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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tales of the Texas Rangers


Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952. Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal, to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.

The series was produced by Screen Gems and directed by Stacy Keach, Sr., and was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties.

Captain Manuel T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas, a Ranger for 30 years and who was said to have killed 31 men during his career, served as consultant for the series.

This show was one of the more successful radio shows of the early
1950's, airing for 3 years. Directed by Stacey Keach, Sr., TALES
OF THE TEXAS RANGERS broadcast coast-to-coast every Sunday on NBC.

Don't mistake this series for a Western. It's a modern (1950's)
police drama featuring the oldest and most respected law enforcement
body in North America. "Tales" related true cases from the police
files and is sometimes considered a forerunner of today's TV series
starring Chuck Norris.

In 1955, TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS made the transition to television.
Stacy Keach Sr. is credited as one of the directors. Willard Parker
played the part of Jace Pearson. The series aired through 1959,
consisting of 52 30-minute episodes.

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