Frontier Gentleman

Frontier Gentleman

John Dehner

Born: November 23, 1915; Staten Island, New York

Died: February 4, 1992; Santa Barbara, California of emphysema and diabetes


CBS, 1958

Frontier Gentleman was a western adventure featuring J.B. Kendall, an English journalist who traveled through the west in the 1870s to report for the London Times. Along the way, he encountered various fictional drifters and outlaws in addition to well-known historical figures, such as Jesse James, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. The series was heard on CBS from February 2 to November 16, 1958, initially heard Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm through March when it moved to 7pm.

The character's full name is Jeremy Brian Kendall; this was revealed in the episode "Belle Sidon's Encore". Kendall was played by John Dehner. Kendall was also a gunman and a participant in much of the life of the west.

It was written and directed by Antony Ellis. Music for the series was by Wilbur Hatch and Jerry Goldsmith, who also supplied the opening trumpet theme. The announcers were Dan Cubberly, Johnny Jacobs, Bud Sewell and John Wald.

Supporting cast: Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris, Johnny Jacobs, Joseph Kearns, Jack Kruschen, Jack Moyles, Jeanette Nolan, Vic Perrin and Barney Phillips.

Listen to the aforementioned "Belle Siddons Encore" first broadcast on August 24, 1958