CTVA Western - "Pony Express" (Calif. Nat/synd) ) (1959-60) starring Grant Sullivan

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Pony Express (1959-60)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Sal Crisanti, Grant Sullivan, Rina Fox
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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PONY EXPRESS
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California National Productions, Inc.
for
First-Run Syndication
Produced by Robert Stillman (pilots #1 #2)  and Tom McKnight (series)
Produced Frank P. Rosenberg (pilot ? "The Story of Julesburg")

US Western series 1959-60   approx 35 episodes x 30 min bw
starring
Grant Sullivan
as Brett Clark
Don Dorell
as Donovan (entry #4 "Payoff")
Bill Cord
as Tom Clyde

Premise:
The exploits of Brett Clark, a troubleshooter for the Central Overland
Express Company, better known as the Pony Express, during the 1860's

Other Credits:
Director of Photography: Harkness Smith

Film Editors: Carl L. Pierson, Jack W. Ogilvie, Henry Batista
Assistant Editor: Rod Stephens

California National Productions also
produced 'Boots and Saddles', 'Union Pacific'
'Frontier', and 'The Adventures of Hiram Holiday'

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 [00] Pony Express: THE STORY OF JULESBURG (early pilot 1957?)
(c) 1957 ? California National Productions
Prod. no. 7139
Produced by Frank P. Rosenberg
Written by Sam Peckinpah.
Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Director of Photography, Lester Schorr
Film Editor, Bruce B. Pierce
music supervisor, Raoul Kraushaar.
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest Cast;
James Best .................... Bart Gentry
Helen Westcott ................ Lucy
Sebastian Cabot ............... Jules Renni
Claude Akins,
William Fawcett,
Johnny Western,
Chuck Courtney,
Chuck Webster.

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Syndicated Program

1.1 [--] Pony Express: THE KILLER (Video: epPartners) (1st series pilot) (verified on film - GS)
(possibly unaired)
Prod. no. 7101 (copyright date 30Dec59)
23Mar60 syndicated airdate
Produced by Robert Stillman
Directed by James Nielsen
Teleplay,Jack Laird; Story, Tony Barrett
Director of Photography, Arch Dalzell
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark);
Don Dorrell (did NOT appear in this episode)
Guest Cast:
John Lawrence ........... Wes Mchail
Mark Allen .............. Marshal Stahl
Guest Cast: [GS]
Ralph Purdom ............ Charles Murchison
Elsa Cardenas ........... Cayalanee
Boyd Morgan ............. Gus
Synopsis:
A killer's capture is blocked by "tips" from a reward-hungry couple.
Note:
After we shot "The Killer" episode, it was decided that my costume was too much
the same as typical western wear, and the horse was indistinguishable from other
horses, so we changed to a Palomino which I called Amigo, and changed to the outfit
I began wearing in "The Replacement" the second pilot, which began the series.
[GS- Grant Sullivan]

1.2 [--] Pony Express: THE REPLACEMENT (Video: epPartners) (2nd series pilot) (verified on film - GS)
Prod. no. 7102 (copyright date 7Jan60)
30Mar60 syndicated  airdate
Produced by Robert Stillman
Written by John Meredith Lucas
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Director of Photography, Roger Sherman
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark);
Don Dorrell (did NOT appear in this episode))
Guest Cast:
Bob Anderson ........... Tom Sidell
Robert Stevenson ....... The Marshal
John Reich ............. Ross
Maggie Pierce .......... Ella Sidell
Synopsis:
Clark sets out to fire an Express agent who overstepped his authority. [RF]

1.3 [--] Pony Express: THE LAST MILE
Prod. no. 7103 (copyright date 4Jan60)
06Apr1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest Cast:
Madlyn Rhue ............ Ellen Fairchild
Hugh Sanders ........... Tanner
Robert Brubaker ........ Murdock
Jack Orrison ........... Graham
Synopsis:
Clark comes upon the sole survivor of an Indian attack. [RF]

1.4 [--] Pony Express: PAYOFF
Prod. no. 7104 (copyright date 30Dec59)
13Apr60 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)*
Guest Cast:
Douglas Kennedy ............... Marshal Jeb Loring
Paul Carr ..................... Gunner Jackford
Charles Cane .................. Trimble
Synopsis:
A marshal fears that the desperado he must track down is his son. [RF]
*Note: Don Dorrell was introduced as young sidekick Donovan to appeal to younger
viewers, and stayed on for the rest of the series. [GS]

1.5 [--] Pony Express: WRONG ROPE (Video: epPartners) (verified on film - GS)
07Oct59 syndicated  airdate
Produced by Tom McKnight
Written by Budd Lesser
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Director of Photography, Harkness Smith
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest Cast:
George Brenlin .......... Beau Montague
Charles Maxwell ......... Fetly Montague
Dabs Greer .............. Sheriff
Susan Conteras .......... Joan Barrett
Perry Ivins ............. Old Farmer
Synopsis:
Brett Clark is after a mail robber who uses an alias - Brett Clark. [RF]

