CTVA Western - "Stories of the Century" (1954-55) starring Jim Davis, Mary Castle, Kristine Miller

CTVA
The Classic TV Archive - TV Western series

Stories of the Century (Republic-Studio City/HTS)(1954-55) starring Jim Davis, Mary Castle, Kristine Miller
The Adventures of Fu Manchu (Republic-Studio City/HTS)(1956) starring Glen Gordon
Frontier Doctor (Republic-Studio City/HTS)(1958-59) starring Rex Allen
Stories of the Century (1954-55)
aka "Legends of the West" [uk title] / "Tales of the West" / "Fast Guns"
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by
Sal Crisanti, Cindy Rumbold, Tom Dischley , James Beer
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://www.us.imdb.com)


Studio City Television Productions
Hollywood Television Service, a division of Republic Pictures
for
First-Run Syndication
Produced by
Rudy Ralston
Associate Producer Edward J. White

US Western Anthology series 1954-55     pilot? + 39 episodes x 30 min bw
starring
Jim Davis as Matt Clark
co-starring
Mary Castle as Frankie Adams (1954, season 1) (eps 1-26)
Kristine Miller as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones (1955, season 2)(eps 27-39)

Premise:
Stories of Matt Clark, Railroad Detective, who traveled West each week
to aid in the capture of one of history's notable badmen (or women).
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At times, Clark's appearance at the scene seemed somewhat contrived, as
in just "happening" to be in town when Ford shoots Jesse James. The
stories do have some limited educational value, as each one sticks to
the basic facts, although production values for the series were decidedly
low budget. The amazing thing was, that Clark would chase
Quantrill in 1863, the next Tom Horn in 1903...30 years apart...yet he never aged!
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DIRECTORS: WILLIAM WITNEY, FRANKLIN ADREON, JOSEPH KANE
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: ARTHUR J. VITARELLI
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WRITERS: MAURICE TOMBRAGEL, MILTON M. RAISON,JOE RICHARDSON, DWIGHT CUMMINS

FILM EDITORS: IRVING SHOENBERG AND TONY MARTINELLI
DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: BUD THACKERY, JOHN L.RUSSELL
MUSIC BY: DAVID CHUDNOW (MUTEL MUSIC SERVICE)
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STUNTS:
TOM STEELE, DALE VAN SICKEL, BOB MORGAN, ED PARKER, KEN TERRELL, ROCKY SHAHAN,
BUZZ HENRY, FRED GRAHAM, JOHN DAY
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FILMING LOCATIONS INCLUDED:
REPUPLIC STUDIO BACK LOT AND WESTERN STREET.
IVERSON RANCH,
RED ROCK CANYON,CALIFORNIA VICTORVILLE,CALIFORNIA

########### Stories of the Century ###########
############ season 1 early 1954 ############
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Syndicated Program
First Aired January 1954
Most Airdates below are from LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Co-Starring: Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)

1.01 [--] Stories Of The Century: BELLE STARR [verified -SC]
1954 / 25Mar55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Maurice Tombragel
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Marie Windsor .......... as Belle Starr
Ric Roman .............. as Sam Starr
Stuart Randall ......... as The Sheriff
Steve Darrell .......... as The Rancher
Synopsis:
When a herd of U.S. Cavalry horses is stolen, railroad detective
Matt Clark is summoned to solve the crime. He learns that the
leader of the outlaws is a woman with a fancy plumed hat.
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1.02 [--] Stories Of The Century: BILLY THE KID  [verified -SC]
1954/ 1Apr55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Maurice Tombragel
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Richard Jaeckel.........as Billy The Kid
Richard Travis.........as Pat Garrett
Alex Montoya.........as The Bartender
Dale Van Sickel.........as The Gang Member
Tom Steele.........as The Henchman
Buzz Henry.........as Moses Stanton
Fred Coby.........as The Rancher
Duane Thorsen.........as The Train Hobo
John Cason.........as The Outlaw
Synopsis:
Matt and Frankie set out on the trail of cattle rustlers led by one of the
West's youngest and most notorious outlaws.

