Sergeant Preston of the Yukon: Season 1, Episode 3

Trouble at Hogback (13 Oct. 1955)

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The death of an Indian brave leads Sergeant Preston and King to investigate whether sabotage could be the reason for a series of "accidents" that are plaguing the Hog Back Mining Company.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Sgt. Preston (as Richard Simmons)
Yukon King ...
Rex ...
Frank Fenton ...
Martin Green ...
Leonard Penn ...
Hank Greig
Steven Ritch ...
Swamp Fox
Robert Sheldon ...
Joe Smiley
White Eagle
Babe London ...
Mrs. Martin


The death of an Indian brave leads Sergeant Preston and King to investigate whether sabotage could be the reason for a series of "accidents" that are plaguing the Hog Back Mining Company.

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13 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Conway: Seems to me there's a powerful lot of fuss being made about one no-account Indian.
Sgt. Preston: When a man's been killed, Conway, we're not concerned with the color of his skin or his family tree. We just want to know why! May take a day, it may take a month. But even if it takes a year, I intend to find out why.
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Greed, Racism Are The Enemy
29 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Greed is the theme of this adventure, which takes place at Thistle Creek in the Yukon in a nice summer day in 1998. Someone has been sabotaging the Hog Back Mining Company. Before the show is half over, we find out who it is and why. Basically, it's a plot similar to many I've seen in old TV westerns and adventures: a man discovering a lode of valuable ore (gold, silver or whatever) and trying to get it all for himself, or themselves..

The latest "accident" costs an Indian man his life. Sergeant Preston vows to get to the bottom of this. After first investigating the death of the man, he finds out it was no accident and then quickly deduces the series of bad luck that affected the mining company is anything but luck.

One of the villains, "Conway," is shown early on as a bully and a racist. This show, along with The Lone Ranger, and many others in the 1950s, had similar themes which made the Indians, now referred to as "Native Americans," often victims of prejudice. Of course, white men played these TV roles, but at least Hollywood's heart was in the right place.

(Note: Steven Ritch, who played "Swamp Fox" in this episode, was a Caucasian, but did marry a Native American woman.)

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