CTVA US Western - "Trackdown" (Four Star/CBS) Season 1 (1957-58)

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Starring Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Season 1 (CBS) (1957-58)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Sal Crisanti, Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


 
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CBS Fridays 8:00PM EST

 *1.1 [--] Trackdown: THE MARPLE BROTHERS
04-Oct-1957 CBS Fri  (Rerun 20Jun58)
Directed by Thomas Carr
Written By John McGreevey
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
James Best.........as Rand Marple
James Griffith.........as Thad Marple (recurring)
Jan Merlin.........as Cece Marnie
Gail Kobe.........as Beth (later recurring as Penny Adams)
Tom Pittman.........as Tom Sladen
Roy Engel.........as The Marshall
Don House.........as The Doctor
Sheb Wooley.........as The Sharpshooter
Synopsis:
Ranger Hoby Gillman is on the trail of the notorious Marple Brothers and their
gang wanted for murder and robbery. He tracks them to the town of Stockton,
Texas and finds that the outlaws are holding woman and children hostages in the local church.
He must take the Marple Brothers without endangering the townspeople's lives. [SC]

1.2 [--] Trackdown: LAW IN LAMPASAS
11-Oct-1957
Law in Lampasas (1)
Law in Lampasas (2)
Law in Lampasas (3)
Directed by Thomas Carr
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Frank Ferguson ................ Judge Tolliver
James Lydon ................... Sam Devlin
Vaughn Taylor ................. Doc Rivers
John Cliff
Fintan Meyler
A man accused of killing the newspaper publisher in a small town faces an angry
mob determined to lynch him. Ranger Hoby Gilman
tries to see that justice is done.

1.03 [--] Trackdown: SAN SABA INCIDENT
18-Oct-1957 CBS Fri
Directed By Donald McDougall
Written By D.D.Beachamp [SC]
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast: [SC]
Rex Reason.........as Travis, The Stranger
Margaret Hayes.........as Abby Lindon
Mort Mills.........as Ike Collins
Guy Wilkerson.........as Dutchy Hoffman
Chris Alcaide.........as Prisoner#1
Robert Karnes.........as Prisoner#2.
[Note: The storyline for this episode was re-used again for a "Wanted Dead
Or Alive" episode titled 'Prison Trail'(1960) It was scripted by the same
writer D.D.Beauchamp who only changed the charactor names.]
Synopsis:
Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman sets out for the state penitentiary at Sat Saba with a
wagonload of prisoners, one of them a beautiful woman who has been convicted
of manslaughter. The Ranger suddenly finds that the wagon is being followed,
and he prepares to defend his captives.

1.4 [--] Trackdown: EASTON, TEXAS
25-Oct-1957
Easton, Texas (1)
Easton, Texas (2)
Easton, Texas (3)
Directed by Thomas Carr
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Dabbs Greer ................... Station Agent
Larry Kelly ................... Sheriff Joe French
Gale Robbins .................. Sherry Lamar
Dee Carroll ................... Larissa
Robert Foulk .................. Dan Cutler
Ned Glass
Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman goes to Easton, to solve a robbery. He finds two dead
men, a wounded station agent & a dynamited safe.

1.05 [--] Trackdown: LIKE FATHER
01-Nov-1957 CBS Fri
Directed by John English
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast
William Talman
Malcolm Brodrick
James Seay
James Nolan
Don Diamond
Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman captures a vicious criminal and then must deal with
the man's rebellious teenage son.

1.06 [--] Trackdown: SWEETWATER, TEXAS
08-Nov-1957 CBS Fri
Directed By Donald McDougall
Written By Norman Jacobs
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Valerie French.........as Marcia
Ray Danton.........as Clem Reese
Paul Richards.........as Mr.Nelson
Paul Birch.........as The Sheriff
John Mitchum.........as The Bar Patron
Synopsis 1:
Hoby Gillman comes upon the remains of a stagecoach hold-up. The only survivor
is a baby. Gillman finds a note with the name of a woman and a town called
Sweetwater. After leaving the infant with a local doctor,Hoby investigates
and his only suspects to the murder and robbery are a gambler and a drummer.
[SC]
Synopsis 2:
Gilman comes upon a stagecoach that has been robbed, with all the passengers
dead except for a baby. His only clue is the phonograph of a woman which he finds on the scene.