1.03 [--] Stories Of The Century: FRANK AND JESSE JAMES  [verified -SC]
1954/ 8Apr55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Maurice Tombragel
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Lee Van Cleef.........as Jesse James
Richard Travis.........as Frank James
Dale Van Sickel.........as Chad
Tyler McDuff.........as Bob Ford
Rand Brooks.........as The Undercover Detective
Tyler McVey.........as The Police Chief
Synopsis:
The vengeful James brothers wage a war against the law for the death of their
half-brother, who was killed in a police ambush.

1.04 [--] Stories Of The Century: GERONIMO
1954
15Apr55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Stars:
Chief Yowlachie (as Geronimo)
Robert Shayne
Matt must take a night watchman, who was attacked during a freight
car robbery, to identify the Apaches captured for the crime.

  1.05 [--] Stories Of The Century: QUANTRILL AND HIS RAIDERS  [verified -SC]
1954 / 22Apr55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Maurice Tombragel
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Bruce Bennett.........as Quantrill
Lyle Talbot.........as Colonel Marsham
Ric Roman.........as Todd
Steve Darrell.........as Bill Anderson
Al Bridge.........as Mr. Wilson
Synopsis:
Clark serves with the Union Army as a spy to obtain information about Quantrill,
the guerilla band leader who claims to be for the Confederacy while planning to
assassinate President Lincoln.

1.06 [--] Stories Of The Century: CATTLE KATE  [verified -SC]
1954/ 29Apr55  LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Milton M. Raison
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Jean Parker.........as Cattle Kate
James Seay.........as Jim Averell
Francis McDonald.........as The Sheriff
Tom Monroe.........as Tom
Herbert Heyes.........as A.T.Winthrop
Synopsis:
Matt poses as a crooked trail boss in his efforts to extract a confession of
murder from Wyoming's notorious rustler, Cattle Kate.
(09May67 ATV Midlands UK, Tue 10.45pm)

1.07 [--] Stories Of The Century: SAM BASS [verified -SC]
1954 / 6May55 LA (repeated 6Dec55 at 10:30-11:00 via ABC affiliates)
Directed by William Witney
Written by Milton M. Raison
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Don Haggerty ......... as Sam Bass
Denver Pyle .......... as Bill Hayes
Larry Hudson ......... as Pete Touhey
James Anderson ....... as The Hold-Up Henchman
Earle Hodgins ........ as The Conductor
Don Harvey ........... as The Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Dennis Moore ?
Stuart Whitman ?
Synopsis:
When Sam Bass and his gang steal $60,000 in a robbery, Matt follows
the robbers into the swampland.

1.08 [--] Stories Of The Century: JOHN RINGO  [verified -SC]
1954/ 13May55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Maurice Tombragel
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Donald Curtis.........as John Ringo
Emlen Davis.........as Helen Ringgold
Ralph Sanford.........as The Bartender
Lee Roberts.........as The Sheriff
Greg Barton.........as The Henhman
Harry Lauter.........as The Cowboy
Rocky Shahan.........as The Posseman
Synopsis:
When a payroll of $10,000 silver dollars is stolen from the Southwest Railroad,
Matt is called in to catch the culprit.

1.09 [--] Stories Of The Century: THE DALTON GANG [verified -SC]
1954 / 20May55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Milton M. Raison
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Myron Healey.........as Bob Dalton
Robert Bray.........as Emmett Dalton
Fess Parker.........as Grat Dalton
John Mooney.........as Bill Dalton
Keith Richards.........as Pete
Robert Foulk.........as Sheriff Grimes
James Stone.........as Charlie Wilson
Guy Teague.........as Hal
Synopsis:
When the Dalton brothers turn in their badges and turn to lawlessness, railroads,
banks and stagelines are in danger.

