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Stories taken from the files of various law-enforcement agencies, including city, county and state police, park rangers, military police, etc.

The Man Behind the Badge is a half-hour American television police drama series which aired on CBS from October 11, 1953, to October 3, 1954 originally hosted by Norman Rose. In its second syndicated season, the host became character actor Charles Bickford. Beginning in January 1955, a filmed version of the program was syndicated to local stations by MCA TV. In an interview with Kliph Nesteroff, assistant director Arthur Marks stated the filmed episodes were shot at the same time and on the same sets as Treasury Men in Action. Bernard J. Prockter produced the series in Hollywood.​




A Food and Drug Administration inspector is after a man carrying a cake that's spiced with arsenic. Another off-beat series never released on Home Video. The theme song is well remembered for me, even more so than the series itself. Not a great episode, but enjoyable.​

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You can stream it here.

 

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If you like the Rats, try Garrison’s Gorillas! You'll love it! It’s action, adventure and con games!

Is there a legit DVD release for this @JohnHopper? Or a streamer? I'd love to check it out. Ron Harper was always a fun lead.


The entire series (26 episodes) of Garrison's Gorillas (1967-68) are on Youtube in somewhat watchable PQ...

 
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The Rifleman
"The Sharpshooter" (S1E1)

In this Sam Peckinpah-written first episode of the series, Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) and his young son Mark (Johnny Crawford) ride into North Fork in hopes of buying a ranch and settling down to a peaceful life of farming and blowing holes into heinous villains. The old Dutton Ranch looks like a good prospect after Lucas takes a sniff of the soil to determine alkaline levels of cow pee and poop absorbed within. Proclaiming it a fine bouquet of both, Lucas and Mark make way to the local real estate office to lay down a deal.

The North Fork annual turkey shoot is about to take place, affording Lucas an opportunity for some much-needed prize money for a down payment on the ranch. The entrance fee is $10, which equivocates to $1,570,000 in today's cash. Lucas' main competitor is Vern Tippert (an impossibly young Dennis Hopper), a well mannered and groomed fellow that knows his way around a six shooter. The town's bully, Jim Lewis (Leif Erickson), has a vested interest in McCain losing the match and is not shy in tossing threats around to Lucas and those who bet on him. Trying to intimidate Lucas McCain is like stepping on a rattlesnake in bare feet--the outcome may be a bit painful. But that doesn't stop Lewis from stating if Vern loses to McCain, he'll kill the boy. Jim Lewis isn't particularly a correspondent of good community spirit.

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Yep, that's Dennis Hopper; Negotiating for a ranch; Showing off a trick Winchester

In order to save Vern, Lucas throws the match, thus pissing off half the town who bet on him. Adding insult to injury, the offer to sell the ranch is withdrawn. Lewis oversteps himself, however, when he kills Vern's uncle. Young Vern is already spittin' mad knowing Lucas muffed the shoot on purpose just to save him. The boy is a big believer in fair play. Lucas heads off to aerate Jim Lewis and his henchmen after extracting a promise from Vern to look after Mark if he doesn't return. Fat chance of that as Lucas mows down Lewis and his men like bottles in a carnival toss. Vern, Mark and Lucas become good friends and eventually throw BBQ parties in each other's back yards.

This show was one of the first 'adult' moral-driven Westerns which gained a level of respectability through the talents of the enigmatic but engaging Chuck Connors. While vacationing in Mexico City in the early 1960's, my parents ran into Chuck at a local nightclub. Mr. Connors was so smitten with my mom that he asked her for a dance. Or so that's the way she told the story.
 

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Road to avonlea,season two,is rare and very hard to find,i got that at the local library.it was great.most of the tsod sets,are sadly gone out of print, maybe shout factory might looked into this and sullivan titles.
 

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Route 66: Man on the Monkey Board. Very interesting early episode on an oil rig about identifying and bringing an ex Nazi to justice. Notable for the insane roster of character actors who would all make their mark in the years to come (and some who already did): Lew Ayres, Frank Overton, Michael Conrad, Alfred Ryder, Bruce Dern, Ed Asner, Bernard Hughes and in a one scene short bit Roger C. Carmel in one of his earliest roles. Crazy cast and a really excellent episode.

The Rat Patrol: The Last Chance Raid. The team must get a message to allied command and the only way is by commandeering a German radio station. After a run of very "samey" episodes, there was a producer change and suddenly the show got a little more interesting. This is the 6th straight episode of greater variety in the missions and not quite as much "Rat Patrol vs Dietrich." Naturally, Dietrich never shoots these guys when he captures them and they always escape, making me wonder when the SS is gonna start thinking something is amiss. But it's not that kinda show. It's fun and the combat is exciting. There are a TON of (bloodless) killings though. Sure it's war, but wow this show probably got slammed by focus groups of the day. My only complaint is there is sometimes a narrator who is not only dull but pointless. This is not so complex a show that the blanks can't be filled in by the audience. Oh also, the show was no longer shot in the deserts of Spain, which did impact the look and feel of the series.

