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.
It is the 1870s in Wyoming Territory. Slim Sherman and his 14-year-old brother Andy try to hang on to their ranch after their father is shot by a land grabber. They augment their slight ... See full summary »
During the Cold War, a scientific team refits a Japanese submarine and hires an ex-Navy officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could trigger WW3.
After the death of her husband, Marian Starett takes on the arduous task of both raising a son, Joey, and protecting her farm from ruthless land baron Ryker. Nomadic gunfighter Shane ... See full summary »
A gunrunner loses his cargo near a small coastal Sudanese town so he's stuck there. When a woman hires him to raid a sunken ship in the shark-infested waters, he sees a chance to compensate for his losses. He's not the only one.
In 1868, after the Civil War, Custer takes charge of a mix of ex-Confederates and criminals, the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hays, Kansas. His boss General Terry doesn't like his methods ... See full summary »
Robert F. Simon
WITH THE BUMPER crop of Westerns that we saw sprout up like mushrooms in the woods after a rain storm, IRON HORSE would have to occupy a position somewhere in the middle. With so many 'Horse Opera' series that made up a Lion's share of programming in the late 1950's-60's, there was plenty of room for experimentation with various basic plot premises.
OUR HONORED REVIEWEE of the day, IRON HORSE, starring Mr. Dale Robertson brought our small screens a somewhat unique look at Raolroad Lore; which was very ingrained in the history of the Frontier. With names like Union Pacific, Santa Fe, Jesse James and Butch Cassidy & Sundance, the subject was all too familiar with the public.
BEING THE SECOND Western Series for the likable, athletic Robertson, he fittingly got a sort of 'promotion.'His previous experience with the six gun was given a back seat. He now became a sort of mover and shaker of Business and Industry. Capitalizing on his physical presence, easy manner and believability in portrayals of a tough guy with cerebral skills as well.
HIS NATURAL PREDISPOSITION in height, build and facial appearance was played up to the hilt as a sort of Clark Gable of the Television Series. Although this wasn't one of our favourite shows, we did find it to be more than adequate in giving us another angle's view of our settling of the land West of the Mississippi.
AND FOR SURE, Dale Robertson, he displayed his versatility in portrayals; with his Railroad Honcho being far different from his investigator in TALES OF WELLS FARGO.
IT ALSO IMPARTED a subtle message of how industrial free enterprise served in building the Nation into what it became.
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