1.10 [--] Stories Of The Century: DOC HOLLIDAY   [verified -SC]
1954/ 27May55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Milton M. Raison
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Kim Spalding.........as Dr.John H.'Doc'Holliday
Frank Richards.........as Ike Clanton
James Craven.........as Wyatt Earp
George Eldredge.........as Sheriff Pete Mason
Harry Harvey,Sr.........as The Train Engineer
Rocky Shahan.........as Ed
Synopsis:
Well educated Holliday leads a double life as friend and foe of the law. Matt
Clark and his assistant attempt to end Doc's two-faced, two-fisted career.

 1.11 [--] Stories Of The Century: THE YOUNGER BROTHERS  [verified -SC]
1954/  3Jun55 LA
Directed By William Witney [SC]
Written By Maurice Tombragel [SC]
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast: [SC]
George Wallace.........as Cole Younger
Gregory Walcott.........as John Younger
Sheb Wooley.........as Jim Younger
Louise Beavers.........as Aunt Nellie
Paul McGuire.........as Bill Chadwick
Clarence Straight.........as The Farmer
Roy Gordon.........as The Sheriff
Synopsis:
Clark and his assistant try to get proof of the Younger Brother's participation
in a bank robbery. Frankie poses as a country cousin from Virginia when she pays
a visit to the Younger Brother's home.

1.12 [--] Stories Of The Century: JOHN WESLEY HARDIN [verified -SC]
1954 / 10Jun55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Milton M. Raison
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Richard Webb.........as John Wesley Harden
John Pickard.........as Dave
Howard J. Negley.........as Marshall Corbin
Robert Karnes.........as John Selman
Paul Keast.........as Arthur Sills
John Eldredge.........as The Warden
Abel Fernandez.........as Yellow Hat
Synopsis:
At 25, John Wesley Hardin had killed forty men. His fabulous life carried him
from lawlessness to a career as a respected lawyer, but he couldn't resist the
outlaw's life. Matt Clark is called in after a cattle theft and a murder are
committed in Abilene.

1.13 [--] Stories Of The Century: JOAQUIN MURIETTA
1954
17Jun55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Stars:
Rick Jason (as Joaquin Murieta)
Charlita
Joaquin Murieta, the outlaw scourge of the California goldfields,
kills men in cold blood but has a weakness for women. Matt and
Frankie set out to capture him.

1.14 [--] Stories Of The Century: TIBURCIO VASQUEZ [verified -SC]
1954 / 24Jun55 LA
Directed by William Witney
Written by Maurice Tombragel
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Anthony Caruso .......... as Tiburcio Vasquez
Glenn Strange ........... as Sheriff Billy Rowland
Lillian Molieri ......... as Dolores
Edward Colemans ......... as Padre Amador
Eddie Parker ............ as Trapper
Frank Hagney ............ as Greek George
Frosty Royce ............ as The Deputy (uncredited)
Lennie Geer ............. as The Deputy (uncredited)
Synopsis:
Tiburcio Vasquez follows the vengeance trail and kills Americanos,
since brawling Americans were responsible for his sister's death.

1.15 [--] Stories Of The Century: CHIEF CRAZY HORSE
1954
1Jul55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Star:
George Keymas (as Chief Crazy Horse)
Clark is called in after the U.S. Army, local Indian agents and
the government fail to put down a massive Sioux uprising in Nebraska.

1.16 [--] Stories Of The Century: BLACK BART [verified -SC]
1954
8Jul55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Maurice Tombragel
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Arthur Space.........as Black Bart/C.E. Bolton
Frank Sully.........as Macardle
I.Stanford Jolley.........as Sheriff Bascomb
Sammy Ogg.........as Todd
Marc Hamilton.........as Bob Harris
Victor Sen Yung.........as Mr.Chang
William Tannen.........as The Jail Cell Robber
Frank Jaquet.........as The Judge
Synopsis:
A notorious gentleman-outlaw always rides alone on his missions of robbery and
murder, except once, which is enough to enable Matt to find the dangerous dandy.

