Mixing exciting detective-cowboy thrills with historic characters, this Emmy winning western series kept the facts straight, and found ingenious ways to bring Matt Clark within sleuthing distance of the Legends of the West!
Ep. 15: Chief Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse continues to thwart the Army’s efforts to catch him. When his daughter becomes ill, Crazy Horse’s wife brings her to see the doctor at an Army fort. Crazy Horse kills the doctor and the child dies. Matt and Indian Agent Joe Weaver suspect that Crazy Horse will try and visit the child’s grave. He does, but Matt and Joe cannot catch him. Crazy Horse’s wife tells Frankie that he will attack a train carrying an Army general, and Matt tries to convince the other tribes to help him stop the renegade chief.
Jim Davis starred as “railroad detective” Matt Clark in this 30-minute 1954 western series. Matt Clark’s partner was a sexy, feisty, competitive young woman played by Mary Castle. Matt Clark eventually got a new partner played by Kristine Miller. A female lead in an action show was never done, and it was intriguing and fun. Its surprising no show followed this innovative precedent of a male and female duo as leads. Each episode of “Stories of the Century” focused on a different real life western desperado such as Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, and Belle Starr.
Cast and Crew:
* Jim Davis – Matt Clark
* Mary Castle – Frankie Adams
# Director: William Witney
Production Company: Hollywood Television Service
Date Release: 23 January 1954 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Audio & Video: Mono – Black and White
Additional details in: IMDB
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