CTVA Western - "Northwest Passage" (MGM) (1958-59) starring Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen

CTVA
The Classic TV Archive - TV Western series
"Radisson/Tomahawk" (1957-58)        "Hudson's Bay" (1959-60)
"Hawkeye" (1957-58)         "Northwest Passage" (1958-59)

Buddy Ebsen Series
Northwest Passage (1958-59)   -  The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-71)  -  Barnaby Jones (1973-80)
Northwest Passage (1958-59)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Sal Crisanti, Tom Dischley, Rina Fox
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Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Television
for
NBC
Sundays 7:30 EST Sept58-Jan59 (vs Maverick)
Fridays 7:30 EST Jan 59-July59 (vs Rin Tin Tin)
Tuesdays 7:30 EST July59-Sept59 (vs Cheyenne/Sugarfoot)
Executive Producer Samuel Marx
Produced by Adrian Samish

US Western series 1958-59 26 episodes x 30 min color

starring

Don Burnett as Ensign Langdon Towne
Philip Tonge as General Amherst

Premise:
Adventures of Roger's Rangers during the French/British/Indian Wars
in Canada during the late 1780's.

Inspired by the 1940 MGM film "Northwest Passage" starring
Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Ruth Hussey and Walter Brennan.
and the novel by Kenneth Roberts.

DIRECTORS INCLUDE:
JACUES TOURNEUR,GEORGE WAGGNER,ALAN CROSLAND,JR.,OTTO LANG

WRITERS INCLUDE:
GERALD DRAYSON ADAMS,SLOAN NIBLEY,GEORGE WAGGNER

Photography: Harkness Smith, Harold E. Wellman

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ROBERT H. JUSTMAN
MUSICAL CONSULTANT: RAOUL KRAUSHAAR
EDITOR:FRANK SANTILLO

STUNTS:
GEORGE ROBOTHAM, PAUL STADER, CHARLES HORVATH, CHUCK COUCH,
DALE VAN SICKLE,KEN TERRELL.

LOCATION FILMING: MGM STUDIOS AND BACK LOT.

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NBC
Sundays 7:30 EST Sept58-Jan59 (vs Maverick)
Fridays 7:30 EST Jan 59-July59 (vs Rin Tin Tin)
Tuesdays 7:30 EST July59-Sept59 (vs Cheyenne/Sugarfoot)

  [01] Northwest Passage:  FIGHT AT THE RIVER  (verified -SC)
14Sep58 NBC
TELEPLAY BY SLOAN NIBLEY AND GEORGE WAGGNER.
DIRECTED BY GEORGE WAGGNER.
STORY BY SLOAN NIBLEY FROM THE NOVEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS.
Starring: Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
GUEST CAST:
Rayford Barnes ................ Fesslet
Stuart Wade ................... Phillips
Harry Lauter .................. Mason
Denny Miller .................. Cooper
Hal Riddle .................... Rafferty
SYNOPSIS:
ONE OF ROGERS RANGERS ESCAPES FROM A FRENCH PRISON CAMP AND MAKE'S
IT BACK TO FORT CROWN POINT TO INFORM MAJOR ROGERS THAT THE FRENCH
ARMY IS PLANNING A MAJOR ATTACK ON THE BRITISH. MAJOR ROGERS AND HIS
MEN LEAVE TO INTERCEPT THE FRENCH SOLDIERS AND BRING WITH THEM A CANNON. [SC] :

[02] Northwest Passage: THE RED COAT (1958.09.21)
Patrick Macnee ................ Col. Trent
Roger Til ..................... Gen. Calgrenne
Alan Hale, Jr. ................ Sam Beal
William Boyett ................ Deke
Norman DuPont

[03] Northwest Passage: THE GUNSMITH (1958.09.28)
Lisa Davis .................... Elizabeth Browne
Larry Chance .................. Chief Black Wolf
Lisa Gaye ..................... Natula
Pat Hogan ..................... Rivas
Jim Hayward ................... Jonas

