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    The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

    The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

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    (ended 1958)
    The Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok was a 1950s television series that paired U.S. Marshall William Hickok with "Jingles", his very large sidekick.
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    The Public Defender

    The Public Defender

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    CBS (ended 1955)
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    Adventures in Paradise

    Adventures in Paradise

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    ABC (ended 1962)
    This series featured Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, the captain of a freelance schooner called the Tiki. Troy was a Korean War veteran who found adventure across the South Pacific that ranged from Hong Kong to Pitcairn Island. James A. Michener created Adventures In Paradise and sold the original idea to television, then dropped out of the project.moreless
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    Ramar of the Jungle

    Ramar of the Jungle

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    (ended 1954)
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    The Lone Wolf

    The Lone Wolf

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    (ended 1955)
    Michael Lanyard, better known as the Lone Wolf, is a rapscallion gentleman who travels the world to fight the proponents of crime. This one-season syndicated series was released during the 1954-1955 season and produced 39 episodes. moreless
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    Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans

    Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans

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    (ended 1957)
    Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans was set in New York's Hudson Valley during the French and Indian war in the 1750's and depicted the adventures of Hawkeye and his Indian blood brother, the last member of the Mohican tribe. The series based on stories by James Fenimore Cooper.moreless
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    Harbourmaster

    Harbourmaster

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    Harbourmaster Captain David Scott ran a boat repair business on Scott Island. His business partner was Jeff Kittredge. Captain Scott and crew investigate crimes that happen in and around the harbour. In January 1958, the show was picked up by ABC and the name was changed to Adventure At Scott Island.moreless
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    The Adventures of Jim Bowie

    The Adventures of Jim Bowie

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    ABC (ended 1958)
    This series recounts the exploits of the legendary frontiersman, adventurer, plantation owner, and entrepreneur, Jim Bowie. It takes place primarily in the Louisiana Territory (recently purchased from the French) in the 1820's and early 1830's, before Bowie's permanent move to Texas (then part of Mexico) and his untimely death at the Alamo in 1836. He encounters many historical figures of the era, such as Andrew Jackson, Jefferson Davis, John James Audubon, and Davy Crockett. Produced by Louis Edelman, based on the novel "The Tempered Blade" by Monte Barrett. The rousing theme song was by Ken Darby and The King's Men. As to the pronunciation of Bowie's name, people pronounced it bow-ee in Louisiana, but boo-wee in Texas.moreless
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    Zorro

    Zorro

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    ABC (ended 1959)
    In 1919, a novelist named Johnston McCulley wrote a book entitled The Curse of Capistrano, which starred a fantastic swordsman named Zorro. McCulley had no idea what a phenomenon he had created. Zorro, a.k.a. Don Diego de le Vega (Originally known as Don Diego Vega) was a masked hero, fighting tyranny in Spanish California. In "The Mark of Zorro" starring Douglas Fairbanks (1920), and later a remake starring Tyrone Power, Zorro proved that he was not limited to novels. Actually, he and the screen were made for each other. Yet Zorro had yet to reach his peak. The character became a true classic when Walt Disney created a television series, starring Guy Williams as Don Diego/Zorro. This version was quite different from the novels. For starters, he was de le Vega instead of Vega. And more importantly, in the book Diego was a great swordsman and everyone knew it! Instead, Diego was cruel and hateful towards the lower classes, making so no one would ever suspect he was Zorro. Walt Disney changed that, and made several other changes as well, creating the Zorro we all know and love. But, after disputes between Disney and ABC, Zorro was cancelled forever, with the exception of a few hour long episodes of "Disneyland" which later became known as "The Wonderful World of Disney." With reruns, and of course The Disney Channel, Zorro was able to ignite another spark of adventure in the hearts of viewers everywhere, young and old. But, with "Vault Disney" having been taken off the air, it seems that again networks have done what Garcia could not, and that is cause Zorro to end his mascarade. But who knows, maybe someday Zorro will get his chance again to ride against tyranny, fighting soldiers and evil-doers for yet another generation. The Zorro theme song used throughout the series was written by Norman Foster (words) and George Bruns (music).moreless
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    Speedy Gonzales

