Broken Arrow Western TV Series

27 Feb


Broken Arrow is a Western series which ran on ABC-TV in prime time from 1956 through 1958 on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Repeat episodes were shown by ABC on Sunday afternoon during the 1959–60 season. Selected repeats were then shown once again in prime time (on Sunday evenings) during the summer of 1960.

Broken Arrow is a fictionalized account of the historical relationship between Indian agent Tom Jeffords, played by John Lupton, and the Chiricahua Apache chief Cochise, portrayed by Michael Ansara.


Anthony Caruso, John Lupton as Tom Jeffords and Michael Ansara as Cochise, 1957.

The series was based on the novel Blood Brother by Elliott Arnold, which was made into the movie Broken Arrow in 1950. The television pilot aired on May 1, 1956 on CBS’s The 20th Century-Fox Hour, with Lupton in the title role. The series, which began on September 25, 1956, was produced by TCF Television Productions, the TV division of 20th Century-Fox and was filmed at 20th Century-Fox Studios. The series was syndicated under the title Cochise.

Broken Arrow was one of the few westerns to portray Native Americans in a positive light, but Michael Ansara found the role unchallenging. Ansara told TV Guide magazine in a 1960 interview: “Cochise could do one of two things–stand with his arms folded, looking noble; or stand with arms at his sides, looking noble.”[1]

Tom Fadden (1895-1980) played the character Duffield in seventy episodes of the series. Early in his career, Sam Peckinpah was among the writers on the series.

In the second season opener, “White Man’s Magic” (October 1, 1957), Peter Hansen appears as Captain Farrell, whose fiance, Peggy, portrayed by Nan Leslie, is kidnapped in a stagecoach attack by Apache renegades led by Geronimo, portrayed in this segment by Ric Roman and later in film by Chuck Connors. Jeffords and Cochise succeed in freeing Peggy by making Geronimo think he is facing death from a bullet that has actually been successfully extracted from his body.[2]


Posted by on MonAmerica/New_York2017-02-27T08:47:00+00:00America/New_York02bAmerica/New_YorkMon, 27 Feb 2017 08:47:00 +0000 31, in 1940s, 1950s, westerns



9 responses to “Broken Arrow Western TV Series

  1. vickgoodwin

    MonAmerica/New_York2016-06-20T09:49:42+00:00America/New_York06bAmerica/New_YorkMon, 20 Jun 2016 09:49:42 +0000 31, at 9:49 am

    I have never seen this but that looks like it would be good. I wonder if they will play it on one of those western channels now.


  2. Patty B

    WedAmerica/New_York2016-06-22T13:36:09+00:00America/New_York06bAmerica/New_YorkWed, 22 Jun 2016 13:36:09 +0000 31, at 1:36 pm

    I also have not seen it but I did enjoy Michael Ansara in Centennial. He portrayed Lame Beaver perfectly.

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  3. America On Coffee

    WedAmerica/New_York2016-06-22T19:17:25+00:00America/New_York06bAmerica/New_YorkWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:17:25 +0000 31, at 7:17 pm

    He was always so enjoyable. In real life, I believe he married ‘I dream of Jeannie’. (???)


  4. barkhabale

    SunAmerica/New_York2016-06-26T13:58:38+00:00America/New_York06bAmerica/New_YorkSun, 26 Jun 2016 13:58:38 +0000 31, at 1:58 pm

    great :)

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  5. penneyvanderbilt

    TueAmerica/New_York2016-06-28T13:03:09+00:00America/New_York06bAmerica/New_YorkTue, 28 Jun 2016 13:03:09 +0000 31, at 1:03 pm

    Reblogged this on KCJones.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. America On Coffee

    WedAmerica/New_York2016-06-29T16:54:17+00:00America/New_York06bAmerica/New_YorkWed, 29 Jun 2016 16:54:17 +0000 31, at 4:54 pm

    Thank you, penneyvanderbilt for the reblog.:-)


  7. GP Cox

    ThuAmerica/New_York2016-06-30T11:29:05+00:00America/New_York06bAmerica/New_YorkThu, 30 Jun 2016 11:29:05 +0000 31, at 11:29 am

    Another forgotten series – and I used to enjoy this too! My memory sure is shot, thanks for the reminder!

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  8. America On Coffee

    FriAmerica/New_York2016-07-01T17:05:15+00:00America/New_York07bAmerica/New_YorkFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:05:15 +0000 31, at 5:05 pm

    Western paratroopers must never forget their roots. But if you do, AOCs Miss Back in The Day USA will take you beyond the Bermuda Triangle into time zones down memory lane. Ha ha ha ha, sharing special times is so fun!:-)

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  9. GP Cox

    FriAmerica/New_York2016-07-01T17:58:13+00:00America/New_York07bAmerica/New_YorkFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:58:13 +0000 31, at 5:58 pm

    That it is!

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