CTVA US Western - "Death Valley Days" Season 13 (1964-65)

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Season 13 (1964-65)
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############# Death Valley Days ##############
############# season 13 1964-65 ##############
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 26 New episodes (prod. nos. #709-#734)
episodes listed in prod. no. order
Hosted by
Stanley Andrews - The Old Ranger
then Hosted by
Ronald Reagan   - took over when Stanley Andrews died - 1965

1964 Ronald Reagan Boraxo Hand Soap Commercial 

13.01 Death Valley Days: FROM THE EARTH, A HERITAGE
prod. no. 709 (ODAT: 8Oct64; OREG: LP30097)
13-Dec-1964
Harmon Jones.........Director
Stephen Lord...........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Peter Whitney......Nat Halper
John Alderson........Joe Meek
Marianna Hill............Tula
Vici Raaf.............Blanche
Dick Wessel...........Jericho
Sam Edwards...............Les
Perry Cook............Trapper
Synopsis:
Mountain man Joe Meek has been married to Tula, an Ind-ian woman
for two years. When he goes to town, Joe is taunted by Nat Halper,
who wants to buy Tula for $300. But Joe won't sell her. However,
Joe, away from civilization for two years, goes on a binge, and
Tula finds him flirting with a dance-hall girl. Halper convinces
Tula that Joe has sold her and takes her away. When he returns
home, Joe realizes what he has done and sets out after his wife.
He saves her from being killed by Halper, who dies in a fall off
a cliff as the two men fight. Realizing their love for each other,
Tula and Joe return to their cabin and their peaceful life together. [BH]

13.02 Death Valley Days: THE HERO OF FORT HALLECK
prod. no. 710 (ODAT: 9Oct64; OREG: LP30099)
27-Jun-1965
Tay Garnett..........Director
Walt Anderson..........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
James Best.......Jim Campbell
Anabel Garth..Elsie Berringer
William Arvin.......Lt.Harper
John Pickard......Major Breen
Michael T.Mikler...Hank Keith
Thomas Hassom......Ham McCain
(OR Don Haggerty as Ham McCain)
Michael Keep.....Indian Chief
Perry Cook............Charley
Synopsis:
The presence of pretty Easterner Elsie Berringer stirs up
rivalry between handsome cowboy Jim Campbell and newly
appointed West Point graduate Lt.Harper. A practical joke
by Campbell and his two friends, designed to frighten the
young lieutenant, almost leads to a clash between the
cavalry and the Indians. [BH]

13.03 Death Valley Days: HONOR THE NAME DENNIS DRISCOLL
prod. no. 711 (ODAT: 1Oct64; OREG: LP29681)
25-Oct-1964
Harmon Jones.........Director
Kenneth Higgins........Writer
Robert Stabler.......Producer
Robert Hardy Andrews...........Associate Producer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Tom Skerritt..Dennis Driscoll
Don Haggerty..........Henshaw
John Pickard.........Lt.Burke
Michael Keep.......Lion Claws
Richard Schuyler......Officer
Synopsis:
An Indian attack leaves Cavalry officer Lt.Burke and his men
on foot and blockaded. However, a one-eyed mule that trooper
Dennis Driscoll has befriended, wanders back to the besieged
camp. Their only hope of rescue is reinforcements from the
fort, so Burke sends Driscoll and his pet mule on an errand
of mercy. [BH]

13.04 Death Valley Days: THE OTHER WHITE MAN
prod. no. 712 (ODAT: 8Oct64; OREG: LP30098)
15-Nov-64
Murray Golden........Director
Melvin Levy............Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Lisa Gaye.......Healing Woman
Valentin De Vargas....Running Wolf
Rodolfo Acosta......Tall Rock
Don Haggerty.......Dr.Ransome
Roy Engel................Dart
James Edwards...Scipio Gaines
Michael Hinn......Capt.Morris
Gregg Barton.............Hill
Perry Cook..............Miner
Synopsis:
A miner discovers gold in the Dakota Nation, which by governmental
treaty prohibits entry and is solely the land of the Sioux Indians.
The miner is confronted by an Indian girl called Healing Woman
and asked to leave peacefully. When the miner threatens her,
Running Wolf, one of the tribe's more violent braves, kills him.
Upon their return to the village, Healing Woman tells her story
to Chief Tall Rock and, despite the protests of Running Wolf,
they all set out to Fort Carey to explain the incident and
avert breaking the treaty. A Negro slave called the "other
white man," who lives with the Indians is unaware that the
Civil War has made him a free man and is fearful that if white
men come to the village he will be returned to bondage. [BH]

