Trackdown (1957–1959)
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The End of the World 

Hoby has to deal with a snake oil salesman selling the end of the world to a town filled with gullible people.


(as Donald McDougall)




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Episode cast overview:
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Walter Trump
Judge Clement
Claudia Barrett ...
Dora McHenry
Sheriff Chet Farrow
Neyle Morrow ...


Hoby has to deal with a snake oil salesman selling the end of the world to a town filled with gullible people.

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Release Date:

9 May 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After the latter's election, similarities in Walter and Donald J. Trump were noticed, including their last name, the fact that they wants to build a wall, and that they frequently threaten to sue people. Also, they both have been accused of fraud. See more »


Walter Trump: I am the only one. Trust me! I can build a wall around your homes that nothing can penetrate.
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SOOOOO Freaky!
11 January 2017 | by (Vermont) – See all my reviews

See the earlier review about this episode as a bizarre premonition of the 2016 election. I swear my ears did a double-take at the beginning when Hobie came in and asked the saloon girl if the new visitor had a name, and she said "Trump." Hobie thoughtfully replied "I bet it fits..." There were also a few other parallels not yet mentioned:

The conman Trump alarms the populace with his tales of the outside threat, then literally tells them that he can "build a wall" to protect them.

At another point, when Hobie questions his honesty, Trump threatens to sue him! (How often do people threaten to sue people in your average western?)

The media were mighty amused when it was recalled just after the election that The Simpsons once "predicted" President Trump. I think MeTV should get a copy of this episode of Trackdown over to The Daily Show asap.

In conclusion, let's appreciate the words of the local judge in this episode: "When we were kids, we were all afraid of the dark. Then we grew up, and we weren't afraid anymore... it's funny how a Big Lie can make us all kids again."

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