Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
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Desert Flight 

Mike Brenner is a wily bank robber. In an effort to lose a posse, he leads his cohorts into the desert.


Budd Boetticher


Jim Byrnes (as James Byrnes), Joseph Byrnes


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Episode credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Mike Brenner
James Coburn ... Charlie Doyle
Ben Cooper ... Sandy
John Pickard ... Sheriff - Ed
Bob Hoy ... Deputy (as Robert Hoy)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Deputy (as Buzz Henry)
Rand Brooks ... Banker Wilson
Fred Krone Fred Krone ... Bank Clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Sherman Fred Sherman ... Stock Tender


Mike Brenner is a wily bank robber. In an effort to lose a posse, he leads his cohorts into the desert.

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Release Date:

13 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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You don't get to pick your companions in crime
11 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Normally just a host Dick Powell took a turn in acting in one of his Four Star Zane Grey Theater westerns. In this one Powell is a veteran bank robber who went in on a job reluctantly and is now fleeing across the desert with a pair of companions he'd sooner not have.

One is a green farm kid Ben Cooper, the other however is a sadistic and homicidal punk played by James Coburn. Before concentrating on the big screen, Coburn played in just about every TV western there was mostly as bad guys. This one is a very typical part for him. He's the reason a posse led by Sheriff John Pickard is in hot pursuit and not just for the money.

Powell's part is similar to the world weary outlaw Gregory Peck did in The Gunfighter. Powell does it well. In fact he and Coburn are the main reason to see this fine Zane Grey Theater production.

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