Railroad detective Matt Clark roams the west, tracking down outlaws and bandits who are preying on the railroad.




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Series cast summary:
 Matt Clark (39 episodes, 1954-1955)
Mary Castle ...
 Frankie Adams (26 episodes, 1954)
Kristine Miller ...
 Margaret Jones / ... (14 episodes, 1954-1955)


Railroad detective Matt Clark roams the west, tracking down outlaws and bandits who are preying on the railroad.

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Release Date:

23 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Legends of the Old West  »

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(39 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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The stories told span an impressive time period from the 1850's to 1900's with the primary characters moving seamlessly between the decades regarding appearance or clothing updates. See more »


Matt Clark: I don't care how right a man is. As soon as he picks up a gun, he's wrong from the start!
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7 November 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Stories Of The Century casts Jim Davis and Mary Castle as a pair of railroad detectives who seem to have aided in the apprehension or demise of every outlaw in the west. The years of their operations range all the way from the Civil War to the Theodore Roosevelt era and yet they aged not a day. This is in the tradition of the B western and it was the soon to be extinct Republic Pictures who produced this for television. William Witney, veteran contract director for Republic seems to have done most of the episodes.

I guess the fact that they ran out of name bandits was the cause of Stories Of The Century met its demise. A studio like Republic that had small scale operations should have been the first ones into television. Probably Herbert J. Yates regretted he didn't move earlier into the small screen.

The episodes I saw of the show had not one hint of any romance between Davis and Castle. They were all business every week and while Castle's considerable beauty and charm caused the fall of many an outlaw, she and Davis never got personal. In fact they were as impersonal as any Dragnet Show that Jack Webb did. Davis and Castle dealt only in facts.

Stories Of The Century with all the disclaimers about the impossibility of Davis and Castle being Zelig like at the scene of every outlaw's fall was not a bad series. It was a beginning of the TV trend to more adult westerns.

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