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Horizons West (aka American West)

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The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) was the first overland expedition undertaken by the United States to the Pacific coast and back. The expedition team was headed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and assisted by Sacajawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. The expedition's goal was to gain an accurate sense of the resources being exchanged in the Louisiana Purchase. The expedition laid much of the groundwork for the westward expansion of the United States.

Date of initial airing is unknown; this was a syndicated series. Audition Show: none

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Thirteen chapter syndicated radio docu-drama of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Excellent scripts and acting. Was broadcast on Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in the 1950's.

CREW: Directed by William Lally. Written by Karl A. and William Tunberg. Sound patterns by Gene Twombly. Announcer: Michael Rye (a.k.a. Rye Billsbury.)





MR. JEFFERSON' DREAM (Chapter 1) President Jefferson summons Meriwether Lewis to Washington City as his personal secretary. Jefferson tells Lewis of his plan for the exploration of the West. Lewis recruits Clark. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, and York by Cliff Holland. Unmatched Roles and Actors: Roles: Daniel Boone by , the Sgt. by , the Colonel by , President Jefferson by , Gen. George R. Clark by , Dr. Socgran by Pvt.Patrick Gass by , and Sgt. John Ordway by . Actors: Dan Randolph, Stan Ferrar, Ben Wright, Les Tremayne, Tyler McVey, Bill Irwin, and Dal McKennon.

THE CONFRONTATION (Chapter 2) Lewis and Clark confront the most feared tribe on the Plains - the Sioux. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, Sgt. Charles Floyd, Jr. by Jack Edwards, Pierre Dorion by Jack Kruschen, and George Drouillard by Karl Swenson, Private Reed by Sam Edwards, Partisan by Dal McKennon.

DAKOTA WINTER (Chapter 3) The Corps of Discovery winter with the Mandan. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, York by Cliff Holland, Toussaint Charbonneau by Sebastian Cabot, and Sacagawea by Helen Gerald. Unmatched Roles and Actors: Roles: Francois Larocque by , Black Cat by , and Kakawissassa by . Actors: Bill Keene, Howard Culver, and John Cedar.

INTO THE UNKNOWN (Chapter 4) With the Spring, the Corps of Discovery travel westward along the Missouri. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, Sgt. Nathaniel Pryor by Dal McKennon, Toussaint Charbonneau by Sebastian Cabot, Pvt. Pierre Cruzatte by Don Diamond, Pvt. Richard Windsor by Steven Bell, and George Drouillard by Karl Swenson.

THE GREAT FALLS (Chapter 5) Lewis and Clark divide the Corps to search for the Great Falls of the Missouri. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, George Drouillard by Karl Swenson, Sgt. Nathaniel Pryor by Frank Gerstle, Pvt. Pierre Cruzatte by Don Diamond, Toussaint Charbonneau by Sebastian Cabot, Pvt. Silas Goodrich by Herb Ellis, and Sacagawea by Helen Gerald.

SHOSHONE COUNTRY (Chapter 6) With the help of Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark locate the Shoshone. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, George Drouillard by Karl Swenson, Sgt. Patrick Gass by Bill Quinn, Toussaint Charbonneau by Sebastian Cabot, Pvt. Shields by Jim Bowles, and Sacagawea by Helen Gerald.

TO THE PACIFIC (Chapter 7) The Corps races Winter in an attempt to cross the Rockies and reach the Pacific via the Columbia River. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, Sgt. John Ordway by Eddie Firestone, Pvt. Pierre Cruzatte by Don Diamond, York by Cliff Holland, George Drouillard by Karl Swenson, Comcominish by Dal McKennon, and Sgt. Patrick Gass by Jim Bowles.

FORT ON THE COLUMBIA (Chapter 8) The Corps winters at the mouth of the Columbia River. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, Sgt. Patrick Gass by Bill Quinn, George Drouillard by Karl Swenson, Comawool by Dal McKennon, and Sacagawea by Helen Gerald. Unmatched Roles and Actors: Roles: Pvt. John Colter by , Pvt. Alexander Hamilton Willard by . Actors: Ben Cooper.

HOMEWARD BOUND (Chapter 9) With Spring, the Corps start their trip back to Saint Louis. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, Pvt. Pierre Cruzatte by Don Diamond, George Drouillard by Karl Swenson, Toussaint Charbonneau by Sebastian Cabot, and Sgt. Patrick Gass by Bill Quinn. Unmatched Roles and Actors: Roles: Nearckecku by , Yellept by , Clatsop Warrior by . Actors: Paul Conrad and Dal McKennon.

DECISION AT TRAVELERS' REST (Chapter 10) Lewis and Clark split the Corps into several parties to explore uncharted areas. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, Comcominish by Dal McKennon, George Drouillard by Karl Swenson, Sgt. John Ordway by Eddie Firestone, Pvt. William Bratton by Clark Gordon, and Pvt. John Shields by Jim Bowles.

CLARK AND THE HORSE THIEVES (Chapter 11) Cpt. Clark and his group encounter hostile Indians. CAST: Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, Sgt. John Ordway by Eddie Firestone, Toussaint Charbonneau by Sebastian Cabot, Sgt. Nathaniel Pryor by Frank Gerstle, Pvt. George Shannon by Don Spruance, York by Cliff Holland, and Sacagawea by Helen Gerald.

LEWIS AND THE BLACKFEET (Chapter 12) Lewis deals with the Blackfeet and is shot while hunting. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Sgt. Patrick Gass by Bill Quinn, White Bear by Dal McKennon, George Drouillard by Karl Swenson, Sgt. John Ordway by Eddie Firestone, and Jay Novello by Side Hill Calf. Unmatched Roles and Actors: Roles: Pvt. Hugh McNeal by , Pvt. Joseph Field by , and Pvt. Reuben Field by . Actors: Dan Barton, John Stephenson, and Howard Culver.

DOWN THE MISSOURI TO ST. LOUIS (Chapter 13) The reunited Corps of Discovery complete their journey. CAST: Cpt. Meriwether Lewis by Harry Bartell, Cpt. William Clark by John Anderson, Sgt. Nathaniel Pryor by Frank Gerstle, Sacagawea by Helen Gerald, Sgt. Patrick Gass by Bill Quinn, Toussaint Charbonneau by Sebastian Cabot, James Aird by Don Messig, and Pierre Dorion by Jack Kruschen. Unmatched Roles and Actors: Roles: Pvt. John Colter by and Sheheke by . Actors: Gary Collins and Richard Peel.
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