Set in the rough and tumble of Oklahoma Territory of the 1890's, the classic Western Cimarron City stars George Montgomery as Mayor Matthew Rockford, a cattle rancher and the son of the city's founder. Cimarron City has high hopes to become capital of the future state of Oklahoma, and Rockford and Sheriff Lane Temple (John Smith) struggle to keep law and order in the oil and gold boom town. Audrey Totter co-stars as Beth Purcell, owner of the boarding house. Jason Robards Sr. and Dan Blocker (Bonanza's Hoss Cartwright) play recurring roles.
A town like Cimarron City draws all manner of scalawags and hopefuls and the cast is filled with surprising guest stars, including Dan Duryea (Terror Town), Gary Merrill (Medicine man), June Lockhart (Medicine Man), Elizabeth Montgomery (Hired Hand), Pernell Roberts (Have Sword, Will Duel) and George Hamilton (The Beauty and the Sorrow).
At 6'3", George Montgomery was a real-life westerner, growing up on a homestead just south of the Canadian border in Montana before moving to Hollywood in the early thirties. Montgomery was a boxer before turning his talents to stunts and then acting, like John Wayne. He acted in over fifty Hollywood westerns and took on many other roles as well, before he had his own main characters on western television shows. he was a member of Hollywood Westerner's Hall of Fame and was granted the Ronald Reagan Award. A self taught artist and fine cabinet-maker, he created bronze busts of Clint Eastwood, Ronald Reagan, Gene Autry and Randolph Scott, as well of the dust of Dinah Shore on display at the Mission Hills Country Club in rancho Mirage, California.