Melody Patterson F Troop

F Troop's Melody Patterson Dead at 66, Played 'Wrangler Jane'

Melody Patterson, who played “Wrangler Jane” Angelica Thrift on the Old West comedy F Troop, died on Friday at age 66.

Patterson’s passing was reported by the official Facebook page for F Troop costar Larry Storch.

Running for two seasons on ABC (from 1965-67), F Troop followed the post-American Civil War antics at the remote Army outpost Fort Courage. Patterson’s Wrangler Jane was the tomboyish, shopkeeper and sharpshooter girlfriend of Captain Wilton Parmenter (played by Ken Berry).

The actress’ TV credits also included appearances on The Monkees, Green Acres, Adam-12 and the original Hawaii Five-0.

Here, an atypically dressy Jane joins a conversation between Will and Sergeant O’Rourke (Forrest Tucker) and Corporal Agarn (Storch), the latter of which are trying to nudge along the captain’s wedding plans:

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  1. Bob Backus says:

    Used to watch F Troop re-runs all the time as a kid, hard to believe there were only 2 seasons.

  2. Rrtid54 says:

    apparently there were 65 episodes:

    apologies if this is a duplicate post

  3. genie says:

    I had the honor of having Melody direct a college production I acted in… she will be missed!

  4. Sue Gubson says:

    What was the cause of death?

  5. dman6015 says:

    She was only 16 when she started on F-Troop? Wow.

    • Miffy says:

      She lied about her age.

      I’ve been watching the reruns on ME-TV recently, and it’s quite a good show – a classic 1960s comedy. Too bad there were only 65 episodes. Apparently, ABC wanted to pick it up for another season, but some exec at Warner Bros. didn’t like how expensive the show was (color film, lots of outdoor shooting on the Warner backlot), so they stopped production. What a foolish decision – another season or two would have gotten it above 100 episodes, and it would have run widely in syndication like Gilligan or Hogan’s Heroes. Instead, it became only seasonal filler.

  6. She was a wonderful and lovely leading lady. God bless her.

  7. John Armstrong says:

    She was my 1st girlfriend in Grammer school at Rio San Gabriel in Downey Ca . One Saturday she asked me over and we went to her dance lesson, voice lesson and ice skating lesson, all in the same day. Evidently it paid off for her. She skated on the Downey float in the Rose Parade. She moved away and I was so happy to see her on “F Troop”. From what I’ve read about her she seemed to have found the life she wanted. I’d bet she’d say “no regrets”!