CTVA Western - "Adventures of Champion" (Flying "A") (1955-56) starring Barry Curtis & Jim Bannon

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"The Gene Autry Show " (1950-55)  "The Range Rider" (1951-53)
  "Annie Oakley" (1953-57)    "Buffalo Bill Jr." (1955-56)
   "Adventures of Champion"  (1955-56)

Horse Series:
  "Adventures of Champion"(1955-56)    "My Friend Flicka"(1956-57)
"Fury"(1955-60)
     "National Velvet"(1960-62) 
Dog Series:
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (US)(1954-59)  -  Lassie (US)(1954-73)
The Littlest Hobo (Canada)(1963-65)  -   The Littlest Hobo (Canada)(1979-85)
The Adventures of Champion (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Sal Crisanti
Dennis Atkinson <dennis@encorehomevideo.com>
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
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THE ADVENTURES OF CHAMPION
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Champion Enterprises, Inc.
Produced through the facilities of
Flying 'A' Pictures, Inc. Productions (Gene Autry)
for
CBS (Fridays 7:30 pm)
Executive in Charge of Production, Armand Schaefer
Producer, Louis Gray

US Family Western series 1955-56   26 episodes x 30m bw
30Sep55-03Feb56 (19 Network Slots)
20 eps. list with Prod. nos. + 6 eps. prod. nos. NOT known
with:
Barry Curtis as "Ricky" North (age 12)
Jim Bannon
as Uncle "Sandy" North
and
Rebel, the Alsation Dog
starring
Champion, The Wonder Horse (Gene Autry's horse 'Champion')
recurring:
Francis McDonald
as Will Calhoun
Ewing Mitchell
as Sherriff Powers
Stunts: (some stuntmen also appear in various roles)
Bob Woodward (stunts) * Robert "Buzz" Henry (stunts) * John Day (stunts)
*
DIRECTORS INLUDED:
GEORGE ARCHAINBAUD, FORD BEEBE, THOMAS CARR, JOHN ENGLISH,
FRANK MCDONALD
*
WRITERS INCLUDED:
PAUL FRANKLIN, ORVILLE H. HAMPTON, PAUL GANGELIN, OLIVER DRAKE
*
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:STANLEY NEUFIELD
*
SUPERVISING FILM EDITOR: ANTHONY WOLLNER
*
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: WILLIAM BRADFORD
*
MUSIC EDITOR:
ERMA E.LEVIN FROM ORIGINAL MUSIC BY PAUL SAWTELL
AND BERT SHEFTER (UNCREDITED)
*
FILMING LOCATIONS INCLUDED:
ANDY JAUREGUI RANCH, MELODY RANCH AND WESTERN STREET,WALKER RANCH
*
Theme Song 'Champion the Wonder Horse'
music by Norman Luboff  /  words by Marilyn Keith  /  sung by Frankie Laine

FRANKIE LAINE - 'Champion The Wonder Horse' - 78rpm 1956

"LIKE A STREAK OF LIGHTENING FLASHING 'CROSS THE SKY
LIKE THE SWIFTEST ARROW WHIZZIN' FROM A BOW
LIKE A MIIIIGHTY CAAAAANONBALL HE SEEMS TO FLY
YOU'LL HEAR ABOUT HIM EVERWHERE (sic) YOU GO
THE TIME WILL COME WHEN EVERYONE WILL KNOW THE NAME OF
CHAMPIOOOOON..." ETC.

Directors include:
George Archainbaud, Ford Beebe

Scheduled against ABC's "Rin Tin Tin", "The Adventures of Champion"
was replaced mid-season by "My Friend Flicka"

######### The Adventures of Champion #########
############### season 1955-56 ###############
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CBS Fridays 7:30 pm Eastern
30Sep55-03Feb56 (19 network slots)

[01] 30Sep55 CBS Fri
[02] 07Oct55 CBS Fri
[03] 140ct55 CBS Fri
[04] 21Oct55 CBS Fri
[05] 28Oct55 CBS Fri
[06] 04Nov55 CBS Fri

