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The Bill Camfield Collection - On the Set of The Outlaws Is Coming (1965)

Paul Camfield

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  •  Barbecue in the Hollywood hills with the Three Stooges 
  •  On the set of The Outlaws Is Coming, with Bill Camfield as Wyatt Earp 
  •  Costars Adam West and Nancy Kovack 
  •  Larry, Moe, and Curly Joe go over the script with director Norman Maurer 
  •  Camfield films a scene alongside Joe Bolton, host of The Three Stooges Funhouse on New York’s WPIX 
  •  All of the outlaws in the film were played by the hosts of local children’s shows that aired Three Stooges comedies. They include Paul Shannon, Bolton, Camfield, Ed T. McDonnell, Sally Starr, Bruce Sedley, Hal Fryar, Johnny Ginger, and Wayne Mack.  
  •  Theatrical trailer 
  •  Outtake 
 
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In 1965, the Three Stooges invited children’s show hosts from across the country to act in the trio’s sixth and final feature film, The Outlaws Is Coming. Bill Camfield, whose Icky Twerp character hosted the Slam-Bang Theatre on Fort Worth’s KFJZ-TV (now called KTVT) Channel 11, played Wyatt Earp. This edited promotional film gives a behind-the-scenes look at Camfield’s trip, from a cast party in the Hollywood hills to filming on set with the Three Stooges, Adam West, and Nancy Kovack. A trailer for the film is also included.
Television personality William Joseph “Bill” Camfield was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, on June 27, 1929. He moved to Fort Worth following his father’s death in 1935, graduating from Carter Riverside High School in 1947. 
 
Camfield began his career in show business in 1949, when he began writing for and acting in a locally produced television show, Hometown Harmony. Later promoted to Radio-TV Director, Camfield produced and starred in several more shows over the next five years, including Let’s Go Shopping, Billboard, and Meet the Candidate. 
 
In 1954, Camfield went to work for the newly formed independent television station KFJZ-TV Channel 11 in Fort Worth as a writer-at-large and performer. (The channel is now known as KTVT, a CBS affiliate.) It was during this time that he created his most popular characters, including: Gorgon, host of the weekly horror film series Nightmare; and Icky Twerp, host of the weekday children’s show Slam-Bang Theatre. The latter gained legendary status in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with Slam-Bang Theatre introducing a new generation of children to the slapstick antics of the Three Stooges and remaining on the air from 1959 to 1972. Camfield revived the character for a KDAF-TV Channel 33 show called Icky Twerp’s Summer Reunion in 1985 and a Slam-Bang Theater 30th Anniversary Special in 1989. 
 
Camfield died of brain cancer at his Fort Worth home on September 30, 1991.