The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more ... See full summary »
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
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.
Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts and Rocky Mountains. The first treks were led by gruff, ... See full summary »
In a surprising twist, Jesse and Frank James come across as good guys as they go about their outlaw ways. Jesse is a devilish scoundrel with an eye for the ladies while Frank concerns himself with more practical matters.
Before he appeared in RYAN'S DAUGHTER, and won his Oscar, and long before he got knighted, John Mills was in this summer replacement series on American television. He was an English lawyer who comes to America and practices law with Sean Garrison (obviously an Irish-American, nicknamed "the Culhane"). It was pretty well produced, and the stories had merit. In one they are defending a man on a murder charge, brought by his fellow miners (this is frequently a theme in the shows about "frontier justice"). The problem is that Mills/Dundee worked, as a boy, in a mine, and survived a cave-in. His nervousness is increasing during the episode, and the issue is will it damage his effort to win an acquittal for his client or not. Each episode is different that way. In one he and Garrison win the acquittal of the defendant, only to have Dundee tell the defendant that he is going to see that the police arrest him for another murder he has discovered the defendant committed. It had some good character actors in support: Claude Atkins and George Coulouris were in different episodes, among others. It also had a theme song that was very jaunty (no lyrics). I can still hear it to this day. It was a good series, but did not get a large enough audience - so it was never renewed. Pity, it should have been.
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