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The Marshal of Gunsight Pass
Format Western
Directed by Philip Booth
Frank Fox
Starring Russell Hayden
Eddie Dean
Riley Hill
Roscoe Ates
Jan Sterling
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Producer(s) Philip Booth Lou Holzer
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black and white (1950)
Original run 12 March 1950 – 30 September 1950

The Marshal of Gunsight Pass is a 1950 live broadcast western television series starring Russell Hayden (1912-1981), former Country music singer Eddie Dean (1907-1999), and Riley Hill as Marshal #1, Marshal #2, and Marshal #3, respectively. Hayden is not identified by a character name. Dean uses his own name in the series, and Hill is known as "Riley Roberts". The program hence went through three leading actors in its six-month run.[1]

Roscoe Ates (1895-1962) played Deputy Roscoe; Andy Parker (1913-1977), Andy, and Bert Wenland (1929-2004), Bud Glover. Jan Sterling (1921-2004), then Jane Adrian, appeared at the age of twenty-nine as Ruth, the girlfriend of the 55-year-old Roscoe.[2]

The Internet Movie Data Base lists only the premiere episode of The Marshal of Gunsight Pass: "Shotgun Messenger", which aired on March 12, 1950. Other actors appearing in the episode were Hugh Hooker (1919-1987) as David Clay, Marshall Reed (1917-1980) as Larry Thomas, and Steve Conte (1920-1987) as The Road Agent. Three actors made their only career screen appearances on The Marshal of Gunsight Pass: Eddie Coffman as "The Gunfighter", Greg Rogers as Cal Darby, and Marcia Wren as "The Woman".[2]

The ABC program was broadcast from a lot at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California.[2] Geared toward a children's audience, the program was telecast live to West Coast stations and viewed via kinescope elsewhere. Even in the year 1950, the production of the program seemed unusually primitive.[3][4]

The 22-episode series aired outside prime time at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturdays. Russell Hayden later starred in the syndicated western series Cowboy G-Men (1952) and Judge Roy Bean (1956). He produced both Judge Roy Bean and the syndicated series, 26 Men (1957-1959), true stories of the Arizona Rangers, starring Tristram Coffin (1909-1990).[5]


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