Bear, The

The nickname of Landburgher Gessler (Willoughby Goddard), the tyrannical Austrian bailiff who tormented 14th century Alpine villagers on the historical drama THE ADVENTURES OF WILLIAM TELL/SYN/1957-58.


Gessler ordered the legendary Swiss archer, William Tell (Conrad Phillips) to test his skill with a crossbow by shooting an apple off the top of the head of his young son, Walter Tell (Richard Rogers).

William Tell Theme Song (TV Intro)

Come away, come away with William Tell,
Come away to the land he loved so well;
What a day, what a day when the apple fell,
For Tell and Switzerland

Come away with Tell to the mountainside
Looking down to the pass where the tyrants ride.
Set a bolt to your bow and down they go,
For Tell and Switzerland

Hurry on, hurry on, there’s a dungeon cell;
Hurry on, hurry on, there’s a noose as well;
But we’ll escape from the jaws of hell
For Tell and Switzerland.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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