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    Gunsmoke

    Gunsmoke

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    CBS (ended 1975)

    Dodge City, known as the Sodom and Gomorrah of the plains, is a typical frontier city of the late 1800s with typical problems ranging from rumored Indian raids to bank and stage robberies, cattle rustling, and family feuds. All of these must be dealt with within the law and that task falls to Matt Dillon, US Marshal (James Arness).

    Dillon is a man who prefers the use of logic over the use of the gun but the nature of the people passing through Dodge doesn't always leave him that choice. Aided by various assistants and deputies over the years (played by Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds, and Ken Curtis), he does his best to keep the lawless element out of his town and his territory. Matt often solves his crimes through keen observation and deduction, an innovative approach for the times.

    Crucial information about cases is often provided by his beautiful companion, Long Branch owner Kitty Russell(Amanda Blake), while they drink beer or whiskey in her establishment. Matt also often exchanges banter or bounces his theories off of the crusty town doctor, Galen Adams (Milburn Stone).moreless
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    Perry Mason

    Perry Mason

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    CBS (ended 1966)
    There are few actors so closely tied to a persona than Raymond Burr as Perry Mason. This long-running series was built upon Erle Stanley Gardner´s many novels about a brilliant defense lawyer and his staff, that solved many a crime with surprise witnesses and stern cross-examinations. It was the first mystery series to feature chalk or tape outlines to mark the spots where bodies were found. Filmed almost exclusively in the Los Angeles area, Raymond Burr had Gardner's seal of approval in the role. The cases were usually won by way of pivotal confessions of witnesses, solicited by Perry Mason (Burr's) surgeon-like examination or with last-minute, key evidence brought into the courtroom by private investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper). Della Street (Barbara Hale), Perry´s faithful secretary, was always at Perry's side in the courtroom where hapless Hamilton Burger (William Tallman) was the Los Angeles District Attorney who never seemed to win. As to the myth that Perry Mason never lost, there were two episodes where it did occur... but you'll have to watch to find out. The show was revived in 1973-74, with other actors in the familiar roles (Monte Markham as Mason), and then again with the some of the original cast, in a string of feature length TV films from 1985 until Raymond Burr´s death in 1993.moreless
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    The Twilight Zone

    The Twilight Zone

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    CBS (ended 1964)
    The series was a collection of various tales that range from the tragic to the comedic. They may be scary or just thought-provoking. Most episodes have unexpected endings and a moral lesson. But, no matter what, it's "a journey into a wondrous land, whose boundaries are that of the imagination." Rod Serling, creator and host of the series, won two Emmys for outstanding writing (1960 & '61), and the Golden Globe in 1962 for best TV director/producer. Reruns of the original Twilight Zone can be seen on the US Sci Fi channel. This is the Original 1959 series, not the CBS The Twilight Zone (1985) version nor the UPN The Twilight Zone (2002) version. CBS Programming History October 1959-September 1962 ..... Friday 10:00 January 1963-September 1963 ..... Thursday 9:00 September 1961-September 1964 ..... Friday 9:30 May 1965-September 1965 ..... Sunday 9:00 Note: Seasons 1-3 & 5 have a running time of 30 minutes. All of the episodes in Season 4 have a running time of one hour.moreless
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    Have Gun - Will Travel