1.17 [--] Stories Of The Century: HENRY PLUMMER
1954
15Jul55 [us] LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Stars:
John Dehner (as Henry Plummer)
Lane Bradford
George D. Barrows
Kristine Miller (plays a different role than Jonesy)
Synopsis 1:
Henry Plummer is elected sheriff on his promise of honesty and law
enforcement. Little do the people realize that, in the space of
eight months, he and his gang will be responsible for the deaths
of 103 people.
Synopsis 2:
A neckerchief, tied in a sailor's knot, provides detectives
with a clue that leads to the break-up of the most widespread
criminal organization in the west. (Tyne-Tees "The Viewer" UK)
(11Oct62 Tyne-Tees UK, Thur 8:25 pm)

1.18 [--] Stories Of The Century: BILL LONGLEY [verified -SC]
1954 / 22Jul55 LA
Directed by William Witney
Written by Joe Richarson
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Douglas Kennedy ........ as Bill Longley
Marlo Dwyer ............ as Mamie Logan
Fred Coby .............. as Hank Kelso
John Halloran .......... as Sheriff Milt Mast
Harry Hayden ........... as Parson Jenkins
Robert Carson .......... as The Prison Guard (uncredited)
Wayne Burson ........... as The Deputy (uncredited)
Synopsis:
Bill Longley escapes from jail after conviction for robbery and
murder. Matt knows that if they find Bill's trapeze artist
girlfriend, they may find Longley and his loot. 

1.19 [--] Stories Of The Century: HARRY TRACY [verified -SC]
Directed by William Witney
Written by Maurice Tombragel
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Steve Brodie .......... as Harry Tracy
Richard Avonde ........ as Dave Merrill
Helen Wallace ......... as Mrs. Billings
Gene Roth ............. as Sheriff Clayton
Edward Clark .......... as The Delivery Man
Synopsis:
A member of psychopathic killer Harry Tracy's own gang tips off
rail detective Clark as to his whereabouts, as even his former
friends can't stand his brutality and needless killings.

 1.20 [--] Stories Of The Century: THE WILD BUNCH OF WYOMING  [verified -SC]
1954
5Aug55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Maurice Tombragel Guest
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Joe Sawyer.........as Butch Cassidy
Slim Pickens.........as The Smilling Kid
Lane Chandler.........as Dog Face
Bob Carney.........as The Salesman
Boyd Stockman.........as The Gang Member
Synopsis.
Story about Butch Cassidayís gang. A jokester alerts Matt Clark to his
activities when he signs the names of past and present greats to $30,000 worth
of stolen bank notes.
 
1.21 [--] Stories Of The Century: THE DOOLIN GANG [verified -SC]
1954/ 12Aug55 LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Joe Richardson
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Leo Gordon ........... as Bill Doolin
Joan Shawlee ......... as Sarah Brinkley
Don Kennedy .......... as Red Buck
Kenneth McDonald ..... as Marshal Gleason
Patrick Waltz ........ as Ed Brinkley
Ken Chryson .......... as The Ticket Agent
Synopsis:
Frankie thoroughly confuses outlaw leader Bill Doolin when she poses as the
widow of one of his slain men.

 
1.22 [--] Stories Of The Century: LITTLE BRITCHES [verified -SC]
1954 / 19Aug55
Directed by William Witney
Written by Gerald Geraghty
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Gloria Winters ......... as Little Britches
James Best ............. as Dave
Tyler McVey ............ as Marshal Hamner
Robert Livingston ...... as Kerwin
Bruce Payne ............ as Jeff McCall
Norman Field ........... as The Banker
Snopsis:
A girl turns outlaw in order to follow her outlaw lover to Oklahoma.

1.23 [--] Stories Of The Century: BLACK JACK KETCHUM  [verified -SC]
1954 / 26Aug55
Directed By William Witney
Written By Dwight Cummins and Maurice Tombragel
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Jack Elam.........as Black Jack Ketchum
Michael Hall........as Eddie Cullen
Jean Inness.........as Mrs. Cullen
Otis Garth.........as Andrew Stone
Mitchell Kowal.........as Sheriff Bill Joad
Zon Murray.........as Will Couver
Charles Horvath.........as Pete Morley
Synopsis:
A mother's fear for her son, who has run off to join the notorious Ketchum gang,
help Matt Clark track down the outlaws.