1.07 [--] Trackdown: ALPINE, TEXAS
15Nov57 CBS Fri
Directed by Thomas Carr
Written By Fred Freiberger
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Ian MacDonald............as Jed Burroughs
Virginia Christine............as Millie
Robert Griffin............ as ?
Robin Raymond.............as Sal Hendricks
Dick Wessel............as Matt Morris
Paul Engle............as Peter
Frank Richards............as The Trail Boss
Tom Steele............as The Rowdy Cowboy
[SC]
Synopsis:
Hoby Gilman is assigned to investigate the death of a fellow Texas Ranger. He
enters a lawless town that despises the Rangers.
 
1.08 [--] Trackdown: SELF-DEFENSE
22Nov57 CBS Fri
Directed by Thomas Carr
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Constance Ford ................ Polly Webster
Stacy Harris .................. Duke Kinkaid
Eve Miller .................... Sally McDermit
Richard Webb .................. Sheriff Eden Lake
Helen Jay
Sharpshooting Polly Webster arranges a showdown when the man who shot her husband
is acquitted. She swears she will shoot it out with Duke Kinkaid the moment he
steps out of jail. Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prevent any more bloodshed.

1.09 [--] Trackdown: END OF AN OUTLAW
29Nov57 CBS Fri
Directed by Thomas Carr
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
John Anderson ................. Sam Bass
Willard Sage .................. Dick Wade
John Baer ..................... Jim Murphy
DeForest Kelley ............... Deputy
James Gavin,
Mario Siletti.
Jim Murphy, member of an outlaw gang headed by Sam Bass, informs Hoby Gilman
and Dick Wade that Bass plans to rob a bank in Round Rock. Gilman and Wade set
up an ambush, but a self-important deputy tips off Bass.

1.10 [--] Trackdown: LOOK FOR THE WOMAN
06-Dec-1957 CBS Fri
Directed by Donald McDougall
Written By Dan Ullman [SC]
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast: [SC]
Phyllis Avery.........as Charlotte Crome
Lawrence Dobkin.........as Caldwell
Ray Teal.........as Sheriff Michaels
Ross Elliott.........as Bill Judson
William Phipps.........as Bud Crome
During a gun battle, Hoby Gilman fatally wounds the criminal Bud Crome. Just
before Crome dies, he asks Gilman to find his sister Charlotte, the only other
person who knows the identity of his accomplices.

1.11 [--] Trackdown: THE TOWN
13-Dec-1957 CBS Fri
Directed By Donald McDougall
Written By Sam Peckinpah [SC]
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast: [SC]
Lee Van Cleef.........as Ben Fraser
Stuart Whitman.........as Cal Fraser
Gloria Saunders.........as Rose
Richard Hale.........as Dad McCready
Richard Reeves.........Saul McCready
Ric Roman.........as Deputy John Minor
Alan Wells.........as Frank
John Reach.........as Al
Roy Barcroft.........as Marshall Kent
George Keymas.........as The Clerk
Kem Dibbs.........as Harry
James Chandler............as The Store Owner.
Synopsis 1:
Outlaw Ben Fraser is headed towards the town that is run by his brother's
gang. Hoby Gillman is not far behind Fraser,and when he arrives in the
town, his gun and horse are taken away and the only help he recieves is
from an old man and his son that run a stable. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
Hoby Gilman trails a killer to a small mining town. There Gilman is captured by outlaws.

1.12 [--] Trackdown: MAN AND MONEY
27-Dec-1957 CBS Fri
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Vic Morrow .................... Stoney Buckram
Victor Millan ................. Rodolfo
Anna Navarro .................. Juanita
Don Diamond.
Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman sets out to apprehend a bank robber who has stolen
$50,000. He finds the fugitive near death from a bullet wound, and conceals his
identity in an effort to find out the location of the money.