1.6 [--] Pony Express: THE DEADLY SNIPER
(c) 1960 by California National Productions.
14Oct1959 syndicated  airdate
Produced by Tom McKnight
Written by Lee Berg, Harry Clark
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Director of Photography: Harkness Smith
Film Editor: Jack W. Ogilvie
music supervisor, Alec Compinsky.
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest Cast:
Claudia Barrett ......... Molly
Peggy Stewart
Earl Hodgins
Terry Frost
Boyd Red Morgan
Jerry Summers
Synopsis:
Dying from a sniper's bullet, a rider tells Brett that he's next. [RF]

1.7 [--] Pony Express: JUSTICE FOR JENNY
21Oct1959 syndicated airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

[--] Unknown Episode (possibly "Justice for Jenny")
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark), Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest cast:
Jenny Maxwell ........... Jenny
Dick Jones .............. Bill
Walter Coy .............. Abe
Synopsis:
A sadistic stepfather uses harsh tactics to smother a young romance.[RF]

1.8 [--] Pony Express: THE TREATY
28Oct1959 syndicated airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.9 [--] Pony Express: MESSAGE FROM NEW ORLEANS
04Nov1959 syndicated airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.10 [--] Pony Express: THE GOOD SAMARITAN
(c) 1960 by California National Productions
11Nov1959 syndicated airdate
Produced by Tom McKnight
Written by Rudy Makoul, Joel Rogosin.
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Director of Photography: Harkness Smith;
Film Editor: Carl L. Pierson
music supervisor, Alec Compinsky.
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest Cast:
Whitney Blake ........... Lorrie
Burt Reynolds
Jackie Blanchard
Howard McNear
Paul Sorenson
************************* no synopsis *************************

1.11 [--] Pony Express: THE PEACE OFFERING
18Nov1959 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest Cast:
Wesley Lau .............. Harger
Lisa Gaye ............... Lotta Lee
Synopsis:
An Indian tribe demands cash in return for continued peace. [RF]

1.12 [--] Pony Express: THE WRONG MAN
25Nov1959 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.13 [--] Pony Express: THE RELUCTANT BRIDE
02Dec1959 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.14 [--] Pony Express: LADY'S CHOICE
09Dec1959 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.15 [--] Pony Express: TOKEN PAYMENT
16Dec1959 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.16 [--] Pony Express: WE OURSELVES
23Dec1959 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.17 [--] Pony Express: SHOWDOWN AT THIRTY MILE RIDGE
30Dec1959 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest Cast:
Douglas Fowley
************************* no synopsis *************************

1.18 [--] Pony Express: BANDIDO (Video-epPartners) (verified on film - GS)
06Jan60 syndicated airdate
Produced by Tom McKnight
Written by Joe Stone, Paul King
Directed by Frank McDonald
Director of Photography: Harkness Smith
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest Cast:
Christopher Dark ....... Miguel Avarado
Douglas Kennedy ........ Gen. Tate
Della Sharman
Robert Ivers
Synopsis:
Menaced by Indians, a desperado and his intended prey become friends. [RF]

1.19 [--] Pony Express: PRINCESS OF CRAZY CREEK
(c) 1960 by California National Productions.
13Jan1960 syndicated airdate
Produced by Tom McKnight
Written by Joe Stone, Paul King
Directed by Frank McDonald
Director of Photography: Harkness Smith
Film Editor: Henry Batista
music supervisor, Alec Compinsky.
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest Cast:
Nobu McCarthy ........... Yashiko
Dale Ishomoto ........... Toshio
Gregg Palmer
Norm Alden
William Giorgio
Phil Chambers
David Leland
Synopsis:
A stagecoach robbery leads to the ransom of a Japanese princess.

1.20 [--] Pony Express: THE THEFT
20Jan1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest cast:
Ross Elliott ............ Callen
Pamela Duncan ........... Rose
William Henry ........... Gorman
Synopsis:
A heist is pulled off then the thief is tripped by a double cross. [RF]

1.21 [--] Pony Express: DUEL AT DEVIL'S CANYON
27Jan1960
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.22 [--] Pony Express: VENDETTA
03Feb1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest cast:
Steve Brodie ............ Pete
Ric Marlow .............. War
Paula Raymond ........... Amanda
Synopsis:
Five brothers of a man wrongly hanged pledge revenge on the Express. [RF]

1.23 [--] Pony Express: MAIL FOR A MALE
10Feb1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.24 [--] Pony Express: THE BREADWINNER
17Feb1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest cast:
Jennifer Raine .......... Tracy
Synopsis:
Posing as a man, a girl attempts to hitch on with the Pony Express. [RF]

1.25 [--] Pony Express: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
24Feb1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest cast:
Nancy Hadley ............ Belle Terry
Emory Parnell ........... Senator
Synopsis:
Clark escorts a senator via stage unaware that a desperado is aboard. [RF]

1.26 [--] Pony Express: THE STATION KEEPER'S BRIDE
02Mar1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest cast:
Judy Bamber ............. Virginia
Donald Murphy ........... Sargent
Bill Cord ............... Clyde
Synopsis:
To feed his bride's greed, an Express agent takes to rifling mail. [RF]

