May 14, 1979 12:00 PM

NBC (9 p.m. ET)

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame has declared this first TV adaptation of author Louis L’Amour’s mega-selling books “the Western of the decade,” but they must have smiled when they said it. Though Glenn Ford, Ben Johnson and Gilbert Roland do their best, the tangled story lapses into monosyllabic drivel, producing four hours of grade-B Western that concludes tomorrow night.

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