[04] Northwest Passage: SURPRISE ATTACK (1958.10.05)
Larry Chance .................. Chief Black Wolf
Lisa Gaye ..................... Natula
Madge Meredith ................ Mary Broom

[05] Northwest Passage: THE BOUND WOMAN  (verified -SC)
12Oct58 NBC
WRITTEN BY GERALD DRAYSON ADAMS/ FROM THE NOVEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS.
DIRECTED BY JACQUES TOURNEUR
Starring: Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
GUEST CAST:
Angie Dickinson ............... Rose Carver
Claude Akins .............. Calib Brandt
Emile Meyer ................... Ben Klagg
Irene Tedrow .................. Cora Klagg
Rebecca Welles ................ Maureen Carver
CHARLES HORVATH, DALE VAN SICKLE.
SYNOPSIS:
THE OWNERS OF THE 'BLACK HORSE TAVERN' ARE ILLEGALY SELLING WOMAN
TO PATRENTS OF THEIR INN AS PROSPECTIVE WIFES. MAJOR ROGER'S USES
HUNK MARRINER AS A PLOY TO COLLECT EVIDENCE AN ARREST THE INN'S OWNER'S. [SC] 

[06] Northwest Passage: BREAKOUT (verified -SC)
19Oct58 NBC
WRITTEN BY GERALD DRAYSON ADAMS/ FROM THE NOVEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS.
DIRECTED BY JACQUES TOURNEUR
Starring: Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
GUEST CAST:
Adam Williams ................. Corporal Quill
Sandy Kenyon .................. Nathan Hill
Bing Russell .................. Ben Smith
House Peters, Jr. ............. Zach Miller
Bruce Gordon .................. Captain Hugo Marten
SYNOPSIS:
MAJOR ROGERS,SGT MARRINER AND ENSIGN TOWNE ARE CAPTURED BY FRENCH
SOLDIERS AND ARE SENT TO A FRENCH PRISON CAMP WHERE OTHER MEMBERS OF
'ROGERS RANGERS'ARE BEING HELD. THE CAMP'S COMMANDER IS UNAWARE THAT
ONE OF HIS PRISONERS IS MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS. [SC] :

[07] Northwest Passage: COURT MARTIAL (1958.10.26)
Richard Ney ................... Lt. Chambers
Louis Jean Heydt .............. Adam Pierce

1.08 [--] Northwest Passage: THE HOSTAGE
02-Nov-58 NBC Sun
Directed By Jacques Tourneur [SC]
Written By George Waggner [SC]
Guest Cast:
Bobby Clark ................... Jean Louis
Kelly Thordsen ................ Lt. Gordon
Lillian Gillespie ............. La Petite
Ivan Triesault ................ Father Ricard
Synopsis:
Major Rogers is held captive by French insurgents. His only escape is
help from a priest and a group of young children. [SC]

[09] Northwest Passage: SORROW SONG (1958.11.09)

[10] Northwest Passage: THE ASSASSIN  (verified -SC)
16Nov58 NBC
WRITTEN BY GERALD DRAYSON ADAMS FROM THE NOVEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS.
DIRECTED BY JACQUES TOURNEUR.
Starring: Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
GUEST CAST SAME
Carol Ohmart .................. Nora Clayton
Paul Cavanagh ................. Col. George Clayton
Jacques Aubuchon .............. Lt. Joseph Sarat
Pernell Roberts ............... Capt. Jacques Chavez
ALEX SHARP (UNCREDITED), KEN TERRELL (UNCREDITED)
SYNOPSIS:
THE COMMANDER OF THE FRENCH HEADQUARTERS IN MONTREAL HAS ONE OF HIS
MEN, LT.JOSEPH SARAT, DISGUISE HIMSELF AS A PRIEST AND TO MEET WITH
MAJOR ROGERS AT FORT CROWN POINT AND HAVE HIM COME TO QUEBEC SO AN
ASSASSIN NAMED CAPT. JACQUES CHAVEZ COULD KILL HIM. [SC] :