1.13 [--] Trackdown: THE REWARD
(1958.01.03)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Virginia Christine ............ Millie
Pernell Roberts ............... Bannion
Jay Novello ................... Robert Murchison
Russ Bender ................... Sheriff John Kemp
John Doucette ................. Joe Garth
Robin Raymond ................. Sal Hendricks
Val Dufour .................... Mort Williams
A man who can identify the persons who committed a robbery goes into hiding,
Ranger Hoby Gilman sets out to find him.

1.14 [--] Trackdown: THE FARRAND STORY
(1958.01.10)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Carole Mathews ................ Millie Gwynn
Judith Ames ................... Jenny Krail
Grant Richards ................ Norval Franklin
Richard Webb .................. Sheriff Eden Lake
Richard Crane ................. Jeff Krail
Hoby Gilman sets out to trace a missing person. He uncovers a murder motivated  by jealousy.

1.15 [--] Trackdown: RIGHT OF WAY
(1958.01.17)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Dan Barton .................... Phil Ballard
Robert Cornthwaite ............ Jerome Ballard
Edward Platt .................. Sheriff Harper
Harry Harvey, Jr. ............. Billy
Barbara Wilson ................ Nancy Fowler
Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman tries to help a young man about to be executed for
murder. The Ranger has only a slim clue with which to establish the man's innocence.

1.16 [--] Trackdown: THE WITNESS
(1958.01.24)
Directed by Thomas Carr
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Jacques Aubuchon .............. Payette
Harold J. Stone ............... Aaron Yewcie
Joe Perry,
Malcolm Atterbury,
Dabbs Greer.
Hoby Gilman, investigating the murder of a small-town storekeeper, follows a
suspicious looking fur trapper into the wilderness. He comes upon a blind man,
the only witness to the murder, who is half-crazed in his fear of being followed by the killer.

1.17 [--] Trackdown: THE TOLL ROAD
(1958.01.31)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Will Wright ................... Luke Monroe
Trevor Bardette ............... Dr. Wilson
Bill Erwin .................... Dawson
Parley Baer ................... Ronald Desmond
John Cliff .................... Sheriff
Hoby Gilman views all the townspeople of Garrison Flats as suspects in a murder
case. The dead man was hated by everyone.

1.18 [--] Trackdown: THE YOUNG GUN
(1958.02.07)
Directed by Thomas Carr
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Corey Allen ................... Tom Summers
Karen Sharpe .................. Edith Collins
Bill Henry .................... Turley
Christopher Dark .............. Dover
Robert Anderson,
Norman Leavitt.
A young man who needs money to get married, teams up with two notorious outlaws
to stage a bank robbery. The outlaws make their escape after the holdup, but the
young man is captured. Ranger Hoby Gilman decides on a daring plan to learn the
whereabouts of the escapees.

1.19 [--] Trackdown: THE WEDDING
(1958.02.14)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Virginia Gregg ................ Matilda Parsons
June Vincent .................. Mary Howard
Robert Burton ................. Sheriff Jeb Dobbs
John Harmon ................... Henry Bennett
Frank Cady .................... Bob-Tail
Kem Dibbs ..................... Murray Venner
Ranger Hoby Gilman is sent to a town in Texas to investigate a strange death.
The man, who was about to be married, is found dead just before the wedding.

1.20 [--] Trackdown: THE TRAIL
(1958.02.28)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Harry Bellaver ................ Michael Doyle
Elisha Cook, Jr. .............. Clint Serle
Didi Ramati ................... Theresa Doyle
Ted DeCorsia .................. Lt. Bailey
Thomas B. Henry
Rodolfo Hoyos.
After capturing a train robber in Mexico, Hoby Gilman sets out to escort his
prisoner back to Texas. But on the way Hoby is bitten by a rattlesnake and his
prisoner leaves him to die on the trail.

1.21 [--] Trackdown: THE BOUNTY HUNTER
(1958.03.07)
(pilot for "Wanted - Dead or Alive" series)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Steve McQueen ................. Josh Randall
Jean Willes ................... Janette York
Kenneth MacDonald ............. Sheriff
Barbara Fuller ................ Mrs. Phillips
George Neise
Ranger Hoby Gilman decides to investigate a man with a reputation for capturing
wanted criminals and collecting the rewards offered for them.