13.05 Death Valley Days: BIG JOHN AND THE RAINMAKER
prod. no. 713 (ODAT: 1Oct64; OREG: LP30096)
06-Dec-1964
Harmon Jones.........Director
Herman Miller..........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Jim Davis.....Big John Drewer
Denver Pyle....Fenimore Bleek
Roy Engel...........Nate Reed
James Seay......Bert Fletcher
Gregg Barton...........Fuller
Michael Hinn............Bates
Earl Parker..........Thompson
Synopsis:
Drought-stricken ranchers of Graham County feud over the services
of rainmaker Fenimore Bleek. Big John Drewer dismisses Bleek as
a charletan and sends him on his way to Waltham County where
he has already been contracted for a job. With no rain in sight,
Big John is finally persuaded to steal the cannon Bleek uses
to induce rain, but this nearly produces an all-out war between
the two counties. Before the conflict begins, however, rain
begins to fall and a near tragedy is averted. [BH]

13.06 Death Valley Days: THE LUCKY COW
prod. no. 714 (0DAT: 1Oct64; OREG: LP29682)
08-Nov-1964
Murray Golden........Director
Crandall Brown.........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Steve Brodie.......John Wiley
Kevin Brodie......Eddie Wiley
Jacques Aubuchon........Chief Piotoot
Phyllis Coates.....Edna Wiley
Denver Pyle..............Zeke
James Seay...............Jake
Synopsis:
A boy loses faith in his father who seems to be the victim of
an unscrupulous Indian trader. [BH]

13.07 Death Valley Days: THE LEFT HAND IS DAMNED
prod. no. 715 (ODAT: 29Oct64; OREG: LP30100)
01-Nov-1964
Harmon Jones.........Director
Rik Vollaerts..........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Phyllis Coates......Dora Hand
Judson Pratt.....Doc Albright
Peter Haskell....Slim Kennedy
Stephen Roberts....Jim Kelley
Pat Priest..............Nancy
James Seay............Marshal
Ric Roman..............Dealer
John Clarke.....Bill Crawford
Synopsis:
Jim Kelley throws cowboy Slim Kennedy out of his saloon.
Kennedy goes for his gun and Kelley cripples his gun hand.
Saloon hostess Dora Hand cares for Slim while he recovers
but he finds he can no longer use his right hand to shoot.
Determined to take revenge on Kelley, Kennedy learns to
shoot with his left hand - with tragic results. [BH]

13.08 Death Valley Days: THERE WAS ANOTHER DALTON BROTHER
prod. no. 716 (ODAT: 10Dec64; OREG: LP30101)
06-Jun-1965
Dick McDonough.......Director
Phyllis & Robert White...........Writers
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Don Collier......Frank Dalton
Laura Shelton....Emmy Johnson
Strother Martin..Charlie Neal
Bill Zuckert...George Johnson
Robert G.Anderson.....Marshal Heck Thomas
Patrick O'Moore..Sam Treeling
Robert Easton...........Moore
Synopsis:
George Johnson doesn't approve of his daughter's romance with
Frank Dalton, who has returned to his hometown as a deputy
U.S.marshal. Frank begins to suspect that Johnson was responsible
for the mysterious disappearance of his ranching partner.
Thus Dalton is faced with the problem of jeopardizing his
future with Emmy Johnson or doing his sworn duty. [BH]

