A member of the notorious Wild Bunch bandit gang escapes from Ranger Clint Travis' custody, resulting in his being fired. Furious, Travis sets out to take on the whole gang and salvage his career and...
Lawman is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming and his deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing. In the second season Lily Merrill opens The Birdcage Saloon ... See full summary »
Cimmaron City is booming due to oil and gold and hopes to become capital of the future state of Oklahoma. Matthew Rockford is the son of the city's founder; he's now mayor and a major cattle rancher. Sheriff Temple must keep law and order.
Set in the Louisiana Territory around 1830, wealthy planter Jim Bowie encounters many famous people in New Orleans or the backwoods, relying for protection on the knife he supposedly ... See full summary »
Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, CA. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product mined in Death Valley.
After a card game Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women - one who came with the hotel, and one newly arrived from the East to open a ... See full summary »
The Deputy is Clay McCord, a storekeeper in 1880's Silver City, Arizona Territories, who is an expert shot, but refuses to use his gun because he believes they are the major cause of ... See full summary »
Christopher Colt was apparently a gun salesman but was in fact a government agent tracking down notorious bad guys. His cousin Sam took the lead when the studio had contract disputes with the original star.
When gold was discovered in the Yukon in the 1890's, thousands of hopeful prospectors headed north for a chance at becoming rich. The easiest passage to the Yukon was through the small ... See full summary »
Based on the true characters of Captain Tom Rynning and Ranger Clint Travis, 26 Men was in the tradition of Death Valley Days providing true stories of the exploits of the Arizona Rangers. Modeled on the Texas Rangers, the Arizona Rangers did a lot in cleaning up the outlaw element in the Territory so that it was disbanded in 1909 and Arizona was admitted to the union as our 48th state in 1912.
Rynning was the second captain of the rangers, the Rangers were founded in 1901 and he took the job in 1903 after the first guy quit. As did many of the Rangers they had the background of being Rough Riders in the Spanish American War and had the backing of the First Rough Rider in the land Theodore Roosevelt. Tris Coffin who had a gazillion player credits on the big and small screen, on stage, and mostly on radio played the no nonsense Captain Rynning.
The stories moved like a western Dragnet, no frills at all, just the facts and the apprehension. No mock heroics either, just professional men doing their jobs.
26 Men was produced by Russell Hayden who had many a western credit to his name before the camera. And I don't think it was a coincidence that the Arizona Rangers were reestablished in 1957 by Governor Ernest W. McFarland of Arizona the same year 26 Men made its debut. Nothing like the value of good publicity.
The Rangers did not have a spotless history though. They were used as strikebreakers by some of the mine owners of Arizona. As such they did have big fans in organized labor.
Still the series is a good one and when TV Guide Channel runs it, catch it if you can.
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