1.22 [--] Trackdown: THE JUDGE
(1958.03.14)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Steve Terrell ................. Malcolm Henry
John Litel .................... Judge Henry
James Griffith (recurring)
Ellen Corby (recurring)
Norman Leavitt (recurring)
Kasey Rogers.
Ranger Hoby Gilman arrests a young man who has killed another in an argument.
Then Gilman learns that the prisoner's father is the judge and insists that the
judge must preside at the trail and determine the fate of his son.

1.23 [--] Trackdown: THE HOUSE
(1958.03.21)
Directed by Thomas Carr
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Jacques Aubuchon .............. Ben Steele
Judith Ames ................... Melinda Curry
Gail Kobe ..................... Penny Adams (recurring)
James Griffith (recurring)
Ellen Corby (recurring)
Norman Leavitt (recurring)
Ranger Hoby Gilman helps a blind girl search for her mother, who has disappeared
from her home. Gilman traces the woman to a lonely farmhouse.

1.24 [--] Trackdown: THE BOY
(1958.03.28)
Directed by NOT KNOWN
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
John Crawford ................. Eric Paine
Gail Kobe ..................... Penny Adams (recurring)
King Donovan .................. Dean Burke
Larry Dobkin .................. Joel Paine
James Griffith (recurring)
Norman Leavitt (recurring)
A young boy witnesses a murder and goes to Ranger Hoby Gilman for help. Gilman
starts hunting for the murderer and uncovers a peculiar motive for the crime.

 
1.25 [--] Trackdown: THE PUEBLO KID (verified -SC)
Four Star prod. no. 8249
04-Apr-1958 CBS Fri
The Pueblo Kid (1)
The Pueblo Kid (2)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Written By Frank Burt
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Michael Landon........as Jed Daws/The Pueblo Kid
George Brenlin........as Dave Phillips
Sally Fraser........as Lucy Franklin
Ken Mayer........as Frank...........(uncredited)
Harry Hickox........as The Saloon Patron (uncredited)
James Parnell........as The Bartender (uncredited)
Bill Catching as The Bar Fly (uncredited)
Recurring Cast:
Ellen Corby.....as Henrietta Porter
James Griffith.....as Aaron Adams
Gail Kobe.....as Penny Adams
Rusty Westcoatt.....as Joe, The Bartender
Synopsis:
A young man returns to his home town with a reputation as one of the fastest guns
in the territory. He has the whole town terrified, and Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman
tries to avert a gun battle.

1.26 [--] Trackdown: THE WINTER BOYS (verified -SC)
Four Star prod. no. 8255
11-Apr-1958 CBS Fri
The Winter Boys (1)
The Winter Boys (2)
The Winter Boys (3)
Directed By Donald McDougall
Written By Frank Burt
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Tom Pittman........as Red Bolton
Harry Lauter........as Ranger Walt Graves
Nick Adams........as Luke Crane
Doris Singleton........as Izez Bard
Richard Devon........as Thad Winter
Charles Seel........as The Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Recurring Cast:
Ellen Corby.....as Henrietta Porter
James Griffith........as Aaron Adams
Norman Leavitt.....as Ralph
Rusty Westcoatt.....as Joe, The Bartender
Synopsis:
An outlaw turns over the wanted Winter brothers to ranger Hoby Gilman. Afraid
that his key witness will be killed before the Winter brothers are brought to
trial, Hoby Gilman hides the outlaw in a hotel in a small Western town.

1.27 [--] Trackdown: THE MISTAKE (verified -SC)
Four Star prod. no. 8257
18-Apr-1958 CBS Fri
The Mistake (1)
The Mistake (2)
The Mistake (3)
Directed By Donald McDougall
Written By John Robinson
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
James Best........as Bud Ehlers
Joe Mell........as Farrow
Bruce Gordon........as Steve Marriner
Roy Engel........as Jeff
Pierce Lyden........as The Barber Shop Patron (uncredited)
Recurring Cast:
James Griffith.....as Aaron Adams
Rusty Westcoatt.....as Joe, The Bardender
Synopsis:
When Hoby Gilman helps to get a man acquitted of murder, the local townspeople
turn against him. Later, Hoby learns that the man is really guilty of the murder
and his mistake troubles his conscience.

