Like old westerns? I was too busy being a kid at the time to have watched this back when , so it is a great treasure to see it now for the first time. Well done - I looked forward to each episode and was sorry to get to the final disc. I find todays TV to be REALLY uninteresting. This blast from the past is much more to my liking!
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Vintage TV WesternFeb. 18 2008
C. M. Street
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If you asked fans of old TV western series to recall the names of 5 or even 10 series from the heyday of the era in the late 50's ,early 60's it is unlikely thatCimarron City would be one of those mentioned. Not because it was bad series, more likely because it ran only one season of 26 episodes at a time when the airwaves were dominated by over 20 westerns per week. It is also sometimes confused with the later Stuart Whitman series `Cimarron Strip'
Surprising, but welcome therefore, that Timeless Media have released a dozen of those episodes along with several other western series recently.
Cimarron City appeared in the 50 minute format from 1958/60. Starring George Montgomery, an excellent western hero from many features in the late 40's/50's.
It was a `Mont Production' indicating Montgomery had a hand in the production.
Montgomery played Matt Rockford cattle rancher & mayor of Cimarron City in the 1890's. His father had been the founder of the town & Rockford was anxious for it to grow & prosper. Also in the regular cast were Audrey Totter as hotel owner Beth Purcell & John Smith (later star of Laramie) as Deputy Sheriff Lane Temple. Also appearing was Dan Blocker of Bonanza fame who had a recurring role as Tiny Buddinger, a townsman & slight comic relief. Curiously in an early episode Blocker played a villain of the same name.Montgomery does not appear in every episode.
Cimarron City was very much an adult western. relying on strong plotlines & characterisation rather than fights, chases & gunplay. Numerous guest stars included Fred MacMurray in the pilot (sadly not included in this set) the always menacing Dan Duryea, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dorothy Provine & J Carrol Naish. Seasoned western aficionados will also spot Don Megowan & the ever sneering Robert Wilke in familiar roles. Interesting plots include the tracking of a mysterious beast & the outbreak of bubonic plague, along with the usual western fare.
The episodes in this set comprise
2 Terror Town 3 To Become a Man 5 Medicine Man 6 Hired Hand 8 Beast of the Cimarron 10 The Bloodline 13 The Bitter Lesson 18 Beauty & the Sorrow 19 Return of the Dead 22 The Ratman 23 Have Sword, Will Duel 26 The Evil One
It appears that the deal struck between Timeless Media & NBC relates only to the `rights' to issue these series, not the supply of original prints which apparently are very costly to remaster. Accordingly Timeless have to track down their own prints which seem to come from 16mm sources. They do seem to have found some decent masters here & although they are not as sharp & detailed as studio prints, are still quite clean & clear. Do not expect the same quality obtainable from some other black & white series such as `Gunsmoke' or `Rawhide' currently available from Paramount. There are the odd flecks & scratches & they are not as `sharp as some but perfectly watchable. Sound seems fine & quite distinct.
There are 3 discs (4 episodes per disc), each in its own case in an outer slip case.
If you prefer the `Roy Rogers' style western with lots of action then these may disappoint, on the other hand if you like `Gunsmoke' with its more involved storylines then I'm sure this will appeal. I think TV western fans familiar with the genre should enjoy.
I was unsure whether to award 4 or 5 stars, based on the print quality, but all things considered & knowing the problems involved I have given it 5. It is pleasing that Timeless have released Cimarron City as the major studios would never consider it & it is probably the only opportunity we will get to revisit some of these vintage shows.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I was dissapointed that firstly, there were only 12 episodes on the box set and also the fact that they didn't appear to be in chronological order. For someone viewing this for the first time, as I was, it made it really disjointed and you didn't get a sense of continuity or getting to know the characters as you would if you watched a series in its entireity and in order. I get very cynical with 'best of' box sets as this would seemingly appear to be designed to be ( although I have heard that there were much better episodes not included - 'Blind is the Killer' for one) particullary if there is an intention at a later date to release the show in its entireity. I think if you are going to release a one season show like this, its not helpful to just release a few episodes - I really think it should be all or nothing. Have to say I was very dissapointed as a result.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Unlike Any Western You Have SeenJune 2 2008
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The show aired for one season from October 1959 to April 1960. 32 episodes were produced but the set contains only 12 one hour shows. I'm not sure how the 12 episodes were picked. It's hard to judge the quality of a show when you have only a third of the episodes on which to base your opinion. The setting for the show is in Oklahoma post Civil War era. Matt Rockford is the mayor of Cimmaron City and is the central character who solves all the town's problems and mysteries. Although the show is set in the Wild West, many of the plots are not really traditionally western in nature. For example, there is one show where Matt Rockford is a prisoner in a silver mine. Another show is something out of horror movie which features a severely deformed many who travels down the Oklahoma territory killing innocent people. There are a few good shows that fit with the western style genre. For example the episode To Become a Man is classic for it's portrayal of honor, courage, manhood, and western style shootouts. I guess you can say that Cimmaron City is an action/mystery show that is set in the west.
The quality of the video and audio is less than desirable and the acting is not as good as you would see in other westerns such as Gunsmoke and the Rifleman. I love westerns from the 1950s era but I really struggle with this one. It is no where near a 5 star rating but I'm not sure it is a low as a three either. If you love westerns you should get this show to fill out your collection. If you are looking for a top quality show, I wouldn't buy it.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A stepping stone for future tv starsMarch 26 2012
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This series starred George Montgomery as the Mayor of Cimarron.He would appear in some but not all of the episodes.In real life he was once a stuntman before he took up acting and appeared in numerous films in the fifties.This is an action-packed series shot in black and white.A good adequate western series that deserves to finally have all 26 episodes released on DVD by Timeless Media Group. This series should have lasted longer,but,if it had,two of the actors would have missed out on their most famous roles.After this series John Smith who plays the sheriff Lane Temple would go on to play Slim Sherman on the hit series "Laramie" and Dan Blocker who plays Tiny Budinger the blacksmith here would go onto play the iconic character of Hoss Cartwright on the huge television hit "Bonanza"In fact his character here with handle-brush moustache is very similar to Hoss Cartwright.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Very Satisfied CustomerJune 19 2012
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I purchased Cimarron City from Amazon and we are working our way through this series, as with some other TV series I don't remember watching this when it was first on TV, my wife and I are getting a lot of enjoyment from each episode, very good story line and very good family viewing. As I have said many times before the quality of the picture, sound and package cannot be faulted, this applies to all I have received from both Amazon and Timeless Media Group.