13.09 Death Valley Days: TRIBUTE TO THE DOG
prod. no. 717 (ODAT: 24Dec64; OREG: LP30438)
27-Dec-1964
Harmon Jones.........Director
Lance Hazzard..........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan.....Host/George Vest
Charles Cooper.Carter Johnson
S.John Launer...........Judge
Ralph Moody.......Andrew Cody
Kay Stewart..........Mrs.Cody
Bill Zuckert..........Sheriff
Walter Brooke.........Collins
Bill Erwin.......Jury Foreman
Norman Leavitt.....Joe Harper
Guy Wilkerson.......Dr.Porter
Danny Flower........Andy Cody
Synopsis:
Carter Johnson, a blustering, small-town big shot, shoots young
Andy Cody's dog for trespassing on his farm. Andy's mother and
grandfather appeal to lawyer George Vest, a candidate for U.S.
senator, for help. Vest files a suit against Johnson, which
sets up a storm of controversy and speculation over Vest's
political chances. Ignoring advice to drop the suit, Vest
proceeds and in a stirring (and now classic) jury summation,
voices his "tribute to the dog." [BH]

13.10 Death Valley Days: PAID IN FULL
prod. no.718 (ODAT: 1Jan65; OREG: LP30435)
03-Jan-1965
Lee Sholem...........Director
Jerry D.Lewis..........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Keith Andes....Col.Rob Hunter
Michael Constantine......John Chisum
Aneta Corsaut..Kathy McLennan
Joseph Sirola..Pittson Chisum
Gregg Palmer......Jeb Russell
Melville Ruick.........Watson
Sheb Wooley.......Fred Nelson
Synopsis:
Col.Rob Hunter goes to the Pecos Valley to pay a duty call on
the widow of a slain Confederate soldier who had served under
him during the Civil War. He discovers that Kathy McLennan,
as well as many other residents of the area, have been victimized
by John Chisum, swash-buckling King of the Pecos, who had given
them legally unclaimable IOU's for their livestock. After a
fruitless effort to negotiate with Chisum, Hunter devises a
scheme to out-do him. [BH]

13.11 Death Valley Days: THE TROUBLE WITH TAXES
prod. no.719 (ODAT: 14Jan65; OREG: LP30437)
18-Apr-1965
Harmon Jones.........Director
John Starr Niendorff...Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Royal Dano......Aaron Winters
Alan Reed Jr......Billy Slade
Angela Clarke...Rosie Winters
Joseph Sirola...Stoney Carter
Charles Fredericks....Sheriff Danielson
Sheb Wooley.........Jeb Slade
Synopsis:
Aaron Winters sets out from his Southern Nevada ranch to ride
180 miles to the county seat to pay his taxes. He is pursued by
three outlaws, Jeb Slade, his younger brother, Billy, and Stoney
Carter. Winters kills Stoney and drives the others off. The Slade
brothers trail him and again try to rob him. Billy, an unwilling
accomplice, spoils Jeb's aim in a shootout and Jeb is slain.
Winters takes Billy prisoner and resumes him journey, during
which a strong bond forms between the childless rancher and the
misguided youth. [BH]

13.12 Death Valley Days: A BELL FOR VOLCANO
prod. no.720 (ODAT: 11Jan65; OREG: LP30436)
24-Jan-1965
Lee Sholem...........Director
Robert & Phyllis White................Writers
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Jay Novello.......Jack Harris
Richard Simmons.Floyd Webster
Robert Carricart.........Gomez
Jean Willes.............Maggy
Russell Thorson..Dan Davidson
John Orchard...........Whitey
Laurence Hadden....Honest Jim
Charles Thompson......Captain
Synopsis:
When a small church in the mining town of Volcano burns down, Dan
Davidson, prospector and preacher, fears the townspeople will
lose their ties with religion. Maggy, a saloon operator, raises
$300 to buy a new bell, the first step in building a new church.
By a draw of cards, the town's petty thief, Jack Harris, is
charged with the mission of going to San Francisco to buy the bell.
Circumstances and his own conscience temper Harris' inclination
to pocket the money for himself. [BH]