1.28 [--] Trackdown: THE DEAL (verified -SC)
Four Star prod. no. 8253
25-Apr-1958 CBS Fri
The Deal (1)
The Deal (2)
The Deal (3)

Directed By Donald McDougall
Written By John Robinson
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
James Westerfield........as Dingo Noble
Johnny Crawford........as Eric Paine
Bert Stevens........as The Banker
Recurring Cast:
James Griffith........as Aaron Adams
Norman Leavitt.....as Ralph
Synopsis:
A cowboy threatens to kill a small boy unless Ranger Hoby Gilman gives him the
money from the town's bank. Knowing that the cowboy would carry out his threat,
Gilman devises a plan which he hopes will save the boy's life and the money.

1.29 [--] Trackdown: THE JAILBREAK
02-May-1958 CBS Fri
De Kelley in "Trackdown - The Jailbreak" Pt.1
De Kelley in "Trackdown - The Jailbreak" Pt.2
De Kelley in "Trackdown - The Jailbreak" Pt. 3
Directed By Donald McDougall
Written By John McGreevey
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
DeForest Kelley.........as Brock Childers
I.Stanford Jolley.........as Dan Loring
John Litel.........as Judge
Henry Nolan Leary.........as George
Ned Glass.........as Jace
Recurring Cast:
James Griffith.........as Aaron Adams
Gail Kobe.........as Penny Adams
Ellen Corby.........as Henrietta Porter
Norman Leavitt.........as Ralph
Peter Leeds.........as Tenner Smith
Synopsis 1:
While in jail and waiting to be hanged, vicious killer Brock Childers
manages to overpower a citizen of Porter looking for Hoby Gillman.
Childers takes hostages and threathens to kill them unless Gillman releases him. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
A prisoner facing execution overpowers his jailer and holds three men at his
mercy. He tells Ranger Hoby Gilman that unless he is allowed to escape, he will
kill the three men.

1.30 [--] Trackdown: THE END OF THE WORLD
(1958.05.09)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Larry Dobkin .................. Walter Trump
Richard Hale,
Claudia Barrett,
Dabbs Greer,
Neyle Morrow.
Synopsis:
Walter Trump, a confidence man, puts on a
long robe and holds a tent meeting in the town of Talpa. He tells the
townspeople that a cosmic explosion will rain fire on the town and that he is
the only one that can save them from death. Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prove
Trump is a fraud.

1.31 [--] Trackdown: THE BROTHERS
16-May-1958 CBS Fri
Directed By Donald McDougall
Written By D.D.Beauchamp [SC]
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast: [SC]
Steve McQueen............as Mal/Wes Cody
Rebecca Wells............as Julie Corbin
Richard Devon............as Fenn Dooley
Ian McDonald............as The Sheriff
Tim Graham............as The Bartender
Synopsis:
Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman is assigned to take a murderer into custody. While
traveling to pick up the wanted man, Gilman is ambushed and his gun and
identification papers are taken from him. Reaching his destination, he finds
identical twins who answer the wanted man's description.

1.32 [--] Trackdown: THE GOVERNOR
(1958.05.23)
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring: Robert Culp (as Hoby Gilman)
Guest Cast:
Frank Wilcox .................. Gov. Henricks
Robert E. Griffin ............. Sheriff Bill Welch
Amzie Strickland .............. Madge Roberts
B.G. Norman ................... Ronnie
Terry Frost ................... James Wilton
Bob Gothie .................... Lance
Wilbur Mack ................... Ben Morgan
Ranger Hoby Gilman learns of a plot to assassinate the governor of Texas at a
civic celebration. He tries to warn the governor, who refuses to cancel his
appearance at the event. Gilman makes plans to try to avert the murder.

[--] 20Jun58 - rerun of #1.1 "The Marple Brothers" (first aired 04Oct57)

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