Hec Ramsey (1972–1974)
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The Century Turns 

An aging lawman in 1901 Oklahoma employs the latest crime detection techniques to solve the murder of a homesteading couple while overcoming the skepticism of his young, college-educated police chief.


Daniel Petrie


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Boone ... Hec Ramsey
Rick Lenz ... Chief Oliver Stamp
Sharon Acker ... Nora Muldoon
R.G. Armstrong ... Ben Ritt
Robert Pratt Robert Pratt ... Steve Ritt
Ray Middleton ... Judge Leroy Tate
Perry Lopez ... Sgt. Juan Mendoza
Bill Vint Bill Vint ... Constable Watson
Colby Chester ... Roy
Dick Van Patten ... Earl Enright
Brian Dewey ... Andy Muldoon
Robert Phillips ... Lew Tarris
Paul Carr ... Fenner
Maurice Jara Maurice Jara ... Rides-With-The-Sun
Francis De Sales ... A. Wingate


In 1901, Hec Ramsey is a former lawman who decides to take a job working in the newly formed Oklahoma police department. When he arrives the Chief of Police wonders what Hec can contribute. But the stage that Hec arrived in was robbed and a couple were killed and all signs lead the police to believe it was murder suicide. That's when Hec reveals that he's been studying on new methods of solving crimes like fingerprinting and ballistics. He uses these methods to disprove the murder suicide of the couple and to apprehend the stagecoach robbers. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

8 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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This originally premiered with no title but that of the series. When subsequently syndicated as a movie, it was retitled "The Century Turns." See more »


Followed by Hec Ramsey (1972) See more »

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Great TV show, Would be massively popular Today
28 March 2009 | by Tony RomeSee all my reviews

After pallidan Richard Boone started a new kind of western show. Boone plays Hec Ramsey, a lawman with a past, however he has changed. Ramsey is into new techniques for solving crimes. We could possibly call him an early CSI. Ramsey and his new boss don't get along at the beginning, but the boss begins to gain a respect for Ramsey. Harry Morgan was also on the show. He played the barber and the doctor. The action always moved quite well, and the stories were always interesting. The show was canceled only after 10 episodes. Universal has not released a DVD of this show. Supposedly there were problems between Boone and Universal. The Museum of television and Radio history in NY has the pilot episode available for viewing. Hopefully it comes out soon. 5 stars out of 5.

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