13.13 Death Valley Days: THE $25,000 WAGER
prod. no.721 (ODAT: 24Dec64; OREG: LP30439)
07-Feb-1965
Director - NOT KNOWN
Writer - NOT KNOWN
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Hedley Mattingly....Muybridge
Diane Brewster..........Flora
Charles Cooper....MacCrellish
Harry Holcombe.....Gov.Leland Stanford
Lew Brown..........David Neal
Synopsis:
Does a running horse ever have all four feet off the ground? When
two men make a $25,000 wager on this, a young photographer begins
the project that will decide the bet and create a new art
form - movies. [BH]

13.14 Death Valley Days: PETER, THE HUNTER
prod. no.722 (ODAT: 31Dec64; OREG: LP30441)
14-Feb-1965
Lee Sholem...........Director
Herman Miller..........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Peter Whitney...........Peter
Julie Sommars...........Tulie
Anthony Costello..........Jim
Jenny Maxwell.........Desiree
Margaret Mason.........Celine
Michael Keep...........Tekota
Synopsis:
Weak from starvation, Jim, an Eastern tenderfoot stumbles into
the camp of Peter, the hunter, and his three daughters, Tulie,
Desiree and Celine. While Peter grumbles, Tulie nurses Jim back
to health. In the midst of a series of encounters with an
Indian named Tekota and his band, who are trying to steal Peter's
skins and pelts. Tulie decides she loves Jim, much to her
father's disgust. [BH]

13.15 Death Valley Days: THE WILD WEST'S BIGGEST TRAIN HOLDUP
prod. no. 723 (ODAT: 18Mar65; OREG: LP30612)
02-May-1965
Harmon Jones.........Director
Robert Hardy Andrews...Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Charles Bateman.....Jim Brand
Pat Priest.......Nora Jackson
Roy Barcroft......Sheriff Sam Jackson
Tyler McVey........Supervisor
Bryan O'Byrne.....Depot Agent
William Tomlinson...Conductor
Gilbert Green..........Howell Hendricks
Synopsis:
Deputy Jim Brand returns to Reno after tracking down three train
robbers. He finds himself pitted by public sentiment against his
mentor, aging Sheriff Sam Jackson, in a possible election fight.
Influential Howell Hendricks, local attorney for the Central Pacific
Railroad, guardedly offers to support Jim so he can "own" him.
Jim tries to sidestep the issue, complicated by his love for the
sheriff's daughter, Nora. When a federal court rules in favor of
Washoe County on a $100,000 tax claim against the powerful railroad,
Jim devises a plan to slap down Hendricks and restore public
confidence in Sheriff Jackson. [BH]
Note:
Charles Bateman did double duty as star of TWO FACES WEST in which
he played twin brothers. [BH]

13.16 Death Valley Days: THE RACE AT CHERRY CREEK
prod. no. 724 (ODAT: 20Jan65; OREG: LP30442)
07-Mar-1965
Lee Sholem...........Director
Del Carnes.............Writer
Phil Cook.......Asst.Director
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Jerome Courtland......William Byers
Nancy Rennick...Elizabeth Byers
Alvy Moore..........Andy Kale
Walter Sande.......Uncle Dick Wootton
Gene Roth..........Krausmeier
Jack Orrison.............Hank
Synopsis:
William Byers and his wife, Elizabeth, arrive with their helper,
Andy Kale, to start a newspaper with little more than a printing
press and determination. A sympathetic saloon owner named Uncle
Dick Wootton advises them that another man has arrived with the
same plan and Denver could support only one newspaper. Adverse
weather in primitive conditions and public apathy fanned only
by the betting possibilities, seem almost insurmountable to Byers,
but his wife's encouragement keeps him going and Denver gets its
first newspaper, the "Rocky Mountain News." [BH]

13.17 Death Valley Days: A BARGAIN IS FOR KEEPING
prod. no.725 (ODAT: 30Dec64; OREG: LP30440)
28-Feb-1965
Director - NOT KNOWN
Writer - NOT KNOWN
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Robert Colbert....Andy Carter
Sue Randall...Mary Ann Duncan
Karl Swenson.......Rev.Hughes
Eddie Little Sky..Tchopatulus
Synopsis:
A woman prepares to work for the owner of a trading post, if he
will return the harp her sister left in his store a year ago.. [BH]