    Have Gun - Will Travel

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    CBS (ended 1963)
    Paladin was not your normal gunfighter. He was an educated and a traveled man. A West Point graduate, he served as a Union officer during the Civil War. After the war, he went west and became a high-priced 'gun for hire.' He was based at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco and enjoyed the finer things in life. He dressed in fancy clothes, enjoyed fine wine, gourmet food, opera, expensive cigars and he could play the piano. He read newspapers from all over the West looking for situations in which he could help, for a fee. Sometimes Hey Boy, the Oriental porter who worked at the Carlton, would bring Paladin a letter or 'wire' asking for his help. Usually, within the first few minutes, he was dressed for 'business' and on the trail. When working, he dressed completely in black including a black hat with a band of silver conchos and a custom holster with a silver chess knight on it. He carried a custom made pistol which was perfectly balanced and had a rifled barrel. He preferred to settle problems without violence whenever possible, but if forced to fight, he excelled. A master marksman and a quick draw, he was a match for most any man. And for those 'difficult times' he kept a derringer hidden under his belt, which saved his life on many occasions. His rifle, which was rarely used, also had a silver chess knight on the stock. This leads us to believe it was as carefully made as the pistol he carried. Before resorting to violence, Paladin would put his rich education and experience to work to try to find an alternate solution. In spite of his profession, he had a deep respect for the law and would often turn on his employers if he found they were the guilty party.moreless
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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    CBS (ended 1962)
    Alfred Hitchcock Presents was a mystery and suspense anthology hosted by the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Each 30 minute episode included opening and closing vignettes featuring Hitchcock who would often explain some aspect of the day's show and would often offer subtle (or not so subtle) jabs at the shows sponsors. The series premiered on CBS on Sunday, October 2, 1955 in the 9:30-10:00 PM timeslot opposite ABC's The Original Amateur Hour and NBC's Alcoa-Goodyear Playhouse. In its sixth season the show moved to NBC and was shown on Tuesday 8:30-9:00 PM. On NBC it served as the lead in for two other anthology shows Thriller and The Dick Powell Show. Alfred Hitchcock Presents featured both original works produced directly for television and adaptations of existing source material. Some authors whose work was adapted for the series include: Alexander Woollcott, Ambrose Bierce, Cornell Woolrich, Frederic Brown, Henry Slesar, H.H. Munro (aka Saki), John Cheever, John Collier, John Wyndham, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and Robert Bloch. The show also featured work by famous (or later famous) directors Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Altman. It also served as a proving ground for stars and future stars: Charles Bronson, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Robert Duvall, and Vera Miles. In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock Presents was expanded to one hour and was shown under the title the The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. In 1985, the these shows experienced a revival under the title Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Spinoff: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Revivals: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985) Broadcast History CBS: October 1955-September 1960----Sunday----9:30 p.m.
    NBC: September 1960-June 1962----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #6 in the 1956-1957 Season
    #12 in the 1957-1958 Season
    #24 in the 1958-1959 Season
    #25 in the 1959-1960 Season Emmy Awards and Nominations 1955 Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Action or Adventure Series Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Best MC or Program Hose (Male or Female) Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock, "The Case of Mr. Pelham" Best Director (Film Series) Winner: Edward W. Williams, "Breakdown" Best Editing of a Television Film 1956 Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Series (Half-Hour or Less) Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Best Male Personality (Continuing Performance) Winner: James P. Cavanagh, "Fog Closes In" Best Teleplay Writing (Half-Hour or Less) 1957 Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Dramatic Anthology Series Winner: Robert Stevens, "The Glass Eye" Best Direction (Half-Hour or Less) 1958 Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Dramatic Series (Less Than One Hour) Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock, "Lamb to the Slaughter" Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series (Less Than One Hour) Nominated: Roald Dahl, "Lamb to the Slaughter" Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series (Less Than One Hour) 1959 Nominated: John J. Lloyd Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction and Scenic Design Nominated: Edward W. Williams, "Man from the South" Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Television 1960 Nominated: Edward W. Williams, "Incident in a Small Jail" Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Television Other Awards or Nominations The Golden Globe Awards (Voted each year since 1944 by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association): 1957 Winner: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Television Program Look Magazine's Annual Television Awards (Voted initially by poll of TV executives, producers, directors, advertising executives and TV columnists, then, in 1955, via polls taken of TV critics and editors. The Award was Presented annually from 1950 to 1959 by the editors of Look magazine): 1955 Winner: Alfred Hitchcock Best Director 1956 Winner: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Dramatic Series (One-Half Hour) 1957 Winner: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Dramatic Series (One-Half Hour) Television Champion Awards (Voted each year since 1949 by polls of the nation's TV critics taken by the publishers of Television Almanac. The awards ceased in 1972): 1955 Winner: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Mystery Program 1956 Winner: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Mystery Program 1960 Winner: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Mystery Program First Telecast: October 2, 1955
    Last Telecast: June 26, 1962
    Unaired Episodes: 1 Episodes: 266 B&W Episodes
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    As The World Turns