Star Trek: Arena. Kirk vs the Gorn. A Trek classic. What more can I say?

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The Rifleman
"The Sharpshooter" (S1E1)

In this Sam Peckinpah-written first episode of the series, Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) and his young son Mark (Johnny Crawford) ride into North Fork in hopes of buying a ranch and settling down to a peaceful life of farming and blowing holes into heinous villains. The old Dutton Ranch looks like a good prospect after Lucas takes a sniff of the soil to determine alkaline levels of cow pee and poop absorbed within. Proclaiming it a fine bouquet of both, Lucas and Mark make way to the local real estate office to lay down a deal.

The North Fork annual turkey shoot is about to take place, affording Lucas an opportunity for some much-needed prize money for a down payment on the ranch. The entrance fee is $10, which equivocates to $1,570,000 in today's cash. Lucas' main competitor is Vern Tippert (an impossibly young Dennis Hopper), a well mannered and groomed fellow that knows his way around a six shooter. The town's bully, Jim Lewis (Leif Erickson), has a vested interest in McCain losing the match and is not shy in tossing threats around to Lucas and those who bet on him. Trying to intimidate Lucas McCain is like stepping on a rattlesnake in bare feet--the outcome may be a bit painful. But that doesn't stop Lewis from stating if Vern loses to McCain, he'll kill the boy. Jim Lewis isn't particularly a correspondent of good community spirit.

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Yep, that's Dennis Hopper; Negotiating for a ranch; Showing off a trick Winchester

In order to save Vern, Lucas throws the match, thus pissing off half the town who bet on him. Adding insult to injury, the offer to sell the ranch is withdrawn. Lewis oversteps himself, however, when he kills Vern's uncle. Young Vern is already spittin' mad knowing Lucas muffed the shoot on purpose just to save him. The boy is a big believer in fair play. Lucas heads off to aerate Jim Lewis and his henchmen after extracting a promise from Vern to look after Mark if he doesn't return. Fat chance of that as Lucas mows down Lewis and his men like bottles in a carnival toss. Vern, Mark and Lucas become good friends and eventually throw BBQ parties in each other's back yards.

This show was one of the first 'adult' moral-driven Westerns which gained a level of respectability through the talents of the enigmatic but engaging Chuck Connors. While vacationing in Mexico City in the early 1960's, my parents ran into Chuck at a local nightclub. Mr. Connors was so smitten with my mom that he asked her for a dance. Or so that's the way she told the story.
 

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The Twilight Zone
"The Fear" (S5E35)

Stunning but snooty Charlotte Scott (Hazel Court) reports seeing strange lights in the sky. Charlotte is a new resident in a small mountainside community having moved from New York City after leaving her post as a big deal fashion editor. Following up on her report is Trooper Robert Franklin (Peter Mark Richman), who takes an instant dislike to Miss Scott for her obvious snobbery over small town customs. Their verbal jousting is interrupted when Trooper Robert is nearly blinded by a bewildering light, along with his squad car mysteriously wrapping itself around a tree. Okay, now he's prone to believe her and cautiously ventures out into the surrounding woods to investigate. Finding nothing but deer poop, Robert returns to Charlotte's cabin to continue their extended, slightly psychotic dialog while sharing coffee by the fireside. But what's that?! Both hear a loud thump on the roof. Could it be an intruder or just the sound of their rectums slamming shut in fear?

Trooper Robert resolves the only way to find out is to grab a ladder and climb onto the roof. As a side note, Robert graduated 312th in his high school class of 313 students. Once again he finds nothing but discovers his squad car is suddenly upright and intact--but eerily stamped with giant fingerprints. Robert briefly considers whether the Jolly Green Giant had wandered up from the valley to play tricks, but quickly discards the notion as, well...stupid. Once again he returns to the cabin to continue his and Charlotte's insipid conversation. He explains to her about the fingerprints--and if made by a giant, it must be at least 500 feet tall. The two decide to sleep on it and reconnoiter at first light. Robert re-examines the fingerprints in the morning and wonders whether any of Charlotte's hoity-toity NY friends are pulling a fast one on them when he suddenly stumbles upon a footprint apparently made by a size 75 Florsheim men's shoe.

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WTF was that??? This is obviously a case for Dr. Scholl; I TOLD you the ending was silly...

The ending is more silly than even I can parody. As with many of the TZ episodes, the dialog is overblown and rarely resembles conversations between normal people, consisting mostly of deep inner conflicts usually only pried out after years of therapy. Nonetheless, it was a ground-breaking series that was adept in constructing innovative and unique fantasies that enthralled viewers for 60 years.
 
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Greek chapter one on tsod,one of the most popular television series on abc family,it has stood the test of time.this one is no excpetion,the reunion movie sadly never got of the ground.
 

