In Branded, Chuck Connors plays the part of Captain Jason McCord, West Point graduate and decorated Cavalry officer. As the sole survivor of the Battle at Bitter Creek, an Apache Indian massacre, he is judged to have deserted the field of battle and is stripped of his rank. He is branded a coward and a disgrace in the eyes of the world.
McCord roams the West in search of redemption and justice, for others and ultimately for himself. His exciting travels take him into the lives of many others searching for the dream of the American West. He moves from one town and job to the next, plying his training as an engineer. He always takes the time to lend a hand, to right a wrong and to stand up to injustice. From time to time, President Ulysses S. Grant recruits him for daring undercover missions, which he courageously undertakes, but his disgrace and shame follow him wherever he goes.
A mark of its success is the number and quality of television stars that appeared in guest roles: Alex Cord, June Lockhart, Claude Akins, Harry Carey Jr., Jay Silverheels, Kathy Garver, Michael Ansara, John Carradine, Patrick Wayne, Cesar Romero, Jim Davis, John Mitchum, Michael Rennie, Lee Van Cleef, Pat O'Brien, Dick Clark, Pamelyn Ferdin, Bruce Dern, Martin Landau, Beau Bridges, Robert Lansing, Peter Graves, Burgess Meredith and Morgan Brittany.
Back in 2004-05, the folks at Timeless Media Group released both seasons of the classic Chuck Connors western series as separate sets. Now they're coming over the hill with Branded - The Complete Series
, a 6-disc set with 48 episodes that charges your way on February 16th
. The 1144 minute set is in full screen video, and English audio, for $69.98 SRP. Below is a list of the bonus material that's included, followed by a picture of the box art:
- The Rifleman: “Day of the Hunter”
- Four Star Playhouse: “Vote of Confidence”
- Chuck Connors Biography
- Branded Creator Larry Cohen: "A Career and a Coward Are Born"
- Branded Creator Larry Cohen: "Turmoil on the Set"
- Branded Creator Larry Cohen: "Life After Branded"