Showed featured dramatic reenactments of true Naval events taken from the files of the Defense Department. The episodes generally featured little known actors although better known performers sometimes hosted.
At the turn of the century Rose and ex-showbiz friend Molly get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets they embark on the even more hazardous project of selling ... See full summary »
The survivors of an Army patrol ambushed by Indians hook up with a group of cowboys who have also been attacked, and together they try to get to safety at the fort. Unfortunately for them, ... See full summary »
In present-day U.S., Dr. Michael Parker, a prominent surgeon, unexpectedly runs into his German-born wife whom he thought was dead. Victor, an artist and his "dead" wife's now boyfriend, ... See full summary »
Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 card draw) is ... See full summary »
BEING THAT OUR participating in and ultimately winning World War II was just a scant 10 or 12 years prior to this series bowing on CBS, it was more a matter of trend than originality. Television series with the military as its subject were quite popular in the 1950's and '60's.
ONE NEED ONLY look at listings from those days to find titles such as: NAVY LOG, CITIZEN SOLDIER, THE SILENT SERVICE, TH FLYING TIGERS, COMBAT! and the documentaries such as VICTORY AT SEA & CRUSADE I EUROPE. Even the comedies were so inclined with entries such as THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW (aka YOU'LL NEVER GET RICH) and McHALE'S NAVY.
(OH YEAH, BEFORE we proceed any further, let us say in regard to our Allied victory in WWII, "Way to go Greatest Generation!")
WITH THE COMING of this series to our evening tube watching, the service series genre branched out to yet another area of stories in dramatizing the lives and studies, the trials and tribulations encountered by the Corps of Cadets enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
ALTHOUGH WE HAVEN'T seen any of these episodes for over a half century now, we suspect that at least some were based on fact and on the young men who would be our country's future Eisenhowers, MacArthurs and Pattons.
THE SERIES WAS originally broadcast by the CBS Television and was a production of ZIV Television; whose domain was much more that of the Syndicated half hour show.
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