Temple Houston

In the middle of July 1963, actor Jeffrey Hunter had reason to feel upbeat. For on thing, he and his family were vacationing in Acapulco. For another, things seemed right in his acting career as well. Director John Ford had just hired Hunter as the fifth star of Ford’s new Western, The Long Flight (released as Cheyenne Autumn). He’d join a cast that already included James Stewart and Richard Widmark in what would be his fourth film with the great director.
The news had come on the heels of an announcement from Warner Brothers that Hunter had signed a long term contract for film and television work, beginning with a television Western pilot shot that March, Temple Houston.
The pilot focused on the exploits of lawyer Temple Houston, son of famed Texan Sam Houston. Hunter not only played the lead but co-produced as well. NBC targeted the series for the 1964-65 season. Two additional announcements from Warner Brothers also guaranteed Jeff work. First, the studio said it would add 30 minutes of story to the 57-minute original pilot and release the new film overseas. Second, a new test film, this one 90 minutes long, in color, …………………..