13.18 Death Valley Days: NO GUN BEHIND HIS BADGE
prod. no.726 (ODAT: 25Mar65; OREG: LP30609)
28-Mar-1965
Lee Sholem...........Director
Robert Hardy Andrews...Writer
*
Ronald Reagan..Host/Thomas J. "Bear River" Smith
Barry Kelley.....A.C.Prentiss
Shary Marshall....Millie Cole
Leo Gordon........Nate Bender
Michael Witney......Wild Bill Hickok
Mort Mills..........Mr.Whelan
Woodrow Parfrey......Mr.Stede
Glenn Stensel...........Eddie
Quentin Sondergaard.......Joe
Ed Madden................Ames

The citizens of Abilene hire "Bear River" Smith as town marshal
because of his reputation as a law enforcement officer. He
arrives quietly, avoids the challenge of gunslinger Nate Bender
for a shoot-out and proceeds to subdue Bender with his fists.
Among the impressed are Prentiss, the town's self-appointed
leading citizen and saloon owner, and his pretty entertainer,
Millie Cole. But when they learn that Smith plans to enforce
the law without a gun, they become uneasy. And things start
to happen that make Smith appear to be an unrealistic idealist. [BH]

13.19 Death Valley Days: THE BATTLE OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY (1965)(color)
prod. no. 727 (ODAT: 18Mar65; OREG: LP30611)
Jack Shea............Director
Robert Hardy Andrews..Writer/Assoc.Producer
Based on an article by Jerry MacMullen in "Westways" magazine
*
Ronald Reagan....Host/Captain David Glasgow Farragut
June Dayton.Virginia Farragut
William Douglas....Lt.Burnell
Hal Torey.............Calhoun
William Bramley.....McCartney
Robert Bice...........Marshal
Byron Morrow..........Dr.Ashe
Joe Higgins...........Sampson
R. N. Bullard...........Doane
Synopsis 1:
Mob rule reigns in San Francisco as a vigilante movement gets out
of hand. Federal officials are arrested. Informed of this, David
Farragut, a navy captain disenchanted with his construction
assignment at nearby Mare Island, moves to have the prisoners
released. When the vigilantes "enforcer" McCartney, a burly rabble
rouser, refuses Farragut's demands, the naval officer threatens
a Navy bombardment to disperse the mob. He delivers a time
ultimatum, knowing full well that his ships are fog-bound and
powerless to help. Then he strives to make his bluff work. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
As a young Navy captain, David Farragut is confronted
by a vigilante mob that has taken over San Francisco. [TA]
Synopsis 3:
The future Governor of California and President of the United States as
"Capt. David Glasgow Farragut," gives rioting mobs of Barbary Coast
upstarts what-for and puts down a lawless uprising without firing a shot!

13.20 Death Valley Days: THE FIGHTING SKY PILOT
prod. no.728 (ODAT: 25Mar65; OREG: LP30610)
25-Apr-1965
Lee Sholem...........Director
Robert Leslie Bellem, Todhunter Ballard........Writers
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Skip Homeier..Rev.Benjamin J. Darnielle
Carol Brewster..Claire Vernon
Raymond Guth......Joker Smith
Sheldon Allman..Marty Honegger
Peggy Rea.......Widow Hopkins
Arthur Peterson........Bishop
K.L.Smith........Prison Guard
James Jeter..............Hank
Joe Budd..................Tex
Synopsis:
Young Rev.Ben Darnielle arrives at his new assignment to find a
broken down church and a dispirited congregat-ion. He enlists
the aid of Joker Smith to restore the church. He incurs the wrath
and scorn of tough saloon-keeper Marty Honegger by trying to
rehabilitate saloon hostess Claire Vernon. The minister realizes
that Honegger is the town's chief threat to the restoration of
his church. Joker views the conflict with alarm and Claire, not
wanting Darnielle to be run out like his predecessor, returns to
the saloon. The young minister realizes that a showdown with
Honegger is the only chance to sustain the congregation as he
prepares to meet the challenge with violence. [BH]

