The Young Country (1970)

The Young Country was a 74-minute 1970 American western made-for-TV film, written and directed by Roy Huggins (creator of TV's Maverick). It starred Walter Brennan, Joan Hackett, Wally Cox, Pete Duel and Roger Davis. Made as a pilot for a potential series, The Young Country was about con artists in the Old West. TV Guide describes The Young Country as a lighthearted "Movie of the Week" Western, where a footloose young gambler is searching for the owner of a mysterious fortune. The Young Country was rejected as a series by ABC; however, they broadcast it as an ABC Movie of the Week. Roy Huggins went on to develop a pilot, Alias Smith and Jones, which ABC accepted and was turned into a series of the same name. That followed the adventures of two reformed outlaws, who in character were not dissimilar to those played by Pete Duel and Roger Davis in The Young Country.

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