Laredo (1965–1967)
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The Land Grabbers 

Paralee and the three rangers are handling security for a land rush. Between unscrupulous Sooners and the beautiful daughter of an elderly British land rusher the men have their hands full.




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Episode cast overview:
... Reese Bennett
... Chad Cooper
... Joe Riley
... Capt. Edward Parmalee
... Commissioner Smoot
... Alice Coverly
... Maj. Donaldson
... Burt Sparr
... Yakima (as Ric R. Roman)
Keith Jones ... Robert Coverly
Dennis McCarthy ... Clanton
... Oakes
Harold Ayer ... 2nd Sooner
... 1st Fighter
... 2nd Fighter


Paralee and the rangers are sent to handle security for a land rush in Texas. They are undermanned to handle the problems which include Sooners who are staking claims early in order to beat the others. This includes a group of ex-criminals who are after prime river land. The rangers meet the elderly Major Donaldson with his beautiful daughter and grandson from England who are also after the same river land. Due to a lack of men Parmalee asks Commissioner Smoot to delay the run to catch Sooners returning before the rush begins. When Smoot declines, Joe and Reese scheme to break Smoot's glasses and change his watch. It allows them to catch some Sooners but the criminal gang after the river land prove to still be a problem. Suspecting them of cheating Parmalee has Joe take down their claims but the men fight back. Meanwhile Chad with a bit of help from Joe and Reese decides to help the Major who has collapsed before he can register his claim. Written by Anonymous

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9 December 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Accent on Alan Napier
12 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Captain Parmalee (Philip Carey) takes the Rangers out to police a nearby homesteaders land giveaway. The Laredo quartet check in with Fred Clark (as Commissioner Smoot), who will administrate the proceedings, in Fort Hall. While waiting for the "land rush" to begin, Chad (Peter Brown) romances shapely brunette widow Audrey Dalton (as Alice Coverly); and, Reese (Neville Brand) entertains the homesteaders' children, including Ms. Dalton's son Keith Jones (as Robert Coverly). Joe (William Smith) tries to keep his pals focused on their job.

Grandfatherly uniformed Alan Napier (as Major Donaldson) steals the show. The lucky TV antenna would soon point Mr. Napier in Batman's direction, where he would memorably run stately Wayne Manor, as Bruce's butler "Alfred". Young Mr. Jones gives Reese a good lesson on Indians. This episode's story is misshapen on several levels, unfortunately. For example, the thugs who want to cheat during the "land rush" get around so quickly, it was unnecessary for them to break the rules. And, the charming Coverly family certainly features an odd progression of British accents.

*** The Land Grabbers (12/9/65) R.G. Springsteen ~ Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith

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