The Great Adventure
is a historical
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anthology series that appeared on CBS
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for the 1963
The year 1963 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television-related events in 1963.-Events:*January 13 – BBC Television broadcasts the play The Madhouse on Castle Street in the Sunday-Night Theatre strand...
The year 1964 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television-related events in 1964.For the American TV schedule, see: 1964-65 American network television schedule.-Events:...
television season. The series, hosted
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each week by Van Heflin
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, and featuring theme music by Richard Rodgers
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, presented each week a one-hour drama
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tization of the lives of famous American
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s and important historical events in American History
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The series lasted for only 26 episodes, and showed, among others, stories on the Confederate submarine, the Hunley
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; the life of Harriet Tubman
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; the Battles of Lexington and Concord
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; the trial
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of Nathan Hale
Nathan Hale was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission in New York City but was captured by the British...
; the life of "Boss" Tweed; the death of Sitting Bull
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; the siege of Boonesborough
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; the capture of Jefferson Davis
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; the life and death of Wild Bill Hickok
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; and the Battle of New Orleans
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Notable guest stars
Among those who appeared in the series were:
- Claude Akins
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- Whit Bissell
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- Lloyd Bridges
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- Howard Caine
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- Carroll O'Connor
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- Michael Constantine
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- Jackie Cooper
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- Joseph Cotton
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- Robert Culp
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- Robert Cummings
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- Ossie Davis
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- Ruby Dee
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- John Dehner
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- Ivan Dixon
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- Andrew Duggan
-Career:During World War II, Duggan was in the 40th Special Services Company, led by actor Melvyn Douglas in the China Burma India Theater of World War II. His contact with Douglas later led to his performing with Lucille Ball in the play Dreamgirl. He developed a friendship with Broadway...
- Bernard Fox
- Peter Graves
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- Ron Howard
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- Russell Johnson
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- Victor Jory
Victor Jory was a Canadian actor.-Biography:Born in Dawson City, Yukon, Jory was the boxing and wrestling champion of the Coast Guard during his military service, and he kept his burly physique. He toured with theater troupes and appeared on Broadway, before making his Hollywood debut in 1930...
- Jack Klugman
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- James MacArthur
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- Lee Marvin
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- Peggy McCay
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- Ricardo Montalbán
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- Denver Pyle
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- Wayne Rogers
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- Marion Ross
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- Rip Torn
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- Jack Warden
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- H.M. Wynant
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| Episode # || Episode title || Original airdate
|| "The Hunley"
|| September 27, 1963
|| "The Death of Sitting Bull" (part one)
|| October 4, 1963
|| "The Massacre at Wounded Knee" (part two)
|| October 11, 1963
|| "Six Wagons To Sea"
|| October 18, 1963
|| "The Story of Nathan Hale"
|| October 25, 1963
|| "Go Down, Moses"
|| November 1, 1963
|| "The Great Diamond Mountain"
|| November 8, 1963
|| "The Treasure Train of Jefferson Davis"
|| November 15, 1963
|| "The Outlaw and the Nun"
|| December 6, 1963
|| "The Man Who Stole New York City"
|| December 13, 1963
|| "A Boy At War"
|| December 20, 1963
|| "Wild Bill Hickok- The Legend and the Man"
|| January 3, 1964
|| "The Colonel From Connecticut"
|| January 10, 1964
|| "Teeth of the Lion"
|| January 17, 1964
|| "Rodger Young"
|| January 24, 1964
|| "The Testing of Sam Houston"
|| February 7, 1964
|| "The Special Courage of Captain Pratt"
|| February 14, 1964
|| "The Night Raiders"
|| February 21, 1964
|| "The Plague"
|| February 28, 1964
|| "The Pathfinder"
|| March 6, 1964
|| "The President Vanishes"
|| March 13, 1964
|| "The Henry Berch Story"
|| March 20, 1964
|| "Kentucky's Bloody Ground" (part one)
|| April 3, 1964
|| "The Siege of Boonesborough" (part two)
|| April 10, 1964
|| April 17, 1964
|| "The Pirate and the Patriot"
|| May 1, 1964
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- Theme music