This volume traces the TV career of Charles Bronson from the early 50s thru 1960, featuring five classic shows where he breaks out of prisons and jails plus a great episode of his own series, MAN WITH A CAMERA.
Ep. 1: THE GUEST (1952) This episode of the forgotten series "The Visitor" gives us possibly the first total starring performance from Bronson (still using his birth name 'Buchinsky'). Fresh out of jail, he takes over a suburban household pretending to be the war buddy of legendary actress Beulan Bondi's dead son. The first of many collaborations with director Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen).
Ep. 2: TREASURY MEN IN ACTION (1955) He's out of prison and immediately starts stealing drugs, killing cops, and seeking revenge on his wife Randy Stuart. Complete with the original 1955 Chevy commercials.
Ep. 3: FEDERAL MEN (1954) On the big screen Charles stars in Crime Wave and re-teams with Aldrich on Apache. On television, he breaks out of the joint with Aaron Spelling and of course is seeking revenge on his old lady. With his pop-eyes, goofy hat, gaping teeth and scarecrow physique, Spelling is a revelation in this incredibly rare episode transferred from the only surviving master.
Ep. 4: CLOSE-UP ON VIOLENCE (1958) The only non "break-out" show is from Bronson's TV series MAN WITH A CAMERA, co-starring Angie Dickinson and Robert Armstrong. Directed by William Castle.
Ep. 5: PURSUIT (1959) The camera's gone and our boy is back to escaping from a prison road gang and terrorizing the general population in this action-packed episode of U.S. MARSHAL.
Ep. 6: ZIGZAG (1960) It's back to the bayou in the late 1800s as Bronson and his men break out of a backwoods prison in this hour-long episode of the Western series RIVERBOAT. Featuring Darren McGavin, Noah Beery Jr. and Stella Stevens.