1.24 [--] Stories Of The Century: TOM HORN  [verified -SC]
1954
2Sep55 [us] LA
Directed By William Witney
Written By Joe Richardson
Starring:
Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Louis Jean Heydt.........as Tom Horn
Harry Woods.........as Jim Stanton
Stanley Andrews.........as Henry Livingston
Clay Randolph.........as Doby
Michael Whalen.........as Sheriff Roberts
Walter Coy.........as Sam Clayton
Chuck Courtney.........as The Young Boy
Synopsis #1:
The story of Tom Horn, famous cattle detective who cleared out the rustlers and
badmen around Cheyenne in the 1890's
Synopsis #2:
Matt Clark and Frankie tackle the case of a color blind cattle rancher who turns
killer during a Wyoming range war.
(6Apr63 Tyne-Tees UK, Saturday 7:55pm)

1.25 [--] Stories Of The Century: BEN THOMPSON [verified -SC]
1954 / 9Sep55 LA
Directed by William Witney
Written by Maurice Tombragel
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Cast:
Richard Simmons ........ as Ben Thompson
Claire Carleton ........ as Texas Bess
Douglas Evans .......... as Kane
Mauritz Hugo ........... as The Constable
Howard Wright .......... as The Rancher
Synopsis:
A baby faced gunman starts the biggest fire in Texas history as
part of a gigantic wheatfield swindle.

1.26 [--] Stories Of The Century: CLAY ALLISON
1954 / 16Sep55
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Mary Castle (as Frankie Adams)
Guest Stars:
Jack Kelly (as Clay Allison)
Paul Farber
Confederate soldiers plot revenge on the Yanks, while terrorizing
the Southwest.

########### Stories of the Century ###########
############ season 2 early 1955 ############
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Syndicated Program
First Aired January 1955
Most Airdates below are from LA ?
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark)  Co-Starring: Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
(replacing Mary Castle)

2.01 [27] Stories Of The Century: BURT ALVORD  [verified -SC]
23Sep55 LA
Written by Maurice Tombragle
Directed by William Witney
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Cast: [SC]
Chris Drake ............. as Burt Alvord
Paul Sorenson ........... as Billy Stiles
Fran Bennett ............ as Molly Branson
Howard Wright ........... as Sheriff Alvord
Kathleen MulQueen ....... as Hattie
Synopsis:
A notorious outlaw is able to cover up his crimes because he is
the son of a sheriff, until Matt Clark gets on his trail.

2.02 [28] Stories Of The Century: THE APACHE KID
30Sep55 [us] LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Stars:
Kenneth MacDonald
Kenneth Alton
Pilar del Ray
Apache Kid, an Indian youth trained and trusted by a
U.S. Army Chief of Scouts, leads a life of robbery and
murder which is brought to an end at the hands of one
of his many victims.
(26June64 ATV Midlands UK)

2.03 [29] Stories Of The Century: TOM BELL
7Oct55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Stars:
Glen Gordon
Stanley Blystone
Stuart Whitman
Synopsis 1:
While helping a mother find her long-lost doctor son, Matt and
Jonesy come upon the trail of a famous gunman.
Synopsis 2:
Time: 1850s. Locale: California.
Pity for a mother's grief for her long-lost doctor son leads Matt Clark
and his assistant, "Jonesy" Jones, to a startling discovery about the
notorious gunman, Tom Bell.
(Syndicated Rerun, 27Sep69 KMSP-9 Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN Sat 12:30 pm) [J.Beer]

2.04 [30] Stories Of The Century: KATE BENDER
14Oct55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Stars:
Veda Ann Borg
Corey Allen
Slim Pickens
Kate Bender and her half-witted brother go undetected as they
lure victims to their farmhouse to rob and kill them.

