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The name of Conway's character, Rango Starr, was (or course) a hit at the Beatle's drummer Ringo Starr. But there had been a popular "western" tune that was a best selling single (spoke-sung by Lorne Greene of BONANZA) called "RINGO". This explains the theme song of the show that was about this man who faced "danger", "this Texas Ranger, Rango, Rango, Rangooo!" But it was a poorly written series, despite the work of Conway, Marks, and Horton. None of the episodes are memorable at all (as compared to F-TROOP, BEST OF THE WEST, or even PISTOLS 'N' PETTICOATS). Interestingly Conway was to be luckier in Disney films in this period, frequently teamed with Don Knotts in movies like THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG. It was not until he became a regular with Carol Burnett (especially when teamed with fellow comic Harvey Korman, or when playing with Burnett as Miss Wiggins' boss, Tugboll) that Conway demonstrated his real gifts as a comic. RANGO, which I recall as a summer replacement show only, was just a brief side trip to real success.
I laughed so hard when I watched this (or anything on TV by Tim Conway)
and was surprised when it only lasted one season. the connection between Ringo and both Johnny Ringo (westerns) and Ringo Starr (music) was obvious to everyone back then because they were both very popular.
The show was some times silly and some times clever but always amusing.
Tim Conway had the amazing ability to make any script funny but didn't yet have the name recognition to attract an audience, at least that is what I assume since most people didn't learn about him until after they discovered him on the Carol Burnett Show which came a bit after Rango.
It looked bizarre and hilarious! I wonder whatever happened to that horse... He should have gotten more work!
Tim Conway is been one of my favorite comedians and stole the scenes in "McHale's Navy". Rango and his other late 60's effort "Turn On", a "Laugh-In" rip-off which didn't even make it to the end of the first episode on some stations, needs to be re-aired just for the camp factor.