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TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS

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    OLD TIME RADIO - 2 CD-ROM - 93 mp3 - Total Playtime: 45:32:58

 

Tales of the Texas Rangers is a western old-time radio drama, which aired on NBC from July 8, 1950 to September 14, 1952, and thereafter a 52-episode CBS television series broadcast on Saturday mornings from 1955 to 1958. Film star Joel McCrea voiced the radio version as the fictitious Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who uses the latest scientific techniques to identify criminals. His faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky"), helps Pearson to track down the culprits. The radio shows, some of which are available on the Internet, are reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.

The television version was produced and also directed for several episodes by Stacy Keach, Sr. It was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties cereal. Captain Manuel T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas, who was said to have killed thirty-one men during his 30-year career as a Texas Ranger, was the consultant for the television series, filmed by Screen Gems.

On radio, Joel McCrea's Pearson often worked by request with a local sheriff's office or police department, but in the television version, Willard Parker assumed the role of Jace Pearson and had a regular partner, Ranger Clay Morgan, who had been an occasional character on the radio show. Morgan was portrayed in the television version by Harry Lauter. William Boyett appeared five times on the television series, including the role of Wade Crowell in the 1955 premiere episode, "Ransom Flight."

During the opening and closing credits of the television series, the actors march toward the camera as an off-screen men's chorus sings the theme song, "These Are Tales of Texas Rangers", to the tune of "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad". The radio series used contemporary cases and modern detective methods to solve crimes; it was a procedural drama, in many ways Jack Webb's Dragnet with a western flavor. The television version had some episodes set in the 1950s, comparable in some ways to Rod Cameron's syndicated series, State Trooper. Other episodes were set in the 19th century in a traditional western genre. In each case, Parker and Lauter were involved with chases and shoot-outs. The weaponry varied greatly between the modern and older stories.

Irving J. Moore, later with Gunsmoke, began his career as a director on two episodes of Tales of the Texas Rangers. Besides Keach and Moore, the other directors included Lew Landers, George Blair, and Earl Bellamy.

 

EPISODES LIST

Disc 1
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-04-13 Just a Number (Audition)
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-07-15 (02) The White Elephant
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-07-22 (03) Apache Peak
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-07-29 (04) The Trigger Man
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-08-05 (05) Quick Silver
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-08-12 (06) The Broken Spur
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-08-19 (07) Fool's Gold
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-08-26 (08) The Open Range
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-09-02 (09) Play for Keeps
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-09-09 (10) Dead or Alive
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-09-16 (11) Candy Man
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-09-23 (12) Open and Shut
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-09-30 (13) Clean Up
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-10-08 (14) Living Death
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-10-15 (15) Dead Giveaway
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-10-29 (17) Soft Touch
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-11-05 (18) The White Suit
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-11-12 (19) Blood Relative
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-11-26 (20) Hanging by a Thread
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-12-03 (21) Room 114
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-12-10 (22) The Lucky Dollar
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-12-17 (23) The Cactus Pear
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-12-24 (24) Christmas Present
Tales of the Texas Rangers 50-12-31 (25) The Devil's Share
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-01-07 (26) Deadhead Freight
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-01-14 (27) Death in the Cards
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-01-21 (28) Blood Harvest
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-01-28 (29) Night Chase
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-02-04 (30) Logger's Larceny
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-02-11 (31) The Hatchet
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-02-18 (32) Sweet Harvest
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-02-25 (33) The Trap
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-03-11 (34) Blind Justice
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-03-18 (35) Death by Adoption
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-03-25 (36) Breakdown
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-04-01 (37) Pressure
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-04-08 (38) Bad Blood
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-04-15 (39) Conspiracy
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-04-22 (40) Canned Death
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-05-06 (42) No Living Witnesses
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-05-13 (43) Paid in Full
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-05-20 (44) Square Dance
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-05-27 (45) Joy Ride
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-09-30 (46) Death Shaft
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-10-07 (47) The Wheelchair Killer

Disc 2
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-10-14 (48) Play for Keeps
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-10-21 (49) Fugitive Trail
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-10-28 (50) The White Elephant
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-11-04 (51) Helping Hand
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-11-11 (52) Open and Shut
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-11-18 (53) Wild Crop
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-11-25 (54) The Blow Off
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-12-02 (55) The Dead Giveaway
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-12-09 (56) Death Plant
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-12-16 (57) Pick-Up
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-12-23 (58) Christmas Payoff
Tales of the Texas Rangers 51-12-30 (59) Killer's Crop
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-01-06 (60) Birds of a Feather
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-01-13 (61) Clip Job
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-01-20 (62) Blood Trail
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-01-27 (63) Night Chase
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-02-03 (64) The Rub Out
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-02-10 (65) Hitchhiker
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-02-17 (66) Cold Blood
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-02-24 (67) Bright Boy
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-03-02 (68) The Ice Man
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-03-09 (69) Dream Farm
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-03-16 (70) Prelude to Felony
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-03-30 (71) Nighthawk
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-04-06 (72) Troop Train
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-04-13 (73) Uncertain Death
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-04-20 (74) Illusion
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-04-27 (75) Address Unknown
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-05-04 (76) Little Sister
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-05-11 (77) Unleashed Fury
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-05-18 (78) Smart Kill
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-05-25 (79) Jailbird
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-06-01 (80) Sell-Out
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-06-08 (81) Illegal Entry
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-06-15 (82) Travesty
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-06-22 (83) Knockout
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-06-29 (84) Ex-Con
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-07-06 (85) The Boomerang
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-07-13 (86) Finger Man
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-07-20 (87) Round Trip
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-07-27 (88) Stick-Up
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-08-03 (89) Double Edge
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-08-10 (90) Last Stop
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-08-17 (91) Cover-Up
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-08-24 (92) Three Victims
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-08-31 (93) Misplaced Person
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-09-07 (94) Alibi
Tales of the Texas Rangers 52-09-14 (95) Drive-In

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