    Speedy Gonzales

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    The WB
    Speedy Gonzales is the famous Warner Bros. cartoon Mexican mouse part of WB's long running Loony Tunes. The toon mouse was created by Robert Mckimson and Friz Freleng (until redesigned by Hawly Pratt) and first aired in the 1953 cartoon Cat-Tails for Two. He was originally voiced by Mel Blanc, who created Speedy's famous call "¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba (which is spanish for "Go on! Go on! Up!Up!). Speedy is always seen wearing a large yellow sombrero, a red bandana, and white shirt and pants. He gets is name from being the fastest mouse in all of mexico (though he runs faster than any human can too). There have been forty six Speedy Gonzales cartoons made so far, and many of the lovable Loony Tunes characters are featured in them - such as Sylvester the cat. The 1955 the Speedy animated short won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (cartoons). In recent years, the Speedy Gonzales cartoons sparked controversy for their depiction of stereotypes against latin americans, and thus taken off the air. However due to their popularity within the Latin community, they were brought back with a disclaimer.moreless
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    Fury

    Fury

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    NBC (ended 1960)
    Fury chronicled the story of Joey, an orphan boy befriended by Jim Newton a recently widowed horse rancher, who's wife and son were killed in an auto accident by a drunk driver. Joey was brought to court for breaking a window. Jim had seen the whole incident and went to court with Joey, he told the Judge that Joey was innocent, and convinced the Judge to let Joey come stay at the Broken Wheel.moreless
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    Davy Crockett

    Davy Crockett

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    ABC (ended 1955)
    The classic Walt Disney series featuring the life of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, starring Fess Parker (Daniel Boone) and Buddy Ebsen (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones) as the legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett and his best friend, Georgie Russell.

    The series followed their adventures through the Indian Wars, Davy's tenure in Congress, travels down the Missisippi River, and the last stand at the Alamo.

    The five episodes of the series aired as segments of "Disneyland"; in 1954 and 1955. Later, they were re-edited and packaged into the theatrical releases Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. In 1989, Disney launched a revival series, with Tim Dunigan and Gary Grubbs. Though good in its own right, it never reached the popularity of the original Fess Parker episodes.

    The popularity of the shows made the "Ballad of Davy Crockett" a chart-topping single and inspired children across the country to sport coonskin caps.moreless
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    Casey Jones

    Casey Jones

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    (ended 1958)
    Casey Jones chronicles the adventures of John Luther 'Casey' Jones, the engineer on the "Cannonball Express" during the 1890s.

    Casey Jones was very loosely based upon the real locomotive engineer by the same name, who died on a foggy and rainy night when his train slammed into a stalled freight train. A popular song made him a legend, immortalizing his heroic efforts to stop his train and save lives.

    Casey Jones starred Alan Hale, Jr. almost a decade before his most famous role as the Skipper on Gilligan's Island. Bobby Clark was Casey Jones, Jr. while Dub Taylor played Wallie Sims and Eddy Waller was Red Rock Smith. Also featured was Mary Lawrence (aka Mary Laurence) as Casey's wife Alice.moreless
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    H.G. Wells' Invisible Man

    H.G. Wells' Invisible Man

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    ITV (ended 1959)
    Welcome to the H.G. Wells' Invisible Man episode guide at TV.com. A series produced in the 1950s from ITV in the UK, this show was remarkable for its time for the special effects and action storylines. It is the story of a scientist who's pursuit for the secret of invisibility causes an accident where he himself becomes invisible. While trying to cure himself, he is drafted by the government to solve crimes and conduct secret spy missions. After broadcast in the UK, the series had a successful run on CBS in the USA.moreless
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    The Buccaneers

    The Buccaneers

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    ITV (ended 1957)
    Swashbuckling UK Export Of The Mid-50s –

    Robert Shaw stars in this well-made, rousing British adventure series of the mid-50s. Taking place in the early 18th century, in the British Caribbean colony of New Providence (The Bahamas), episodes revolved around ex-pirate raider Dan Tempest (Shaw), who has accepted a pardon from King George, and the job of defending the islands, in his trusty ship 'The Sultana', along with a rag-tag, but hearty Crew of reformed ex-buccaneers, also pardoned by The King.

