Stoney Burke/The Contender

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The Contender
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate October 1, 1962
Written by Leslie Stevens
Directed by Leslie Stevens
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The Contender is the first episode of the first season of Stoney Burke, and the first episode overall.

Guest Stars: Philip Abbott (Royce Hamilton), Ruby Lee (Cleo Ann), Kate Manx (Erlie Bristol), Bruce Dern (E.J. Stocker)


Plot Overview

Stoney Burke is a rodeo rider competing to win the prestigious Golden Buckle. He encounters resentment from the family of a fellow rider who died in an accident during competition.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Kate Manx was the then-wife of creator/producer Leslie Stevens.

Due to the show's connection with The Outer Limits, I will point out actors/writers/directors that worked on the show whenever possible. This will be a bit of a work in progress, so please bear with me. Anyhow, there's Leslie Stevens, who of course created OL and was that series' Executive Producer, as well as a frequent writer and director for that series. Series regulars Warren Oates and Bruce Dern appeared on OL, Dern in the episode "The Zanti Misfits". Guest star Philip Abbott appeared in the episodes "ZZZZZ" and "The Borderland".

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments



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