    As The World Turns

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    CBS (ended 2010)
    As the World Turns first premiered on April 2, 1956, and has been a mainstay on CBS daytime ever since. The show takes place in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, and revolves around the lives of it's inhabitants. Originally the central family was the Hughes', however today the stories mostly resolve around the enormous Snyder family. As the World Turns is produced by Proctor and Gamble, the same company that produces Guiding Light, the only show to have a longer on-air tenure than ATWT. This year, ATWT celebrated its 54th Anniversary of being on the air in April 2010, the show will end it's run on Sept 17th 2010.moreless
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    Wanted: Dead or Alive

    Wanted: Dead or Alive

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    CBS (ended 1961)
    Welcome to the Wanted: Dead or Alive guide at tv.com.

    Wanted: Dead or Alive originally aired in Black and white on CBS. The pilot aired on the series "Trackdown" in March 1958.
    Bounty hunter Josh Randall was unlike any bounty hunter, he usually gave half or all of his reward money to good causes. He was a gentlemen and very respectful of the elderly. He was a man of few words and seemed to lack emotion but he was adept at using his gun, not an ordinary gun but a .44-.40 sawed-off 1892 Winchester carbine which he had on his "Mare's Leig", BUT the cartridges in his belt were .45-.70! His catch phrase in almost every episode was "Let's Go" which he spoke softly and sounded more like les goo. A treasure one not to be missed, especially to see Mr. Cool himself, Steve McQueen.



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    Guiding Light

    Guiding Light

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    CBS (ended 2009)
    The late soap journalist Christopher Schemering once wrote that soap operas are not just dramas; "they're little pockets of American history." So it's only fitting to consider that at one time, The Guiding Light,-the longest running program in broadcast history, spanning 71 years-- brought fifteen-minute bits of escapism to war-weary housewives, as their men trudged off to fight the indignities of WWII. It brought social awareness to a nation that began to think about the big picture beyond their picket fences and suburban streets. Soap opera is a truly dynamic genre that reflects life as it is lived, the quintessential American art form. Although berated and belittled, the soap opera has an illustrious lineage, with no less than the books of Charles Dickens as an inspiration. Created by the legendary, if not iron-fisted Irna Phillips, The Guiding Light began its life on January 25, 1937. Originally, the show focused on the Chicagoan suburb of Five Points, a bustling enclave of German-Jewish immigrants hoping to find their own piece of the American dream. Giving them the hope and inspiration they needed was a kindly minister named Reverend John Ruthledge (voiced by Arthur Peterson of Soap fame). The Reverend's sermons of hope and forgiveness made such an impression that a bestselling book was published of his most popular homilies. The Reverend's message could be summed up by his favorite mantra from Edwin Markum "There is a destiny that makes us brothers, none goes his way alone, all that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own." On the desk near his window, the minister placed an old lantern, a "guiding light" to those parishioners passing in the cold, hopeless night. In the 1940's the Reverend Ruthledge enrolled as a chaplain to do his part of the war effort. However, when the production of the show moved to the west coast, Peterson refused to join them, so Irna Phillips had the minister die when his plane was shot down overseas. His "friendship lamp" went too with the production move to the town of Selby Flats, California. Reverend Matthews took over for the late Rev. Ruthledge as the center of hope and inspiration. However, by the time that the show was slated to move to television, the religious undertones of the show were virtually gone and the focus was moved yet again to the family Bauer. * Guiding Light was cancelled on April 1, 2009 and the last episode aired on September 18, 2009.moreless
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    Rawhide

    Rawhide

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    CBS (ended 1966)
    Rawhide is the continuing saga of a group of Texans taking a 3000 head herd of cattle north to market.
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    My Little Margie

