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State Trooper
Format Western-themed crime drama
Starring Rod Cameron
Robert Armstrong
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 104
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel Syndication
Picture format Black and white (1956-1959)
Original run September 25, 1956 – June 25, 1959

State Trooper is a half-hour television crime drama set in the 1950s American West, starring Rod Cameron (1910-1983) as Rod Blake, an officer of the Nevada State Troopers. The series aired 104 episodes in syndication from September 25, 1956, to June 25, 1959. State Trooper is based in and about Las Vegas but filmed by Revue Studios at Iverson's Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California. Its fictional stories focus upon miners, ranchers, dude ranches, released convicts, and murder mysteries.[1]

Robert Armstrong (1890-1973) appeared in twenty-four episodes as Sheriff Andy Anderson. Don Haggerty (1914-1988) played Sheriff Elder in nine episodes in the 1956-1957 season. Paul Stader (1911-1991) appeared five times in the 1958-1959 season as Deputy Sheriff Jim Wallace.[1]

Jean Byron (1925-2006), who subsequently portrayed the mother on ABC's The Patty Duke Show, appeared five times in different roles on State Trooper. So did character actor Harry Lauter. The following guests starred three times each on the series: Virginia Christine, Douglas Fowley, Virginia Gregg, Myron Healey, and Craig Stevens, later Peter Gunn and Mr. Broadway. Appearing twice on the program were Chris Alcaide, Claude Akins (once as a rodeo clown), Malcolm Atterbury, Edward Binns, Whitney Blake, future film star James Coburn (as Dobie in "Hard Money, Soft Touch"), Mike Connors, Russ Conway, Francis De Sales, Constance Ford (including the episode "The Doll Who Couldn't Sleep"), Michael Landon, Stafford Repp, and Doris Singleton.[1]

Notable guests appearing once on State Trooper included Jack Albertson, Merry Anders, Roscoe Ates (as Dusty Peabody in "The Man from Solitary"), Raymond Bailey, Barbara Bain, Herschel Bernardi, Whit Bissell, Amanda Blake (Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty Russell appeared as Betty Lavon-Coate in "Coate of Many Colors.), Robert Bray (as Harry Belinda in "Room Service for 321"), Paul Brinegar, Sally Brophy, Pat Conway (of the western Tombstone Territory), music composer Frank De Vol, and Angie Dickinson. Don Durant (later CBS's Johnny Ringo, appeared as Ronnie Mann in the episode "Ride 'Til You Die", about a love triangle at a dude ranch which explodes into murder.

Continued: Frank Ferguson, Dabbs Greer, Ron Hagerthy (as Bob Evans in "You Can't Run Forever"), Ed Hinton (as Will Morrison in "Violets on Mt. Rose"), Brad Johnson (as Nat in "Beef a la Murder"), Carolyn Jones, Don Keefer (as Ed Locke in "Will Green Yonder"), DeForest Kelley, Jack Kelly (as Johnny Bledsoe in the episode "Jailbreak at Tonopah"), Joi Lansing, Tyler McVey, Joyce Meadows, Burt Mustin, Jeanette Nolan, Denver Pyle (in "Trail of the Dead", an episode about the disappearance of five amateur prospectors), Gilman Rankin (as Cy Conway in "Death on the Rock", the tale of a landowner who may have killed a hunter on his property), Jacqueline Scott, Vito Scotti, Robert F. Simon, Olan Soule, Barbara Stuart, Hope Summers, Nita Talbot, Constance Towers, Lee Van Cleef, Robert Vaughn, John Vivyan, and Guy Williams, as Vince Breedon in "No Fancy Cowboys", an episode about the defrauding of guests at a dude ranch.[1]

In the episode "The Last Stage Robbery", Doris Packer, Stafford Repp, and Don Haggerty guest starred in the reenactment of an Old West stagecoach ride, which results in robbery, kidnapping, and murder. Officer Blake enters the story to assist the Las Vegas police in the rescue of the victim and to apprehend the perpetrators. The series finale, "The Girl on Cloud Nine", about the beating of a deaf woman and an extortion scheme, features Penny Edwards as Carol Davis and Gregg Palmer as Ben Stander. Beverly Garland, who guest starred once on State Trooper, thereafter appeared twice in another Cameron syndicated series, COronado 9 (1960-1961).[1] Prior to State Trooper, Cameron appeared as New York City police lieutenant Dan Adams in City Detective (1953-1955).


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