13.21 Death Valley Days: THE MAGIC LOCKET
prod. no. 729 (ODAT: 17Mar65; OREG: LP30936)
16-May-1965
Tay Garnett..........Director
Joanna Lee.............Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
June Lockhart...Ina Coolbrith
Sean McClory...Joaquin Miller
Kathy Garver....Dorita Duncan
Irene Tedrow...Head Librarian
Dennis Robertson..Sam Dickson
June Lockhart Jr, Anne Lockhart.............Children
Synopsis:
Proud but tattered Dorita Duncan, a 12-year-old street waif,
attracts the interest of Ina Coolbrith, a spinster librarian.
She recognizes talent and driving ambition but a lack of polish
and restraint in the child. She tries to encourage Dorita in her
reading and plumbs a latent writing ability. Under the candid
childlike scrutiny of Dorita, Ina confesses a long, lost love,
symbolized by a gold locket that is only half a heart. At a
poetry recital featuring her friend, the flamboyant poet, Joaquin
Miller, Miss Coolbrith believes Dorita has stolen her locket.
Dorita, denying it, flees in tears. When Ina discovers the truth,
that Dorita also has a locket given to her by her father, Ina's
long-lost love, she follows her to make amends.
Notes:
Better known as Isadora Duncan (1878-1927) Dorita became famous
as an expressionistic dancer, especially in Europe, during the
early 20's. Ina Donna Coolbrith became California's first poet
laureate in 1915.
June Lockhart starred as Ruth Martin in the LASSIE series.
Sean McClory was Jack McGivern in THE CALIFORNIANS. [BH]


13.22 Death Valley Days: DEATH IN THE DESERT
prod. no. 730 (ODAT: 10Mar65; OREG: LP31274)
09-May-1965
Tay Garnett..........Director
Herman Miller..........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
David McLean.......Luke Lundy
Don Megowan.......Dan Burgess
Valentin De Vargas.Nick Avote
Tom Nardini.......Steve Avote
Synopsis:
A mail rider is robbed and slain by a Paiute Indian. A posse,
led by harsh Dan Burgess, rides to the tribal village. They
leave the pursuit of the renegade across the trackless desert
to the Indians themselves, threatening to destroy the village
unless the killer is brought to justice. A newcomer, Luke Lundy,
disavows this form of justice, but Burgess persists. Paiute Nick
Avote reluctantly pursues the fleeing Indian, slays him and
returns with his body. He gets drunk and in a subsequent street
scuffle, kills Burgess. Nick's younger brother Steve follows him
to urge him to surrender on Lundy's promise of a fair trial. [BH]
Notes:
David McLean starred as the one-armed gunslinger TATE in the
short-lived summer series of the same name.
Tom Nardini played John Henry, the Indian cowboy, in
COWBOY IN AFRICA starring Chuck Connors.


13.23 Death Valley Days: RAID ON THE SAN FRANCISCO MINT (1965)(color)
(verified on film)
Borax prod. no. 731 (ODAT: 10Mar65; OREG: LP31668)
(first aired 23Mar1965)
Filmaster Incorporated Production
Produced by Robert Stabler
Associate Producer, Robert Hardy Andrews
Written by Jerry D. Lewis
Directed by Fred Jackman
Hosted by & Starring:
Ronald Reagan ............... Billy Ralston
Also Starring:
Judson Pratt ................ General Bradley
Vaughn Taylor ............... Asbury Harpending
with:
John Clarke ................. Maurice Dory
Stuart Nisbet ............... George Mason
Vincent Cobb ................ Stephen Franklin
*
Director of Photography, Richard Cunha
Production Manager, Glenn Cook
Supervising Editor, Fred W. Berger, A.C.E
*
Synopsis 1:
Ronald Reagan stars as San Francisco legendary financier William
Ralston who tricks a general into releasing gold from the mint
against Presidential orders and averts a financial panic.
Synopsis 2:
Rumors of a shortage of gold reserves threaten to cause a
financial crisis in San Francisco. Angry depositors storm the
entrance of the San Francisco bank after closing hours. The bank
president, William Ralston, assures them the gold will be
available to them the next morning. Meanwhile, his request to
President Grant to release gold from the San Francisco mint
is turned down. But colorful and cocky Ralston assauges the
fears of his associates and devises a plan to hoodwink the
general in command of the mint, borrow the gold and avert the
unnecessary crisis. [BH]