2.05 [31] Stories Of The Century: AUGUSTINE CHACON
21Oct55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Stars:
Rodolfo Hoyos
Keith Richards
Laurette Luez
A handsome Mexican bandit conducts a crime rampage without
interruption until he starts to use the railroad to dispose of
his victims.

2.06 [32] Stories Of The Century: CHEROKEE BILL
28Oct55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Stars:
Pat Hogan
Frank Sully
Dennis Moore
Oklahoma half-breed with a deep hatred for whites embarks on a
life of crime after he is expelled from college on suspicion of
petty thievery. Matt and Jonesy go after him when he tries to
rob a wagon train.

2.07 [33] Stories Of The Century: NATE CHAMPION [verified -SC]
4Nov55 LA
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Written by Budd Lesser
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Cast:
Henry Brandon ......... as Nate Champion
Damian O'Flynn ........ as Roger Benton
Lisa Daniels .......... as Joan Jamison
Robert B. Williams .... as Sheriff Smith
Don Kennedy ........... as Nick Ray
Gene Roth ............. as The Townsman (uncredited)
Synopsis:
An embezzling Englishman, his criminally trained young daughter and a
cattle rustler combine forces to wreak havoc upon Wyoming cattle ranchers.
 
2.08 [34] Stories Of The Century: SONTAG AND EVANS (aka GUNTHER S. EVANS) [verified -SC]
11Nov55 LA
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Written bY Maurice Tombragel
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Cast:
John Smith ............. as John Sontag
Morris Ankrum .......... as Chris Evans
Claudia Barrett ........ as Sue Evans
Howard J. Negley ....... as Sheriff Owens
Jimmy Dodd ............. as The Deputy
Carl Christian ......... as Jefferson
Synopsis:
Two men wage a campaign of robbery and sabotage against the railroads of
California's San Joaquin Valley.

2.09 [35] Stories Of The Century: RUBE BURROWS [verified -SC]
18Nov55 LA
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Written by Maurice Tombragel
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Cast:
Paul Picerni .......... as Rube Burrows
Jean Wiles ............ as Emma Hutchins
Ralph Sanford ......... as Chief Of Police
Terry Frost ........... as Sam Harlow
Norman Leavitt ........ as The Constable
Bob Carney ............ as The Conductor
Earle Hodgins ......... as The Clerk (uncredited)
Synopsis:
Matt and Jonesy are assigned to track down a thief with a dramatic
flair who has pulled off a daring rail robbery.

2.10 [36] Stories Of The Century: JIM COURTWRIGHT
25Nov55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Stars:
Robert Knapp
Fred Sherman.
Matt Clark comes to Fort Worth, Texas to investigate a gunslinging
ex-marshal who has started up a deadly protection racket.

2.11 [37] Stories Of The Century: JACK SLADE [verified -SC]
2Dec55 [us] LA
Directed By Franklin Adreon
Written By Milton M. Raison
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Cast:
Greg Palmer.........as Jack Slade
Elaine Riley.........as Virginia Slade
Pierce Lyden.........as Bill Ankley
Paul Newlin.........as Jules Beni
Harry Harvey,Jr.........as The Pony Express Rider
George Eldredge.........as Tom Gorcly
Rocky Shahan.........as The Posse Member
Synopsis:
A man tops his life of crime by getting a job with the Pony Express, where he can
get information on shipments of cash and bullion. When the information leads him
to a shipment of railroad money, Matt and his assistant are assigned to the case.
(29Dec61 Tyne-Tees UK, Friday 7:30 pm)

2.12 [38] Stories Of The Century: MILT SHARP
9Dec55 LA
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Stars:
Don "Red" Barry
William Tannen
Harry Woods
Two escaped convicts, a highwayman and a murderer, stop a
stagecoach and kidnap a banker riding in it. Because the coach
was a connection between railroads, the case falls under the
jurisdiction of Matt Clark.

