Alias Smith and Jones

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Alias Smith and Jones was a television comedy-western series on ABC from 1971 to 1973, starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy.

The basic thrust of the series was that two well-meaning outlaws, Hannibal Heyes (played initially by Duel and later by Roger Davis) and Kid Curry, a sharp-shooter played by Murphy, wished to go straight. They were promised a pardon by the state governor on the understanding that they stayed out of trouble for a certain length of time.

In order to avoid capture, the two outlaws used the pseudonyms Joshua Smith and Thaddeus Jones. In almost every episode, they would find themselves with an opportunity to help someone, but at the risk of giving away their true identities. They were also being pursued by a detective from the Bannerman Detective Agency.

When Pete Duel died suddenly, on December 31, 1971—a possible suicide—an attempt was made to continue the series with another actor, Roger Davis, in the role of Heyes/Smith. The series continued for another year, but never regained its initial popularity.

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Alias Smith and Jones should not be confused with the later British comedy series Alas Smith and Jones.

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