[11] Northwest Passage: THE LONG RIFLE (1958.11.23)
Dean Harens ................... Judd Ramsey
Jeanne Baird .................. Martha Ramsey
Douglas Kennedy ............... Eli Dillon
Gavin Muir .................... Col. Benson
Hugh Sanders .................. Albert Sharp

1.12 [--] Northwest Passage: WAR SIGN
30Nov58 NBC Sun
Written And Directed By George Waggner [SC]
Guest Cast:
Joe Maross .................... Will Martin
Peter Votrian ................. Johnny Martin
Mary Lawrence ................. Ruth Martin
Synopsis:
Major Rogers and his rangers must cope with a deadly band of Huron warriors
and a man who considers himself a coward. [SC]

1.13 [--] Northwest Passage: THE TRAITOR (1958.12.07)
Lewis Martin .................. Capt. Morgan

1.14 [--] Northwest Passage: VENGEANCE TRAIL
21-Dec-1958 NBC Sun (rebroadcast 14Jul59)
Directed by Alan Crosland Jr.
Written by Gerald Drayson Adams
Based on the Novel by Kenneth Roberts
Director of Photography Harkness Smith
Guest cast:
Paul Fix ............. Joe Waters
Rod Dana ............. Kisheewa
Joseph Vitale ........ Chief Akacita
Synopsis:
Major Rogers hears a report from bounty hunter Joe Waters that an
Indian attack is in preparation. Alkthough Rogers doesn't believe
Waters' story, he investigates the report. [RF]

[15] Northwest Passage:  THE VULTURE  (verified -SC)
28Dec58 NBC
WRITTEN BY GERALD DRAYSON ADAMS FROM THE NOVEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS.
DIRECTED BY JACQUES TOURNEUR
Starring: Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
Guest Cast:
Bruce Cowling ................. Sir Martin Stanley
Marya Stevens ................. Lady Kate Stanley
Jay Novello ................... Link
Patricia Donahue .............. Gwen
Ned Wever ..................... Walter Van Horn
Uncredited Cast:
CHARLES HORVATH, CHUCK COUCH, BILLY VINCENT.
SYNOPSIS:
IN THE CITY OF PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, HUNK MARRINER IS SPENDING
HIS TIME AT A LOCAL TAVERN WAITING FOR THE ARRIVAL OF MAJOR ROGERS.
SIR MARTIN STANLEY, AN ADVERSARY OF ROGERS, LEARNS OF HIS VISIT,
AND PLANS TO HAVE HIM DETAINED AND PLACED ON A CARGO SHIP
'THE VULTURE',WAITING TO SAIL FROM PORTSMOUTH ON THE NEXT MORNING TIDE. [SC] :

1.16 [--] Northwest Passage: THE COUNTERFEITERS (verified -SC)
02-Jan-1959 NBC Sun
Directed By George Waggner
Written By Antony Ellis
Based On The Novel By Kenneth Roberts
Director of Photography, Harkness Smith
Starring:
Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
with: Don Burnett (as Langdon Towne)
Guest Cast:
Chester Stratton............as Weeks
John Day............as Solomon Backett
Edwin Jerome............as Giles Kingby
*
Jon Lormer............as Jonathan Henderson (uncredited)
Maurice Manson............as Counselman Goss (uncredited)
Ken Terrell............as The Printing Shop Aid (uncredited)
Fred Sherman............as The Drunk (uncredited)
Synopsis:
After a meet at a tavern,Major Rogers,Hunk Marinner and Langdon Towne
are shocked to find that the money they use to pay the tab is worthless.
The Rangers and the militia had been paid in bogus bills, an
investigation to find the counterfeiting operation soon reveals even more criminal activity. [SC]

[17] Northwest Passage: THE SECRET OF THE CLIFF (1959.01.09)
Taina Elg ..................... Audrey Bonay
Maurice Marsac ................ Colonel Giroux
Albert Carrier ................ Gen. Marquis de Montcalm

[18] Northwest Passage: DEAD RECKONING (1959.01.16)
John Carlyle
Ben Wright
Morris Ankrum