    My Little Margie

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    CBS (ended 1955)
    My Little Margie was the story of Margie Albright (played by Gale Storm), the vivacious, irrepresable, 21-year-old daughter of Vernon Albright (played by former silent screen star, Charles Farrell), a widowed executive at the investment-counseling firm of Honeywell & Todd. The Albrights resided in a Fifth Avenue apartment in New York. Margie was always trying to help her father get a client, avoid a designing woman, or just to act his age as she felt he should. Margie's elaborate plans almost always included a disguise of some sort, she masqueraded as everything from a male opera singer to Vern's mother to her own, non-exsistant sister to the Albright's equally non-exsistant maid. Usually helping her with her schemes were the spunky Mrs. Odett's, the Albright's aged neighbor, and Freddie Wilson, Margie's ardent boyfriend, whom Vern disliked intently. Other characters in the mix were Mr. Honeywell, Vern's exasperated boss; Roberta, Vern's girlfriend; and Charlie, the elevator operator in the Albright's apartment building. In 1952, the TV series My Little Margie became a radio series, with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell reprising their roles in original episodes which ran concurrently with the TV series.moreless
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    Zane Grey Theater

    Zane Grey Theater

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    CBS (ended 1961)
    Welcome to the Zane Grey Theater guide at TV.com. Zane Grey Theater were adaptations of short stories and novels of the West by author Zane Grey, when the material began to run out stories from other authors were used. Host Dick Powell introduced the episodes and starred in several himself. Wonderful tales of the Old West laden with history and adventure. The opening and closing orchestration was conducted by Harry Lubin, the song was called "Way Out West". There were five episodes which became series' of their own, they include: "Trackdown" which aired 3May57; "The Rifleman" which aired 07Mar58; "Black Saddle" which aired 23May58; "Johnny Ringo" which aired 05Mar59; "The Westerner" which aired 26Mar59. Stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Lloyd Bridges, Eddie Albert just to name a few, appeared throughout the series. A Classic!moreless
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    Playhouse 90

    Playhouse 90

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    CBS (ended 1960)
    The most ambitious and acclaimed of all the anthology series', Playhouse 90 was in a league of its own. "Requiem of a Heavyweight," written by Rod Serling, garnered numerous Emmys and remains one of the best live dramas. Each week the series aired a complete 90 minute live drama. The list of talents is amazing: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Hiller, John Brahm, Arthur Penn were a few of the directors. Every angle and every shot left an impact on the viewing public. It was a treasure of a show, that rare gem that lives on.moreless
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    Mama

    Mama

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    CBS (ended 1957)
    Mama, based on the stage and screen classics I Remember Mama (which in turn were derived from Kathryn Forbe's bookMama's Bank Account), was a long-running program that dates from the earliest days of network television. Mixing simple humor with some mild dramatic situations, the show centered around the happenings of the Norwegian Hansen family in early 20th century San Francisco. The primary characters were Mama and Papa Hansen and their children, though the extended family was also highlighted. Members of the cast were noted for touring during the short Summer hiatus, giving theatrical performances of episodes around the country.

    For much of its history, episodes of the series were broadcast live (from New York City) and the fragile kinescope copies used for broadcast on the West coast were unsuitable for re-runs or syndication and are now mostly gone. In most cases, the remaining handful of kinescopes belong(ed) to cast members from the series. Any surviving examples of early episodes are very rare.

    The final season of the series (the only episodes to be filmed) was composed of Sunday network broadcasts and others that were later added to regional syndication packages.moreless
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    Lassie

    Lassie

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    CBS (ended 1973)
    Lassie currently airs on Discovery Kids @ 12:00/12:30 P.M. and 4:00/4:30 A.M. weekdays. Awards & Nominations 1959 - Emmy Awards - Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series - to June Lockhart 1956 - Emmy Awards - Won Best Children's Series 1955 - Emmy Awards - Won Best Children's Seriesmoreless
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    The Public Defender

    The Public Defender

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    CBS (ended 1955)
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    The Continental

