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Sergeant Preston of the Yukon:
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Sergeant Preston of the Yukon

"I arrest you in the name of the Crown."

9/29/1955 - 9/25/1958 CBS/Syndicated
Black and White/Color - 30 minutes - 78 episodes
CBS Thurs 7:30-8:00

Created by George W. Trendle

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Cast

Dick Simmons
Horse: Rex
Dog: King

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Theme Song:
Von Reznicek's Donna Diana Overture

Sergeant Preston worked Royal Canadian Mounted Police and with his trusty dog, Yukon King patrolled the northern gold rush area protecting prospectors amd settlers alike.

Using many exterior shots, the show had an authentic visual appeal. Real snow just looks better than the phony stuff.

After the show concluded, actor Simmons revealed that the Sergeant had a first name, Frank, but it was never used on the show.

Creator George Trendle also developed the characters the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet.

Passings

Richard Simmons died in 2003 of Alzheimer's disease.

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
Dick Simmons
From the Doug Abbott Collection

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
King and Dick Simmons
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Tales of the Texas Rangers

9/3/1955 - 5/25/1957 CBS
Black and White - 30 minutes - 52 episodes

Tales of the Texas Rangers Cast

Willard Parker as Ranger Jace Pearson
Harry Lauter as Ranger Clay Morgan

This was a most unusual Western in that the historical period switched from week to week. While it was always about the Texas Rangers, one week they might be coralling desperados in the 1850s; the next they would be hunting down criminals in the 1950s.

Passings

Willard Parker died in 1996 of heart failure as did Henry Lauter in 1990

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Tales of the Texas Rangers
From the Doug Abbott Collection

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Steve Donovan, Western Marshal

1955 Syndicated
Black and White - 30 minutes

Steve Donovan, Western Marshal Cast

Douglas Kennedy as Marshal Steve Donovan
Eddy Waller as Rusty Lee

Gray Ghost is based on the true story of John Mosby, a young lawyer who joined the Forty-Third Battalion of the First Virginia Cavalry and became the leader of a guerilla unit.

Set in Wyoming in the 1870s

Passings

Douglas Kennedy died in 1973 of cancer and Eddy Waller in 1977 of a stroke.
Steve Donovan - Western Marshal
From the Doug Abbott Collection

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Sheriff of Cochise
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1955 - 1958 Syndicated
Black and White - 30 minutes

Sheriff of Cochise (U.S. Marshal) Cast

John Bromfield as U.S. Marshal Frank Morgan
Stan Jones as Deputy Olson
James Griffith as Deputy Tom Ferguson

This gets complicated. In the first 39 shows which were called Sheriff of Cochise, Morgan was the Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona. In the second 39 shows he appeared as a U.S. Marshal, in which case, Morgan was a Fed!

Passings

Stan Jones died in 1963




Sheriff of Cochise
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(1956) Judge Roy Bean

1956 Syndicated
Black and White - 30 minutes - 39 episodes

Judge Roy Bean Cast

Edgar Buchanan as Judge Roy Bean
Jack Buetel as Jeff Taggert
Russell Hayden as Steve
Jackie Loughery as Lettie Bean

Set in Langtry, Texas, a town named for Lillie Langtry, this single season Western featured the life of Judge Roy Bean, "the law west of the Pecos." Taggert was his right hand man, Steve, a Texas Ranger and Lettie was his niece.

The real life character was later the subject of a 1972 movie starring Paul Newman.

Passings

Edgar Buchanan died in 1979; Russell Hayden in 1981; and Jack Beutel in 1989.


Judge Roy Bean
Edgar Buchanan
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