CTVA - Overland Trail #1.1 "Perilous Passage" 7-Feb-1960

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[01]  "Perilous Passage"
Original NBC Airdate - February 7, 1960
Stagecoach Productions

Opening Credits:
William Bendix [Kelly]
Doug McClure [Flip]
Harry Guardino [Johnny Caldwell]

Ending Credits:
Directed by Virgil W. Vogel
Written and Produced by Samuel A. Peeples
Executive Producer Nat Holt
William Bendix
Doug McClure
Harry Guardino [Caldwell]
Lynn Bari [Myra Belle Shirley, A.K.A. Belle Starr]
Robert J. Wilke [Cole Younger]
Gregory Walcott
Tyler McVey [Marshal]
Craig Duncan
filmed in hollywood at revue studios
mca tv exclusive distributor
Director of Photography Jack MacKenzie, A.S.C.
Art Director . . . Raymond Beal
Editorial Supervisor . . . Richard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film Editor . . .  Robert Leo
Music Supervisor . . . Joseph E. Romero
Sound . . . Vernon W. Kramer
Assistant Director . . . James H. Brown
Set Decorator . . . Richard Siegel
Costume Supervisor . . . Vincent Dee
Makeup . . . Jack Barron
Hair Stylist . . . Florence Bush

In the premier episode Mr. Kelly, Flip, and expert driver Johnny Caldwell (Guardino) make a special run of the Overland
Stage to deliver desperado Cole Younger (Wilke) to his meeting with a hangman's noose. Their trip is interrupted when
Younger's gang and Myra Shirley (Bari), the infamous Belle Starr who had pretended to be ill and in need of a ride to
her family, kill the marshal and free Cole.  But an Indian attack halts the outlaw couple's intentions of going in style
by coach to Mexico where they planned to be married and live in luxury off the gold that Johnny was taking to a friend's
widow. (bj)

On his way to deliver a prisoner in Riverport, Kelly runs into the notorious Belle Starr. [JB]
(Synd Rerun WISN-12 Milwaukee, WI Sat 28Oct 61 10:15 p.m. CDT.)

Historic note:
Although Myra Belle Shirley and Cole (Thomas Coleman) Younger were actual historic figures, it is doubtful they would
have been lovers, at least while Myra was known as Belle Starr.  Cole was sentenced to life imprisonment (not hanging)
in 1876 but was paroled around 1903 and lived an exemplary life thereafter. Belle didn't marry Sam Starr until 1880 and
was killed by an unknown assailant in 1889.  (Source for this information--Encyclopedia International, Volumes 17 and 19,
Grolier, Incorporated, 1968)

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