Thursday, August 18, 2011

Michael Parks in Then Came Bronson (1969)

Jim Bronson is a free wheeling symbol of America's discontent. He rides around the country, searching for meaning and helping to make things right with the people he encounters. This series, which lasted a year on NBC started life as a TV movie in which Bronson, a newspaper reporter loses his best friend (Martin Sheen) to suicide. This prompts a reevaluation of his priorities and sets him off on a new course as a wanderer.
The original film was released as a feature in Europe. Look for Sheree North in a small role.

This pilot film has been released on DVD, but the series has yet to be so honored. Above is the entire film, uploaded to YouTube by Meckipsychman.

Obscurity factor: 4 (remembered by fans, otherwise largely forgotten, partially on DVD and YouTube)


  1. LOVE Bonnie Bedelia - I remember watching her in the '73 TV movie, "Message to My Daughter" - very controversial, though maybe not in the 70s. My parents had left us at home for the evening (I was 11), and my sister and I were able to watch it. Mom and Dad would have had a FIT.

  2. If you're a Michael Parks, Then Came Bronson fan and enjoy TV shows from the 1960s and 1970s, you'll like this site: