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26 Men
Genre Western
Written by Dwight V. Babcock
Oliver Drake
Warren Douglas
Tom Hubbard
Sloan Nibley
Lawrence Resner
Samuel Roeca
Directed by Franklin Adreon
Joseph Kane
Reg Browne
Oliver Drake
Starring Tristram Coffin
Kelo Henderson
Theme music composer Russell Hayden
Hal Hopper
Composer(s) Al Sack
Gordon Zahler
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 78
Production
Executive producer(s) Russell Hayden
Producer(s) William Dennis
Russell Hayden
Editor(s) Tom Biggart
Reg Browne
Frank Capacchione
Everett Dodd
Axel Hubert Sr.
Roy V. Livingston
Cinematography Buddy Harris
John Mathew Nickolaus, Jr.
Kenneth Peach
J.D. Weiler
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monoaural
Original run November 1, 1957 – June 30, 1959

26 Men is a syndicated American western television series about the Arizona Rangers, an elite group commissioned in 1901 by the legislature of the Arizona Territory and limited, for financial reasons, to twenty-six active members. Russell Hayden was the producer of the series and the co-composer of the theme song.[1] The series aired between October 15, 1957 and June 30, 1959, for a total of 78 episodes.

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Synopsis

The program starred Tristram Coffin as the real life Captain Thomas H. Rynning and Kelo Henderson, a Golden Boot Award winner, as Ranger Clint Travis. The series was based on true incidents with episodes centered around the Arizona Rangers' attempts to maintain order.

Episodes and guest stars

Hal Hopper appeared in eight episodes as Corporal Hillborn; Bob Pollard starred eight times as a railroad inspector; Ed Morgan appeared seven times as Buzz. William Fawcett appeared five times on the series, including the premiere episode, entitled "The Recruit", in which he portrays Sam Miller, publisher of the Willcox Clarion in Willcox (spelled "Wilcox" in the series) in Cochise County. In the story line, Miller summons the Rangers for help. When the officers arrive, they find that Miller has been lynched and is hanging from a tree. Don Haggerty also appeared in the first episode as Big Red Monahon, the man responsible for Miller's lynching, and in two other segments, "The Glory Road" and "The Legacy of Death". Fawcett's other appearances in different roles were "The Last Kill", "Cave-In", "Killer's Trail", and "Wayward Gun", in which he guest starred with Doug McClure. McClure appeared in two other 26 Men segments, "The Helion" and "Unholy Partners".[2]

In the third episode of the series, "The Wild Bunch", a member of the Wild Bunch gang escapes from Ranger Travis's custody, and he is hence dismissed from the force. To salvage his reputation, Travis sets forth to capture the whole gang. In "Destination Nowhere", the Rangers attempt to halt a smuggling ring that is bringing Chinese immigrants across the Colorado River. In the episode "Incident at Yuma", convicts escape from the Yuma Territorial Prison, but Captain Rynning cannot find enough men to form a posse. In "Man on the Run", Rynning investigates the deep mystery why a Ranger suddenly resigned without explanation. In the episode "Valley of Fear", Travis investigates the disappearance of a U.S. Marshal. In the 1959 episode "Trail of Revenge", DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy appear together, some seven years before they were both cast on NBC's Star Trek. Nimoy also appeared in two other 26 Men episodes, "The Long Trail Home" and "Ricochet".[2]

Gregg Palmer appeared five times on the program, including the episode "Terror in Paradise" with Robert Karnes. His other roles were in episodes "Hold Up", "Runaway Stage" (Jackie Loughery), "The Vanquisher", and "Chain Gang", with Glenn Strange and Lash La Rue, the cowboy with the whip.[2]

Grant Withers appeared twice on 26 Men – in "The Torch" and "Tumbleweed Ranger", the latter with Denver Pyle. The episode "Brief Glory" features Maudie Prickett and Forrest Lewis. In "The Last Rebellion" with Dub Taylor, an Apache accidentally kills an elderly chief. The episode "Cross and Doublecross" features Edgar Buchanan and Ron Hayes. Gregory Walcott appeared twice on 26 Men in the episodes "Man in Hiding" and "Hondo Man". Paul Picerni appeared as Ben Thorpe in two episodes, "Gun Hand" and "Badge to Kill". Robert Blake, later Baretta, appeared as Tobe Hackett in the 1959 episode "Trade Me Deadly".[2]

References

  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penquin Books, 1996, 4th ed., pp. 870-871
  2. ^ a b c d "Episode List for 26 Men". Internet Movie Data Base. http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0049991/episodes. Retrieved February 18, 2009.  

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