13.24 Death Valley Days: BIRTHRIGHT
prod. no. 732 (ODAT: 6May65; OREG: LP31671)
30-May-1965
*
Lee Sholem...........Director
Stephen Lord...........Writer

Ronald Reagan............Host
Jason Evers.........Dan Hardy
R.G.Armstrong.....E.E.Bundage
Susan Flannery....Jenny Hardy
Chris Alcaide.........Hackett
Hal Baylor.......Joe Sweigert
Arthur Peterson.....Abner Cox
Kevin Brodie.....Jamie Wilson
Synopsis:
Angered by increasing Federal mining taxes, the citizens of Rough and
Ready, led by powerful E.E.Bundage, vote to secede from the United States.
Young, hard-working Dan Hardy holds out for awhile, then casts his vote
for secession. His wife Jenny, an expectant mother, disapprov-es.
Bundage becomes virtually a dictator, dominating his "cabinet" and
establishing his own rules of government. Townspeople become restive
but fear Bundage's power. Hardy leads the resistance movement. Things
reach a climax when Bundage prepares to hang Hackett, a gambler and
gunslinger he had exiled, without a trial. [BH]

13.25 Death Valley Days: THE JOURNEY (1965)
prod. no. 733 (ODAT: 29Apr65; OREG: LP31669)
Jack Shea............Director
Sid Saltzman...........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Wayne Rogers....Lt.Richard H. Pratt
Robert J.Wilke......Sgt.Wilks
Michael Keep.............Wolf
Leonard Nimoy.....Yellow Bear
Steve Marlo.......Swift Knife
Coby Denton........... Trooper Jenkins
Synopsis 1:
Lieutenant Richard H.Pratt, a young but seasoned Indian fighter,
commands a detail that is transporting a group of captured
warriors to a new stockade. His mission is complicated by
Indian-hating Sgt Wilks, a bitter campaigner, and two feuding
chiefs, Wolf and Yellow Bear, one a Cheyenne and the other a
Comanche. Pratt knows the Indians will try to escape and they
do, overpowering the guards and stealing rifles. The officer
then is faced with re-capturing the desperate Indians and
convincing them to accept a new and hopefully better way of life. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Lt. Richard H. Pratt is transporting a group of captured
Indian warriors when they steal some rifles and escape. [TA]
Notes:
Wayne Rogers starred in the one-season Western series STAGECOACH WEST.
He went on to the more successful role of Trapper John in M*A*S*H.
Leonard Nimoy, of course, is best known for his role of Mr.Spock,
the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of STAR TREK. [BH]

13.26 Death Valley Days: KATE MELVILLE AND THE LAW
prod. no. 734 (ODAT: 4May65; OREG: LP31670)
20-Jun-1965
Harmon Jones.........Director
Harold E.Noble.........Writer
*
Ronald Reagan............Host
Gloria Talbott..Kate Melville
Richard Anderson.Judge Lander
Dick Foran......Will Melville
Gregg Palmer.............Gabe
Rex Holman.........Amos Marsh
Hank Patterson..........Caleb
Patrick O'Moore........Doctor
Tommy Alexander...........Boy
Synopsis:
Will Melville an ex-vigilante rider who is sheriff of Fort Steilacoom
in Washington Territory during the 1850's, is jailed for contempt
of court by Judge Edward Lander after charges against drifter Amos
Marsh are dismissed for lack of evidence. Scornful of the judge's
courtroom procedures, Will's daughter Kate becomes the acting sheriff.
She is a believer in sixgun justice and argues bitterly with the
intellectual judge despite her father's realization that Lander is
right. But Kate learns her lesson when the judge's intervention
spares the innocent Marsh from being hanged by a posse seeking the
killer of an old prospector. [BH]

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