    The Continental

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    CBS (ended 1953)
    The Continental (TV program of romantic readings, starring Renzo Cesana) Networks: CBS Primetime, 1952; ABC Primetime, 1952 - 1953 Length: 15 minutes. Frequency: The show aired two nights a week, moving to ABC before being canceled in 1953. First aired on a local station (KTLA in Los Angeles) before making its CBS network debut on Tuesday, January 22, 1952, following the 11:00 PM local news. A suave Italian-born actor Renzo Cesana sat in a living room set, wearing his dinner jacket, reading romantic poetry to the camera. He wooed his viewers, who presumably were love-starved housewives, with lines like, "Do not be afraid, darling, you are in a gentleman's apartment." The Continental was parodied a number of times. Besides Red Skelton in 1952 and Christopher Walken starting in 1990, others took shots at it, from Ernie Kovacs to Billy Crystal to the AMC series about an old radio station, Remember WENN.moreless
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    The Edge of Night

    The Edge of Night

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    CBS (ended 1984)
    The Edge of Night was television's first 30 minute soap opera. The program premiered the same day as As The World Turns which was also (at the time) 30 minutes long. While the show did begin on CBS, it moved in 1975 to ABC when Procter & Gamble wanted to expand As the World Turns to a full hour. During its 1798 episode run the show had an audience of almost 50% men, something unheard of in today's soap world. The show itself was sold as a soap with a strong background in mystery. The show initially worked and became the second most watched serial by 1966. By the end of its run in 1984 however the show dropped to 14th.moreless
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    The Secret Storm

    The Secret Storm

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    This long-running soap opera was originally titled THE STORM WITHIN. The title wasn't appealing to one of the show's sponsors, Bisodol (an antacid), who was worried it would inspire images of an upset stomach. To appease Bisodel, the serial was retitled THE SECRET STORM, and premiered on February 1, 1954.

    Set in the small town of Woodbridge, New York, the show centered on the newly rich, neurotic Ames family. Patriarch Peter Ames was left to raise his three kids when his wife, Ellen, was killed in an automobile accident. Audiences would soon learn that sudden deaths, exotic diseases, mental illness, and extramarital affairs would figure heavily in storylines.

    The Ames family figured prominently during the serial's first 15 years. Peter was a widower with two teenage children, Jerry and Susan, and a 9-year-old daughter, Amy. Ellen's unexpected death had an especially painful effect on Peter and young Jerry. For a while, the family feared Peter was losing his mind. Later, he turned to booze for comfort.

    THE SECRET STORM premiered as a 15-minute serial, then expanded to 30-minutes in 1962. The soap remained one of daytime's most popular serials until 1969, when it was purchased by CBS. The network executives were inexperienced at producing soap operas and began tinkering with the serial's format. Cast members were suddenly dropped without warning and new characters were constantly introduced, only to be written out a few months later. When the soap was switched to a less-than-desirable late-afternoon timeslot, it seemed like the beginning of the end. By 1974, the soap had gone through several writers, and was daytime TV's lowest-rated soap. After a 20 year run, CBS canceled the serial in 1974, and replaced it with a game show. The soap's final episode aired on February 8, 1974.

    ORIGINAL CAST MARJORIE GATESON...............Grace Tyrell RUSSELL HICKS...................J.T. Tyrell PETER HOBBS......................Peter Ames ROBERT MORSE.....................Jerry Ames JEAN MOWRY.......................Susan Ames JADA ROWLAND.......................Amy Ames HAILA STODDARD................Paulne Harris

    BROADCAST HISTORY 2/1/54 - 6/15/62: 4:15p weekdays (15 minutes) 6/18/62 - 9/6/68: 4:00p weekdays (30 minutes) 9/9/68 - 9/1/72: 3:00p weekdays (30 minutes) 9/4/72 - 3/23/73: 3:30p weekdays (30 minutes) 3/26/73 - 2/8/74: 4:00p weekdays (30 minutes)moreless
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    The Adventures of Champion

    The Adventures of Champion

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    CBS (ended 1956)
    The Adventures Of Champion series was about the exploits of Champion, a wild stallion who befriends twelve year-old Ricky North in the American Southwest during the 1880's.
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    The Hunter (1952)

    The Hunter (1952)

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    CBS (ended 1954)
    Bart "The Hunter" Adams is an American cold war spy. The hunter traveled behind the iron curtain to find information and protect the United States.
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