1.27 [--] Pony Express: THE PENDANT
16Mar1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest cast:
Paul G. Wexler .......... Dipper
Natalie Trundy .......... Amber
Synopsis:
Stolen loot turns up as the gift to a teen-age girl. [RF]

1.28 [--] Pony Express: SPECIAL DELIVERY
20Apr1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest cast:
Denver Pyle ............. Hank Watson
Mort Mills .............. Strobridge
James Canino ............ Pete
Synopsis:
As ransom, a kidnapper demands the date of the next gold shipment. [RF]

1.29 [--] Pony Express: THE WEDDING OF BIG ZACK
27Apr1960 syndicated airdate
Directed by Frank McDonald [SC]
Written by Raphael Hayes [SC]
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest Cast:
Richard Wessel .......... Big Zack
Joe Flynn ............... Applegate
Alan Aric ............... Hank
Synopsis:
A sore loser in a poker game claims he was right in robbing a cheater. [RF]

1.30 [--] Pony Express: THE RENEGADE
03May1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest cast:
Richard Karlan .......... Lafe Carlin
************************* no synopsis *************************

1.31 [--] Pony Express: TRIAL BY FURY
10May1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
Guest cast:
Robert Gist ............. Slater
Robert Ivers ............ McGroo
Morgan Jones ............ Plum
Synopsis:
Clark rides into a relay station and the holdup of a station keeper. [RF]

1.32 [--] Pony Express: RECLAIM
17May1960 syndicated  airdate
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan);
******************* no synopsis/ cast details ******************

1.33 [--] Pony Express: GHOST OF CARIBOU RIDGE (Video: Grant Suliivan)
(c) 1960 by California National Productions
Produced by Tom McKnight
Written by Joe Stone, Paul King.
Directed by Frank McDonald
Director of Photography: Harkness Smith
Film Editor: Henry Batista
music supervisor, Alec Compinsky.
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark); Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest Cast:
Valerie Allen,
Kay Kuter,
Herman Rudin,
Vic Lundin,
Bill Erickson.
************************* no synopsis *************************

1.34 [--] Pony Express: THE SEARCH [BFI]
(c)1960 by California National Productions.
Desilu Productions, Inc. [BFI]
Produced by Tom McKnight
Written by John Meredyth Lucas
Directed by Frank McDonald
Director of Photography: Harkness Smith
Film Editor, Carl L. Pierson;
music supervisor, Alec Compinsky
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest Cast:
Suzanne Edwards
Ron Haggerty ............ Mantle
Eddy Waller ............. Nate
Monte Blue .............. Bright Eagle
I. Stanford Jolley ...... Singing Arrow
Synopsis:
A young runner invents an Indian attack to hide the loss of his horse. [RF]

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Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest cast:
Fay Spain ............... Aimee
Synopsis:
Clark and a woman geologist are captured by Indians. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark): Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest cast:
Sean McClory ............ McNarney
Synopsis:
A suspected informer proposes a fist fight for stage fare. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark): Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest cast:
Robert Montgomery Jr. ... Jenkins
John Hoyt ............... Mount
Patrick Waltz ........... Shem
Synopsis:
After a bonded servant pays off his debt, his owner won't let him go. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark): Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest cast:
Joan Taylor ............. Jennifer
Synopsis:
Outlaws rifle a mail pouch in one part of a scheme to get guns. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest cast:
Bethel Leslie ........... Marie
Ralph Reed .............. Kit
Stephen Bekassy ......... Pierre
Joe Vitale .............. Jed
Synopsis:
A young heir faces danger from his covetous cousin. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest cast:
John Alderson ........... Cutter
Synopsis:
Brett defends the Pony Express at knife point. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest cast:
Keith Richards .......... Plummer
Walter Reed ............. Deputy
Judy Nugent ............. Ann
Synopsis:
Clark becomes the tool in a scheme to release a jail-bound convict. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark), Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest cast:
Judy Lewis .............. Elizabeth
Kem Dibbs ............... Hammer
Synopsis:
Clark and a senator's daughter miss the stage, so they head for San
Francisco on horseback. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark), Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest cast:
Miriam Colon ............ Elena
Nestor Paiva ............ Zlaco
Synopsis:
Clark pursues a band of gypsies who overtook a rider and stole his mail
pouches. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest cast:
Bill Wellman Jr. ........ Alden
Carolyn Craig ........... Janet
Synopsis:
Clark and a young boy retrace the last ride of the boy's sheriff
father. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest cast:
Joe Turkel .............. Saunders
Jeremy Slate ............ Trimble
John Harmon ............. Mead
Synopsis:
An ex-convict employee is accused of an Express-station robbery.[RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark), Don Dorrell (Donovan)
Guest cast:
Russ Bender ............. Gorly
Paul McGuire ............ Gibson
Theodora Davitt ......... Nancy
John Craig .............. Cole
Synopsis:
A dying surveyor's maps must be delivered to prevent a massacre. [RF]

Unknown Episode
Starring:
Grant Sullivan (Brett Clark)
Guest cast:
Mary Tyler Moore ........ Juliet
Synopsis:
A medicine-show barker steals a payroll then runs into Indians.[RF]

 
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