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This average western from the 1960's featured a good cast but
unremarkable and routine writing. Dale Robertson excelled in these type
of brave underdog roles, but he could not rise above this series'
script limitations. Gary Collins and Ellen Burtstyn were fine, but went
on to better roles in later years.
The one episode that really stands out in the series featured the great character actor Strother Martin. He always brought a dignified,wry humor to his roles and did so again in this show.
While not the best of western TV shows, it had potential that was never quite realized........ the train never really "left the station".
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
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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