Rare TV Westerns: Johnny Moccasin / Frontier / Tumbleweed / The Adventures of Rick O'Shay
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Black & White/color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: May 21, 2019
- Originally Released: 1956
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Chuck Connors, Jody McCrea, Richard Tretter & Steve Keyes|
|Directed by||Laslo Benedek & Bernard Kowalski|
Description by OLDIES.com:
FRONTIER "THE ASSASSIN" (1956): Frontier ran for one season on NBC, the second Western anthology in television history, following Death Valley Days. Walter Coy narrated the series, which was based on actual events. In "The Assasin", a pre-Rifleman Chuck Connors gives a bravura performance as Thorpe Henderson, a remorseless killer who specializes in murdering cattle rustlers.
TUMBLEWEED 'THE BARON OF PURGATORY' (1959): As a series, Tumbleweed would have documented the weekly adventures of wandering troubleshooter 'Tumbleweed' Jones, portrayed by obscure bit player Richard Tretter. In 'The Baron of Purgatory', the only episode that was ultimately produced, a concerned mother pleads with Tumbleweed to save her son from Joseph Pedrowsky, a self-styled humanitarian who is in reality assembling a cult. Pedrowsky is played by Glen Gordon, the star of The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu TV series (1956).
THE ADVENTURES OF RICK O'SHAY 'STAGECOACH TO DANGER' (1951): With painted backgrounds and wooden sets, it's easy to see why the low-budget The Adventures of Rick O'Shay never become a series. In "Stagecoach to Danger", the titular Texas Ranger is on the trail of Daggett, a scarred killer who has kidnapped the governor's daughter as revenge for sending him to jail years ago. Daggett is played by Lewis Wilson, the first actor to ever play Batman in the eponymous 1943 movie serial.