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!
Season 2 Ep. 03: Tom Bell
Matt easily tracks and captures an inept, would-be outlaw who killed and robbed a railroad surveyor. A year later the man, Tom Bell, escapes from prison, tougher, more knowledgeable, and far more ruthless. When evidence indicates that Bell has had medical training, Matt and Jonesy trace him back to a young doctor who disappeared after his girl left him for a wealthier man.
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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