2.13 [39] Stories Of The Century: L.H. MUSGROVE (final episode) [verified -SC]
16Dec55
Directed By Franklin Adreon
Written By Maurice Tombragel
Starring: Jim Davis (as Matt Clark) Kristine Miller (as Margaret "Jonesy" Jones)
Guest Cast:
John Archer .......... as L. H. Musgrove
James Craven ......... as Sheriff Sims
Charles Evans ........ as Mr. Blair
Rod Williams ......... as Ed Franklin
Jack Daly ............ as The Express Agent
Jack Shea ............ as The Vigilante Leader
Synopsis:
A clever and unscrupulous manipulator develops a huge fortune
with his wholesale cattle thievery. Matt is assigned to investigate
him when horses are found missing from the railroad corral.

 ########## Stories of the Century ###########
########### historical background ###########
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Through Republic Pictures, with its prolific outpouring of "B" grade
feature films and matinee serials of the post-Second World War period,
came this collection of 39 teleplays whose subjects included both
strious and notorious figures in Americaís western landscape.

Among the more obscure characters of historical fact or of lore are
Ella Watson, known as "Cattle Kate" (possibly ep#6 ) , an 1889 victim
(by hanging without benefit of trial) of Wyoming vigilantes, whose homicide
helped to launch the Johnson County War between long-established landowners
and immigrant homesteaders three years later.

That same war took the life of Nathan "Nate" D. Champion (ep#33), a
Texas-born cattle driver who was martyred in defense of his cabin on the
Nolan K. C. Ranch, north of the Powder River, outside of Casper, Wyoming.

An egregious nomad of the Oklahoma Territory was William Doolin (ep#21),
whose gang pillaged a series of banks and trains before being relentlessly
pursued by United States Deputy Marshal William Tilghman. Tilghman
captured and arrested Doolin in a hotel lobby; Doolin escaped, only to be
killed in gunplay with a different officer of the law.

Another pillager was Henry Plummer (ep#17), who had assumed the position of
Sheriff of Beaverhead County, Montana Territory, from which vantage point
he could be forewarned of gold transports. His notoriety commenced even
earlier, with a series of stagecoach holdups through much of the 1850ís.
Plummerís demise was at the hands of a team of vigilantes, who hanged him
in his own Beaverhead County, on a blustering January 10, 1864.

Along with the
more celebrated western desperadoes, such as William H. Bonney, actually
Henry McCarty, known as "Billly the Kid" (1859-81), John Wesley Hardin
(1853-95), Sam Bass (1851-78), and the James Brothers, Frank (1843-1915),
and Jesse (1847-82), there are also stock portrayals of Native American
figures like Geronimo (1829-1909), Chief of the Southern Chiricahua Apache,
Crazy Horse (1844?-77), Chief of the Minneconjou Band of the Oglala Sioux,
and "The Apache Kid", believed to have been born Has-kay-bay-nay-ntayl
(c. 1869- c.1894), the scourge of the Arizona border following his flight
from officials escorting him a penitentiary in Yuma . "The Apache Kid"
became legendary after his apparent disappearance circa 1894. The
anthology also contains uplifting portraits of western paladins who have
been properly drawn as earthy and sometimes lax, of which the Texas
marshals T.I., called "Long Hair Jim", Courtright of Fort Worth, and Ben
Tompson of Austin are supreme examples.

########## The Last Stagecoach West ##########
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Not part of the series - included here for reference only

THE LAST STAGECOACH WEST ( 1957 theatrical film)(87 min)
Republic Pictures/ Ventura Productions, Inc.
CLNA: Repix, Inc.
(a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Telefilm Associates Inc.)
directed by Joseph Kane
written by Barry Shipman.
Cast:
Jim Davis ..................... Bill Cameron (Railroad detective)
Mary Castle ................... Louise McCord (rancher's daughter)
Victor Jory ................... Rand McCord
Lee Van Cleef ................. Steve Margolis
Grant Withers ................. Ben Gibson
Roy Barcroft .................. Pa Ketchum
John Alderson ................. George Bryson
Mary Treen .................... Miss Feeney
Percy Helton .................. Telegraph Operator
Glenn Strange
Willis Bouchey

########### Stories of the Century ###########
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