  [07] Advs. of Champion: CANYON OF WANTED MEN
Flying "A" Prod. no. 806 (copyright date? 07Nov55)
11Nov1955 CBS (Chicago) Fri 
DIRECTED BY FORD BEEBE.
TELEPLAY BY PAUL FRANKLIN.
Starring:
Barry Curtis (as Ricky North), Jim Bannon (as Sandy North)
GUEST CAST:
TRIS COFFIN.....AS WALLY BRIGHTON,
GEORGE J. LEWIS.....AS FARO SLAUGHTER,
MELINDA PLOWMAN.....AS LORNA BRIGHTON,
JOHN DAY.....AS ANICO.
Synopsis 1:
SANDY AND RICKY NORTH GET INVOLVED WITH TWO SHADY MEN ASKING LOCAL
RANCHERS TO SIGN A PETITION SO THEY CAN ROUND-UP A HERD OF WILD
HORSES GRAZZING ON PUBLIC LAND. THEIR REAL INTENTIONS ARE TO SELL
THE HORSES FOR A LARGE SUM OF MONEY. [SC]
Synopsis:
An unscrupulous horse trader attempts to get Sandy North to sign
a crooked petition. Sandy's signature would enable the hoodlum to
round up a herd of wild horses at a fat profit to himself. [RF]


[08] 18Nov55 CBS Fri
[09] 25Nov55 CBS Fri
[10] 02Dec55 CBS Fri
[11] 09Dec55 CBS Fri
[12] 16Dec55 CBS Fri
[13] 23Dec55 CBS Fri
[14] 30Dec55 CBS Fri
[15] 06Jan56 CBS Fri
[16] 13Jan56 CBS Fri
[17] 20Jan56 CBS Fri
[18] 27Jan56 CBS Fri
[19] 03Feb56 CBS Fri (final network slot)        

######### The Adventures of Champion #########
############### season 1955-56 ###############
####### Flying "A" Prod. no. Order ###########
20 episodes listed here

 [--]  Adventures of Champion: CROSSROAD TRAIL (Debut)
Flying "A" Prod. no. 801 (copyright date? 01Oct55)

[--] Adventures of Champion: RENEGADE STALLION
Flying "A" Prod. no. 802 (copyright date? 29Oct55)
Chris Alcaide
Rex Lease    
William Tannen

[--] Adventures of Champion: LOST RIVER
Flying "A" Prod. no. 803 (copyright date? 23Oct55)
Ed Hinton
Edna Holland
Rex Reason
Rick Vallin

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE SADDLE TRAMP
Flying "A" Prod. no. 804 (copyright date? 23Sep55)
Chris Alcaide
William Tannen

[--] Adventures of Champion: BLACK KACHINA
Flying "A" Prod. no. 805 (copyright date? 12Jan56)

Adventures of Champion - Black Kachina 1 - 3

Adventures of Champion - Black Kachina 2 - 3

Adventures of Champion - Black Kachina 3 - 3
 

[--] Adventures of Champion: CHALLENGE OF THE WEST
Flying "A" Prod. no. 807

[--] Adventures of Champion: BAD MEN OF THE VALLEY
Flying "A" Prod. no. 810 (copyright date? 14Feb56)
Ray Bennett
John Cliff
Sally Fraser
Morgan Jones
Sandy North's new neighbour seems to bring trouble to the
town. But Rebel and Champion help Ricky to find the real villains.

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE MEDICINE MAN MYSTERY
Flying "A" Prod. no. 811 (copyright date? 15Oct55)

The Adventures of Champion 1 of 3

The Adventures of Champion 2 of 3

The Adventures of Champion 3 of 3

Harry Harvey Sr
Myron Healey   
House Peters Jr.

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE STONE HEART
Flying "A" Prod. no. 813 (copyright date? 13Dec55)
James Best
Don C. Harvey
William Henry

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE DEER HUNTERS (1955)
Flying "A" Prod. no. 814 (copyright date? 20Dec55)
DIRECTED BY GEORGE ARCHAINBAUD.
SCREENPLAY BY OLIVER DRAKE.
GUEST CAST:
Gregg Barton
Kenne Duncan
Howard Negley
Leonard Penn
Glenn Strange
SYNOPSIS:
CHAMPION COMES TO THE AID OF RICKY,WHEN SOME DEER HUNTERS BECOME
ANGRY WHEN THE BOY RESCUES A FAWN. [SC]

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE OUTLAWS SECRET
Flying "A" Prod. no. 815 (copyright date? 15Nov55)
Gregg Barton
Howard Negley
Leonard Penn
Glenn Strange

[--] Adventures of Champion: A BUGLE FOR RICKY
Flying "A" Prod. no. 816 (copyright date? 06Dec55)
Lane Bradford
Edgar Dearing
Terry Frost
Harry Lauter
Gregg Palmer
John Parrish

[--] Adventures of Champion: HANGMAN'S NOOSE
Flying "A" Prod. no. 818 (copyright date? 22Nov55)
Stanley Blystone
Frank Fenton
Mauritz Hugo
I. Stanford Jolley
Hank Patterson
Keith Richards

[--] Adventures of Champion: ANDREW AND THE DEADLY DOUBLE
Flying "A" Prod. no. 820 (copyright date? 13Feb56)
James Best
Robert Bice
Don C. Harvey
William Henry
Jack Mulhall
Mary Jane Saunders

