PRODUCED BY JEFFREY HUNTER ...
Jeff was co-producer of two films in the 1950s, briefly described below. On
television, he was an executive producer for the series
which he also starred (pictured in the role, with co-star Jack Elam, at right).
The Living Swamp (1955)
This 33-minute documentary, released in 1955, was directed by David DaLie and co-produced by Jeff, with
William Hayes. Like Jeff's film
Lure of the Wilderness
was filmed in the Okefenokee Swamp Park, in Georgia. The documentary
was narrated by Dale Robertson, who acted with Jeff in
Take Care of My Little
La Ciudad Sagrada (1959)
Directed and written by Ismail Rodriguez, who co-produced the film with Jeff,
was filmed in Yucatan, Mexico, and starred Gloria Cansino, Jose
Chavez, David DaLie, and Antonio Gutierrez. In the film, an expedition searches for a fortune
believed to lie in a lost Aztec city. It is unclear whether La Ciudad
ever saw theatrical release. Footage from this film was edited into the
film The Mighty Jungle
, released in 1964. The Spanish title means "The
Sacred City" in English.
Jeff was an executive producer of this NBC Western-themed television series,
along with William T. Orr and Jack Webb. His status as an executive producer was
negotiated as part of his mid-1960's contract with Warner Bros.; Warner Bros. Television,
headed by Mr. Webb, sold the series to NBC. The series, in which Jeff
starred as Temple Houston, lasted for one season of 26 episodes. Jeff formed a
production company, Apollo Productions, to handle production of "Temple Houston."