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.
The Double R Ranch featured "The King of the Cowboys" Roy, his "Smartest Horse in the Movies" Trigger, "Queen of the West" Dale, her horse Buttermilk, their dog Bullet, and even Pat's jeep, Nellybelle.
Hickok rode Buckshot and 300-pound Jingles rode Joker. Jingles described Hickok as "the bravest, Strongest, fightingest U.S. Marshal in the whole West." And that's about it: he beat up all the bad guys and somehow kept his good looks.
Mike Nelson is a Scuba Diver in the days when it was still very new. He works alone and the plot was always mostly carried through his voice over narrations. These gave the show a flavor of... See full summary »
I also watched this as a 50s kid in Los Angeles - all the other shows (with pretty much the same plots) were about cowboys or, more interestingly, cops: Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, more interestingly Dragnet, 77 Sunset Strip. Preston was the first I ever knew featuring a landscape of snow, with tall evergreens, whistling wind and log cabins, exists. And how much more impressive Preston looked than any cowboy, crouching in the snow with his massive black (b/w the only colors) fur coat and fur hat - only rarely the dress (red) coat and round Mounty hat. I also recall that you could buy and Mom did buy a certain cereal to get Sergeant Preston "snow goggles" to prevent snow blindness, which were cardboard spectacles with a narrow slit to look through - either they came in the box or you cut them out from the box itself (accurate reminder appreciated - eBay URL would be even better.)
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