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|Created by||James E. Moser|
|Starring|| Richard Crenna |
|Theme music composer||Nathan Scott|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1.5|
|No. of episodes||36|
|Executive producer||James E. Moser|
|Production companies|| Bing Crosby Productions,|
in association with Pendick Enterprises and the CBS Television Network (filmed at the studios of Desilu)
|Distributor|| Viacom |
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current)
|Original release||September 21, 1964 –|
November 26, 1965
Slattery's People is a 1964–65 American television series about local politics starring Richard Crenna as title character James Slattery, a state legislator, co-starring Ed Asner and Tol Avery, and featuring Carroll O'Connor and Warren Oates in a couple of episodes each. James E. Moser was executive producer. The program, telecast on CBS, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Slattery's People is mainly notable for having been one of the few American television series spotlighting the travails of local politicians, a topic that other programs of the period mainly avoided. Episodes opened with the following admonition: "Democracy is a very bad form of government. But I ask you never to forget: All the others are so much worse."
Many television critics highly praised the series. Many politicians also approved of the program. U.S. Representative James C. Corman said in a Congressional Record statement on September 30, 1964, “I am pleased that they have taken the high road to show a legislator’s life, and have not pandered to sensationalism or unreality to stimulate an audience following.” This series was a major career change for Crenna. Following more than a decade as a lead actor in two popular network comedies, Our Miss Brooks and The Real McCoys , his role as Jim Slattery opened doors for later guest appearances in several dramatic programs and feature films.
Moser's script for the pilot ("Question: What is truth?") was printed as an appendix in Teleplay; an introduction to television writing by Coles Trapnell.
Television composer Nathan Scott wrote the theme music for Slattery's People.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Question: What is the Truth?"||Lamont Johnson||James E. Moser||September 21, 1964|
|2||2||"Question: Why the Lonely, Why the Misbegotten?"||TBA||Barry Trivers||September 28, 1964|
|3||3||"Question: Remember the Dark Sins of Youth?"||TBA||Dean Riesner||October 5, 1964|
|4||4||"Question: Whatever Happened to Ezra?"||TBA||TBA||October 12, 1964|
|5||5||"Question: What Are You Doing Out There, Waldo?"||TBA||TBA||October 19, 1964|
|6||6||"Question: What Became of the White Tortilla?"||Sydney Pollack||Jack Guss & William P. McGivern||October 26, 1964|
|7||7||"Question: Where Vanished the Tragic Piper?"||TBA||Anthony Lawrence||November 2, 1964|
|8||8||"Question: Is Laura the Name of the Game?"||TBA||Norman Katkov||November 9, 1964|
|9||9||"Question: What is a Genius Worth This Week?"||TBA||Jack Guss||November 16, 1964|
|10||10||"Question: What is Honor, What is Death?"||TBA||William P. McGivern||November 23, 1964|
|11||11||"Question: Do the Ignorant Sleep in Pure White Beds?"||TBA||TBA||November 30, 1964|
|12||12||"Question: Which One Has the Privilege?"||TBA||Norman Katkov||December 7, 1964|
|13||13||"Question: How Long is the Shadow of a Man?"||TBA||Bob & Wanda Duncan||January 1, 1965|
|14||14||"Question: What is a Requiem for a Loser?"||TBA||Jack Guss||January 8, 1965|
|15||15||"Question: What Did You Do All Day, Mr. Slattery?"||TBA||William P. McGivern||January 15, 1965|
|16||16||"Question: How Do You Fall in Love with a Town?"||TBA||TBA||January 22, 1965|
|17||17||"Question: Does Nero Still at Ringside Sit?"||TBA||Dean Riesner||February 5, 1965|
|18||18||"Question: How Do You Catch a Cool Bird of Paradise?"||Mark Rydell||Michael Zagor||February 12, 1965|
|19||19||"Question: When Do We Hang the Good Samaritan?"||TBA||Bob & Wanda Duncan||February 19, 1965|
|20||20||"Question: Is Democracy Too Expensive?"||Robert Gist||S. Lee Pogostin||February 26, 1965|
|21||21||"Question: Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?"||Richard C. Sarafian||William P. McGivern||March 5, 1965|
|22||22||"Question: Who You Takin' to the Main Event, Eddie?"||TBA||TBA||March 12, 1965|
|23||23||"Question: What's New in Timbuctoo?"||TBA||TBA||March 19, 1965|
|24||24||"Question: Bill Bailey, Why Did You Come Home?"||TBA||Stanford Whitmore||April 2, 1965|
|25||25||"Question: What Time is the Next Bandwagon?"||TBA||Preston Wood||April 9, 1965|
|26||26||"Question: What's a Swan Song for a Sparrow?"||Robert Gist||Jack Guss||April 16, 1965|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|27||1||"A Sitting Duck Named Slattery"||TBA||Preston Wood||September 17, 1965|
|28||2||"He Who Has Ears, Let Him Bug Someone Else"||TBA||David Rintels||September 24, 1965|
|29||3||"How Impregnable is a Magic Tower?"||TBA||Sheldon Stark||October 1, 1965|
|30||4||"The Unborn"||TBA||Pat Fielder||October 8, 1965|
|31||5||"Rally Round Your Own Flag, Mister"||TBA||David Karp||October 15, 1965|
|32||6||"What Can You Do with a Wounded Tiger?"||TBA||Bob & Wanda Duncan||October 22, 1965|
|33||7||"The Hero"||TBA||Preston Wood||November 5, 1965|
|34||8||"Of Damon, Pythias and Sleeping Dogs"||TBA||TBA||November 12, 1965|
|35||9||"The Last Commuter"||Marc Daniels||David Karp||November 19, 1965|
|36||10||"Color Him Red"||TBA||Pat Fielder||November 26, 1965|
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