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The Quest (Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson)


The legend of the Beaudine brothers has etched itself into frontier history in the last quarter of the 19th Century. Morgan "Two Persons" Beaudine, captured by Cheyenne and freed eight years later by the army; Quentin Beaudine, a young doctor from San Francisco. Across thousands of miles from the Missouri Breaks to the Canadian River, from the Rockies to the high plains, both joined together in a search for their sister, Patricia, still a captive of the Cheyenne. The legend of the Beaudine brothers - this is their story. This is The Quest.

This is the opening narration of each episode of one of my favorite Little Known and Long Forgotten TV Westerns. The Quest starred Kurt Russell as Morgan Two Persons Beaudine and Tim Matheson as his brother Quentin. †This 15 episode series aired September Ė December, 1976 on NBC.

Set in the 1890s, this series is the story of two brothers in search of their long-lost sister. †The Beaudine family had been traveling west by wagon train when attacked by Indians. †The parents were killed and Morgan and his sister Patricia taken as captives and raised by the Indians. †Brother, Quentin survived the attack and escaped, becaming famous as the ďboy who walked inĒ after the attack. †He later studied medicine in San Fransico and hopes to become a doctor.

As the series begins it is eight years after the attack and Quentin is asked to take charge of a White Cheyenne the army has captured. †The captive turns out to be his brother Morgan. †Learning that Patricia is still alive, Quentin is determined to find her before she enters into an Indian marriage. †Together, the two brothers set out in search of their sister.

Despite the appearance of some great guest stars---Will Hutchins, Gary Lockwood, Brian Keith, John Anderson, Cameron Mitchell, Neville Brand, and Keenan Wynn---The Quest could not survive the competition from Charlieís Angels. †And we never learned if the Beaudine brothers found Patricia.

Western Trivia
Tim Matheson appeared as Jim Horn on the 8th season of The Virginian in 1969. †He played Griff King on the final season of Bonanza in 1972-73.

Kurt Russell appeared in two episodes of Gunsmoke, starred in the TV series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, and appeared most famously as Wyatt Earp in the 1993 movie Tombstone.

Tim Matheson said the following of Kurt Russell

I learned a hell of a lot from my co-star, Kurt Russell. Heís one of my closest friends and was one of my best teachers. He was the pro. He approached it like a baseball player. Acting is a contact sport to him. Heís one of the most optimistic, fun, wiseacre type of guys Iíve ever have run into. You canít be pompous around him. I used to take acting so seriously, but after we did the Quest pilot and the show sold, Kurt said, ďYou know, you work too hard. Youíll make yourself sick. You canít work that hard doing a series, because it goes on so long. Itís like a baseball season. Youíve got 162 games. You canít just go all-out the first week or two. You canít maintain that pace.Ē And itís true. Then he said another brilliant thing. He had starred in umpteen movies by that point. And he said, ďGenerally speaking, in every film Iíve done, there are only about three or four scenes that I can really do something with. For the rest of it, itís not so much that you donít have to prepare, but thereís not much you can really do. You just do what is asked of you in those scenes. You donít want to do too much.Ē Heís so smart. It was a great insight. You donít hear technical stuff like that taught in acting school. Itís the kind of sage wisdom coming from a guy who was 25 at the time, but already had 20 years of experience. Heís a wonderful actor and a great guy. The Quest was a treat.

How many of you watched this show? † I have to admit Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson have been two of my favorites since their early days as child actors. †The series is available on and

Series Introduction


Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson


GREAT post, PJ!  So, this is the series you were trying to tell me about....yet another series I missed, working the evening shift at the post office in the 1970's and 1980' looks pretty interesting!  Thanks!!

I do remember this show! †WOW Forgot all about it!  I liked this show!  

Thanks PJ for the memories!    

Have any of you ever seen "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" (1963) with Kurt Russell - Dan O'Herlihy - Charles Bronson - James Westerfield - Sandy Kenyon ?


I remember this one very well---in fact I have the series on DVD.  The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters was discussed on the Little Known and Longforgotten thread for anyone who wants more information.

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