Marshal Ragan and his deputies maintain the peace in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory.




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Complete series cast summary:
Larry Ward ...
 Marshal Frank Ragan / ... (20 episodes, 1962-1963)
 Deputy J.D. Smith (20 episodes, 1962-1963)
 Deputy Del Stark (20 episodes, 1962-1963)
 Deputy Vance Porter (20 episodes, 1962-1963)


Marshal Ragan and his deputies maintain the peace in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory.

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Release Date:

23 April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dakota  »

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(20 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Ward, Jack Elam, and Michael Greene never take their shirts off in this series. Chad Everett takes his shirt off in "Mutiny at Fort Mercy, "Fargo," and "The Chooser of the Slain." See more »

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Jack Elam made this series worth watching
1 June 2003 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

As an adolescent when this show debuted, I immediately fell in love with the character J.D. Smith, so adeptly played by Jack Elam. In the pilot ("A Man Called Ragan"), he was a gunfighter called in by Del Stark's stepfather to kill Frank Ragan, the Federal Marshal. Realizing that Ragan might have more to offer him than his boss, he decides to join the marshal's team (including young Del Stark and town constable Vance Porter) and begin bringing justice to the Dakota Territory. J.D. Smith is somewhat uneasy in his new role as a deputy, using wry humor as a means to temper his natural tendency to dispense his own brand of 'justice' to those who cross him or otherwise bully the downtrodden. Having seen some of the episodes recently, the stories are good, albeit some a bit preachy, but Jack Elam is absolutely delightful to watch. This character "made" the show and was clearly the forerunner to The Man With No Name and Dirty Harry, and nobody could have done it better than Jack Elam!

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