26 Men (1957–1959)
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The Recruit 

"The Recruit" is an episode of 26 Men starring Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, and Don Haggerty. The newspaper editor of Wilcox asks the Rangers for help, and two of them are dispatched to the town. However, when they get there they find the editor has been lynched and is hanging from a tree.




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Episode cast overview:
... Capt. Tom Rynning (as Tris Coffin)
Kelo Henderson ... Ranger Clint Travis
... Big Red Monahon
Elizabeth Marshall ... Lola Johnson
... Curley (as Bill Murphy)
... Dr. Adams (as Fred Kohler)
Bill Baucom ... Cpl. Drake (as Billy Baucom)
Jimmy Cotton ... Jud
... Sam Miller (as Wm. Fawcett)
Bill French ... Jones


In answer to a desperate request from its newspaper editor, Captain Rynning heads to Wilcox with a new recruit and finds the man dangling from a noose outside of town. Rynning finds the townspeople cowering in fear of the town boss, Big Red Monahan and must find a way to bring the find the murderers and put Monahan out of business. Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

15 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: Twenty-six men chosen for their courage and ability formed the Arizona Rangers. Fame and public acclaim was not their objective. This is perhaps why the story of these 26 men has not been told until now. This was the Arizona Territory at the turn of the century - a sparsely settled, raw frontier. Terrified by bands of desperados who operated in open defiance of local peace officers.
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Good Start
23 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

The first episode of this short-lived story focused on Clint Travis and how he became an Arizona ranger. He came into the ranger's office looking for a job, and Captain Riding was happy to show him out. As the men travel to Wilcox to try and settle it, they get to know each other.

Wilcox is a wide open town with lots of outlaws. The two rangers travel there to try and give them some help. Cling quickly learns, however, that knowing how to shoot a gun and using it are two different things.

From where I'm sitting this show has a lot of possibilities. Though clint is still a bit wet behind the ears, Captain riding seems strong.

Two people dead.

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