    For the first two thirds of the run of the series, Peter Hammond appears, as Lieutenant Edward Beamish, of The Royal Navy. Left in charge of New Providence, by original Colonial Governor Woodes Rogers, the young, efficient, but inexperienced Beamish works together with Tempest in the fight against not only the various pirate raiders who still plague the Caribbean, but against the Spaniards, with whom, the British are at war. Some episodes found Tempest, Beamish, and the Crew of the Sultana facing the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard, and at other times, outwitting the devious Van Brugh – A rich, greedy New Providence plantation owner who often consorted with the various shady characters who came to the island, from time to time. For the concluding third of it's run, the series assumed a slightly different format, with Tempest and Crew sailing off the Eastern seaboard of the continental Colonies, dealing with various sinister elements, sometimes returning to their old buccaneering ways, as they helped the Colonial Farmers and Merchants in a kind of Robin Hood-like fashion.

    Produced by Weinstein Productions, and Sapphire Films, Ltd.., and filmed entirely at Twickenham Studios, in London, The Buccaneers was soon brought to the USA by CBS, who premiered it on the evening Saturday, September 22nd, 1956, at 7:30 PM, EST. Despite it's overall good quality, however, it didn't catch on with the viewing public. Scheduled opposite NBC's popular People Are Funny, it was cancelled after a single 39-episode season, and it's last prime time telecast was on September 14th, 1957. It was replaced, the following week, by the soon-to-be phenomenally popular Perry Mason.

    With a dependable supporting cast – Which included a kind of repertory company of players, who appeared often, in various roles – Excellent sets, costumes, acceptable-for-the-time special effects, and plenty of action – Including expert swordplay – This well written and directed sea-going, swashbuckling adventure series is well worth a look.moreless
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    Tales of Tomorrow

    Tales of Tomorrow

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    ABC (ended 1953)
    Tales Of Tomorrow was a science fiction anthology program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company network between 1951 and 1953.
    The episodes aired live and featured the top sci-fi stories up until that time, with a total series run of 85 half hour episodes over two seasons.moreless
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    Soldiers of Fortune

    Soldiers of Fortune

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    (ended 1957)
    Soldiers Of Fortune was the tales of Tim Kelly and Toubo Smith, two ex-military types who traveled the world, looking for adventure.
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    The Adventures of Spin and Marty

    The Adventures of Spin and Marty

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    Disney Channel (ended 1955)
    This show aired as a part of "The Mickey Mouse Club."
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    The Adventures of Sir Lancelot

    The Adventures of Sir Lancelot

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    ITV (ended 1957)
    Another in the series of ITC's 'Adventures Of...' historicals. Sir Lancelot du Lac was played by William Russell, who would later star in Doctor Who as travelling companion Ian Chesterton. The series was lavishly filmed and, using background information researched at Oxford University, featured accurate 14th Century settings, even though the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table hailed from the 6th century. An Anglo-Saxon village with huts, sheep, goats and costumes transporting one into a world of pre-Norman Conquest days was constructed at Nettlefold Studios and used in most of the ITC series', beginning with The Adventures of Robin Hood. Outside location work was shot in Kent, where the company requisitioned Allington Castle, a fitting site for such activity since its long history included settlement by Ancient Britons, Romans and Saxons. Writers for the series included expatriate Americans blacklisted by the McCarthy subcommittee investigating allegations of communism in (amongst other areas) the US entertainment industry. Patrick McGoohan had a minor role in one of the episodes, and it was here that he first met writer/director Ralph Smart, who would later create Danger Man, the role that would propel McGoohan to stardom.moreless
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    Gang Busters

    Gang Busters

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    NBC (ended 1952)
    One of the earliest crime/police dramas. This show featured dramatizations of real criminals with the stories taken from actual FBI and police files.
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