Flush with the success of three seasons of “Range Rider” (‘50-‘53) and several starring films and serials (“Cody of the Pony Express”, “Kangaroo Kid”, “Rough Tough West”, “Overland Pacific”, “Showdown at Abilene”, etc.), Jock Mahoney (1919-1989) signed on with CBS in 1958 as riverboat gambler “Yancy Derringer”, a half hour series was set in New Orleans in 1868 following the Civil War.
Yancy was an ex-Confederate captain turned gambler who is actually a special agent working for John Colton (Kevin Hagen), beleaguered Civil Administrator of New Orleans, to rid the burgeoning city of its criminal element. Not unlike the Lone Ranger, Yancy’s faithful companion was full blooded Pawnee
Brands (1927-2000) once said, “Jocko was always there when you needed him. We were the greatest of friends. He was the greatest guy in the world. When I came on the show, he came up to me…he never stole scenes…our work together was the greatest. He loved everybody. I never heard this man put another man down. He was so beautiful.”
Mahoney was fond of the series, “the scripting was a major plus factor in the success of the show. Richard Sale and Mary Loos, the husband and wife writing team, were the inspiration behind the series.” Sale and Loos owned the series together with exec producers Warren Lewis and Don Sharpe. Jocko had a 25% interest.
Yancy was a debonair man (yet he carried a derringer in his fancy hat) with a definite preference for ladies, in particular Madame Francine (Frances Bergen), owner of a club on Bourbon Street which was Yancy’s unofficial base of operations. A host of other talented lovelies passed through the series—and Jocko’s arms—Beverly Garland, Julie Adams, Yvette Mimieux, Ruta Lee, Karen Sharpe,