schwarzenegger, they probably both need some extra cash

  7. Mel & Sue from the Bake-Off!

  8. I noticed that you spelt the word treats as "Treets" These were in fact a confectionery sold by Mars Limited in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. I believe that they appeared in the UK in the 1960s. I used to love them very much.