[--] Adventures of Champion: JOHNNY HANDS-UP
Flying "A" Prod. no. 821 (copyright date? 05Jan56)

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE DIE-HARDS
Flying "A" Prod. no. 822 (copyright date? 03Mar56)
Roy Barcroft
John L. Cason
Kathleen Crowley
Mark Dana
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
William Phipps
Robin Short

[--] Adventures of Champion: CALHOUN RIDES AGAIN
Flying "A" Prod. no. 824 (copyright date? 10Mar56)
Steve Conte
John Damler
Larry Hudson
An old pal visits Ricky and Sandy North and lands in some
trouble. It's lucky for him that Champion is on hand.

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE RETURN OF RED CLOUD (1956)
Flying "A" Prod. no. 825 (copyright date? 24Feb56)
DIRECTED BY GEORGE ARCHAINBAUD.
SCREENPLAY BY OLIVER DRAKE.
Guest Cast:
Alan Wells (as Red Cloud)
Glenn Strange
Henry Rowland
Marshall Bradford
John War Eagle
Bob Swan
Mike Ragan (a.k.a. Holly Bane)
SYNOPSIS 1:
AN INDIAN LEADER'S RETURN TO HIS PEOPLE THREATENS TROUBLE FOR
RICKY,SANDY AND CHAMPION. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
Is there one law for the Paleface and one law for the Redskin?
In this fast-moving story of the West, Red Cloud is framed for
murder. Rick and Uncle Sandy have "heap big medicine" of their
own, however, and uphold the white man's law. But the Indians
are on the warpath ...
(13Aug59 BBC UK, Thursday, 5:35pm)

[--] Adventures of Champion: BRAND OF THE LAWLESS
Flying "A" Prod. no. 826 (copyright date? 27Feb56)
Jack Daly
Ann Doran
Sam Flint
Duane Grey
Belle Mitchell
Hank Patterson
Walter Reed

######### The Adventures of Champion #########
############### season 1955-56 ###############
############ Prod. no. NOT KNOWN ############
6 episodes listed here

[--] Adventures of Champion: KING OF THE RODEO (1955)
Prod. no. NOT KNOWN (copyright date? 29Nov55)
DIRECTED BY FORD BEEBE.
SREENPLAY BY OLIVER DRAKE.
Guest Cast:
Ed Hinton
Rick Vallin
Edna Holland
Rex Reason (or RHODES REASON ?)
Tex Palmer
SYNOPSIS:
RICKY DISCOVERS THAT THE OWNER OF A TRAVELING CARNIVAL HAS CAPTURED
CHAMPION AND IS USING HIM IN A SIDE SHOW. [SC]

[--] Adventures of Champion: MYSTERY MOUNTAIN
Prod. no. NOT KNOWN (copyright date? 17Jan56)
Duane Grey
John McKee
Walter Reed
Duncan Richardson
Fred Sherman
Bob Woodward

[--] Adventures of Champion: RAILS WEST
Prod. no. NOT KNOWN (copyright date? 26Jan56)
Roy Barcroft
John L. Cason
Mark Dana
Robert 'Buzz' Henry
Robin Short

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE REAL UNFRIENDLY GHOST
Prod. no. NOT KNOWN (copyright date? 06Feb56)

[--] Adventures of Champion: THE GOLDEN HOAX
(copyright date? 27Dec55)

[--] Adventures of Champion: SALTED GROUND
Prod. no. NOT KNOWN (copyright date? 08Oct55)

The Adventures of Champion - Salted Ground 1 of 3

The Adventures of Champion - Salted Ground 2 of 3

The Adventures of Champion - Salted Ground 3 of 3

Produced by Louis Gray
Teleplay by Orville H. Hampton
Directed by Forde Beebe
Guest Cast:
Hal K. Dawson ............. Jim Custer
Tris Coffin ............... Tom Bennett
George J. Lewis ........... Bert Hollis  
Melinda Plowman ........... Sally Custer  
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Director of Photograhy .... William Bradford, ASC
Supervising Film Editor ... Anthony Wollner
Film Editor ............... Jack Wheeler
Music Editor .............. Erma E. Levin
Sound Editor .............. Arthur E. Klein
Story Editor .............. Paul Gangelin
Assistant Director ........ Stanley Neufeld
Recorded by Glenn Sound Company

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You list 26 episodes for Champion, we have 4 more that are not listed!
Have not viewed them (possible reissues) or never aired?
But each have a production number that fits in the series. Any Idea?
Thanks, Dennis Atkinson
<dennis@encorehomevideo.com>(Dec 2003)


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