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Crime stories that Walter Winchell had covered while working with the New York City Police Department.

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Digest of 3 "Northwest Passage" (1958) 30-minute episodes: 2 by director George Waggner, and the central episode, 'The Break-Out' (first aired 19 October 1958), by Jacques Tourneur.

Directors: Jacques Tourneur, George Waggner
Stars: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett
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Major Robert Rogers and his Rangers hunt a French and Indian War spy.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
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Judge Roy Bean (TV Series 1956)
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Western set in the Texas town of Langtry, named after Lillie Langtry. When storekeeper Roy Bean becomes fed up with the lawlessness in the town, he sets establishes himself as a judge and introduces a system of law and order.

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When the South loses the war, Confederate veteran O'Meara goes West, joins the Sioux, takes a wife and refuses to be an American but he must choose a side when the Sioux go to war against the U.S. Army.

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 Major Robert Rogers (26 episodes, 1958-1959)
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Major Robert Rogers organized "Rogers Rangers" to search for the alleged waterway across the United States during the French and Indian War (1754-1759). Helping Rogers, an experienced explorer and Indian fighter, were Hunk Marriner, another experienced Indian fighter, and Langdon Towne, a Harvard graduate who was the map maker. The episodes told the story of their trials and tribulations searching for the Northwest Passage and their battles with both the French and Indians during this war. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

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Narrator: This is a story of early America during the century of conflict between the British and their American colonies against the French and their Indian allies - when men and women, unknown to history, became giants in daring and endurance in their fight for a new country.
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Indisputably the Best Half-Hour Series in TV History; the Highest Quality
25 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Northwest Passage's producers and writers drew their characters from the strongly-developed fictional personages of Kenneth Roberts' novel of the same name, set in US Revolutionary War times. Robert Rogers, here a fictionalized frontiersman and military man, was a real person, played in the film of this name by Spencer Tracy. The other were invented. This one-season 1958-59 program was, by my lights as writer, actor and director, the best one-half-hour program made for television in the twentieth century; it is indisputably the best-written and best-produced of all such series. The leading parts were played by Keith Larsen as Rogers, Buddy Ebsen as Hunk Marriner, Don Burnett as Langdon Towne and Philip Tonge as Gen. Amherst. The production qualities were, I suggest, far above average in every respect. The producer was "Star Trek" impresario Robert Justman; original music was composed by Raoul Kraushaar. The series' art direction was provided by William A. Horning and Merrill Pye with period set decorations by veterans F. Keogh Gleason, Henry Grace and Jack Mills. The directors who worked on this series included Otto Lang, George Waggener, Jacques Tourneur and Alan Crosland, Jr. Writers for the shows included Gerald Drayson Adams, Sloan Nibley and more. Many fine actors such as Lisa Gaye, Luis Van Rooten, Charles Horvath, Larry Chance and other contributed to the excellence of the production. The list included John Russell, Karen Steele, Claire Kelly, Peter Whitney, Carole Mathews, Lisa Montell, Paul Picerni, Marcia Henderson, Lee Van Cleef, Gene Nelson, De Forest Kelley, Murvyn Vye, Yvette Vickers, Morris Ankrum, Ben Wright, Patricia Donahue, Jay Novello, Joe Maross, Douglas Kennedy, Dean Harens, Payl Cavanagh, Carol Ohmart, Pernell Roberts, Richard Ney, Bruce Gordon, Sandy Kenyon, Angie Dickinson, Irene Tedrow, Emile Meyer, William Boyett, Alan Hale Jr., Harry Lauter and Denny Miller. I cannot recommend its strong feature-film-quality values too highly.


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