These early Warner TV offerings were unusually well-produced for their time as far as small-screen values went, and in this case the star, Hutchins, was an actor who should have gone on to greater success, like other Warner TV contract players such as Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (“77 Sunset Strip”), Walker (“Cheyenne”), and, of course, Oklahoma's own Oscar-nominated James Garner (“Maverick”).
But after “Sugarfoot” ended in July 1961, Hutchins' career yielded few highlights. There were supporting roles in two Elvis Presley movies (“Spinout,” “Clambake”), a brief stint as Dagwood in a 1968-69 CBS-TV version of the comic strip “Blondie,” and guest-shots on various series such as “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke” and “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.”
However, the single most memorable performance of his career was as a slow-witted young prospector named Colie in a low-budget, offbeat, Monte Hellman-directed Western called “The Shooting” (1965). His brilliantly-realized tragicomic characterization managed to steal scenes from formidable co-stars Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates, and gave the few people who saw the film a glimpse of his true mettle as a performer. When it came to real acting, he was no “Sugarfoot.”
— Gene Triplett
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