[19] Northwest Passage: DEATH RIDES THE WIND   (verified -SC)
23Jan59 NBC
WRITTEN BY SLOAN NIBLEY FROM THE NOVEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS.
DIRECTED BY GEORGE WAGGNER
Starring: Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
Guest Cast:
Murvyn Vye .................... Matt Stacey
DeForest Kelley ............... David Cooper
Uncredited Cast:
BRETT KING, FORREST LEWIS, DAN WHITE, YVETTE VICKERS
SYNOPSIS:
MAJOR ROGERS, SGT MARRINER, AND ENSIGN TOWNE ARE ON THE TRAIL OF
TWO ESCAPED PRISONERS FROM THE FORT CROWN POINT STOCKCADE, UNAWARE
THAT THEY HAVE CONTRACTED SMALL POX. [SC] :

[20] Northwest Passage: THE FOURTH BROTHER (verified -SC)
30Jan59 NBC
WRITTEN BY GERALD DRAYSON ADAMS FROM THE NOVEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS.
DIRECTED BY ALAN CROSLAND,JR.
Starring: Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
GUEST CAST:
Gene Nelson ................... Dane Wade
Marcia Henderson .............. Joan Paget
Grant Withers ................. Fred Paget
Lee Van Cleef ................. Frank Wade
BILL CATCHING (UNCREDITED), BUZZ HENRY (UNCREDITED)
SYNOPSIS:
THE THREE WADE BROTHERS HAVE BEEN STEALING FURS. FRED PAGET, A
TRADING POST OWNER, ASK'S MAJOR ROGERS TO INVESTIGATE. THE FOURTH
WADE BROTHER, DAN IS INNOCENT OF ANY WRONG DOING AND MUST PROVE HE'S
INNOCENT TO MAJOR ROGERS. [SC] :

[21] Northwest Passage: THE AMBUSH (1959.02.06)
Jean Moorehead ................ Elizabeth Browne
Anne Gwynne ................... Sheila Stark
George N. Neise ............... Vance Stark
John Cliff .................... Thomas Harper
Robert Foulk

[22] Northwest Passage: THE WITCH (a.k.a. Witchcraft) (1959.02.13)
Edith Barrett ................. Reba Morris
Robert E. Griffin ............. Jacob Browning
Martha Wentworth .............. Mrs. Wilcox
Wendy Stuart .................. Mercy Gant
Kay Stewart ................... Ruth Gant

[23] Northwest Passage: STAB IN THE BACK (1959.02.20)
Lisa Montell .................. Emily Duren
Luis Van Rooten ............... Mr. 'Duren
Paul Picerni .................. Guy Perro
Jean Heremans ................. Jon Maimer
Noel Drayton .................. Oliver Leyton

[24] Northwest Passage: THE DESERTER
27-Feb-1959 NBC Sun
Written by Gerald Drayson Adams
Based on the Novel by Kenneth Roberts
Directed by Alan Crosland, Jr.
Director of Photography, Harkness Smith
Starring: Keith Larsen (as Major Rogers) Buddy Ebsen (as Hunk Marriner)
Guest Cast:
Carole Mathews ................ Lila Jason
John Beradino ................. Steve Warner
Burt Douglas .................. Tom Jason
Carolyn Craig ................. Betty Jason
Roy Gordon .................... William Jason
Stuart Randall ................ Bailiff Rankin

[25] Northwest Passage: TRIAL BY FIRE (1959.03.06)
Peter Whitney ................. Daumier
Connie Buck ................... Tehura
Richard Karlan ................ Capt. Bracque
X Brands ...................... Indian

[26] Northwest Passage: THE KILLERS  (final episode of "Northwest Passage")
13Mar1959 NBC Sun
Guest cast:
Karen Steele ..... Mary Clark
Christopher Dark .... Philip Clark
Claire Kelly ..... Lucy
John Russell ..... Daniel
Synopsis:
Mary Clark comes to the frontier as a young bride and finds that
colonial life is not quite what she expected. [RF]

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Summer Reruns
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[--] 14Jul59 rerun of 1.14 "Vengeance Trail" (first aired 21Dec58)

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