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The Twilight Zone
"The Fear" (S5E35)

Stunning but snooty Charlotte Scott (Hazel Court) reports seeing strange lights in the sky. Charlotte is a new resident in a small mountainside community having moved from New York City after leaving her post as a big deal fashion editor. Following up on her report is Trooper Robert Franklin (Peter Mark Richman), who takes an instant dislike to Miss Scott for her obvious snobbery over small town customs. Their verbal jousting is interrupted when Trooper Robert is nearly blinded by a bewildering light, along with his squad car mysteriously wrapping itself around a tree. Okay, now he's prone to believe her and cautiously ventures out into the surrounding woods to investigate. Finding nothing but deer poop, Robert returns to Charlotte's cabin to continue their extended, slightly psychotic dialog while sharing coffee by the fireside. But what's that?! Both hear a loud thump on the roof. Could it be an intruder or just the sound of their rectums slamming shut in fear?

Trooper Robert resolves the only way to find out is to grab a ladder and climb onto the roof. As a side note, Robert graduated 312th in his high school class of 313 students. Once again he finds nothing but discovers his squad car is suddenly upright and intact--but eerily stamped with giant fingerprints. Robert briefly considers whether the Jolly Green Giant had wandered up from the valley to play tricks, but quickly discards the notion as, well...stupid. Once again he returns to the cabin to continue his and Charlotte's insipid conversation. He explains to her about the fingerprints--and if made by a giant, it must be at least 500 feet tall. The two decide to sleep on it and reconnoiter at first light. Robert re-examines the fingerprints in the morning and wonders whether any of Charlotte's hoity-toity NY friends are pulling a fast one on them when he suddenly stumbles upon a footprint apparently made by a size 75 Florsheim men's shoe.

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WTF was that??? This is obviously a case for Dr. Scholl; I TOLD you the ending was silly...

The ending is more silly than even I can parody. As with many of the TZ episodes, the dialog is overblown and rarely resembles conversations between normal people, consisting mostly of deep inner conflicts usually only pried out after years of therapy. Nonetheless, it was a ground-breaking series that was adept in constructing innovative and unique fantasies that enthralled viewers for 60 years.
Man, Twilight Zone (having dropped the "the" from the title in the 4th year), for all of it's classics and reputation, could churn out some real dogs. The series was running on empty long before this but it always had a habit of giving characters repetitive dialog to fill some time. This one has a few moments of eeriness though and the giant figure with an eyeball for a face was probably visually terrifying for younger viewers. With the Van Cleave library music behind it, it sells the chills (especially during the 1 am rerun on WPIX).

Mark Richman was an exceptionally reliable actor who was saddled with weak stories, probably because he could make them a little better. He did similar chores in the final episode of The Outer Limits, a cheap budget saver with likewise repetitive dialog.

Nice job, Russ, you nailed the ridiculousness of this one perfectly.
 

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Kolchak: The Night Stalker
"Bad Medicine" (S1E8)

Darren McGavin as Carl Kochak plays the prototypical newspaper reporter we all imagine: rumpled, thick-skinned, coffee-guzzling, driven--and clothed as if from Aisle B of the local Goodwill store. Working in the bowels of Chicago, there's no end of bizarre mysteries for him to uncover, ranging from Mike Ditka's toilet habits to Oprah Winfrey's brassiere assortment. In this particular episode, rich septuagenarians dowagers are being bumped off for their jewels by a shape-shifting native Indian sorcerer calling himself Diablero--which translates, perplexingly, into 'eggs with hot sauce'. Giant Richard Kiel plays the evil Indian, often disguising himself as a crow, a coyote and occasionally a playful ferret.

Kolchak convinces his chronically dyspeptic boss Tony Vincento (Simon Oakland) into taking on the case. Sealing the deal is a robbery at the Gem Exchange, where Diablero has created havoc by running off with a large sapphire worth $1 million. He also swipes a Chicago Cubs mitt and a box of Chicklets from the gift shop just to confuse Kolchak and the cops as to his motives. Kolchak proceeds with his investigation by consulting his reliable sources of underworld informants--his barber, Judge Judy and any of Mayor Daley's kids. Somehow, dogs work into the mystery, forcing Kolchak to chase down the story behind the Bumpus hounds. This leads him nowhere.

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Me Tarzan, you Jane; Kolchak often uses his mom to do typing; Another close shave...

The best bet for running into Diablero is at the upcoming precious jewel auction, attended by Chicago's creme de la creme--certainly a function that a gem-stealing Indian shape-shifter can't miss. Kolchak tries to weasel his way into the elite function--not an easy task in a searsucker suit and porkpie hat. He doesn't succeed but manages to slip past the guards by hiding in the lounge where he encounters Diablero. Kolchak quickly snaps a photo of him, which causes Diablero to instantly turn into an unrecognizable creature, much the same way as a Kardashian.

It's time to consult an Indian historian on the origins of Diablero and, more importantly, how to kill him. After much mumbo jumbo, it turns out that Diablero cannot live with the sight of his own gaze--which, of course, is exactly opposite of a Kardashian. It seems Diablero is under a curse that can only be broken by either amassing great wealth or winning the annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest. Acting alone as always, Kolchak confronts the Indian atop a high rise and flashes a mirror in front of the killer. When last seen, Diablero was a wooden Indian standing outside a Wabash Ave. drug store. Bad medicine.
 
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