Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

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Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by Tracy » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:17 am

“Tales of the Texas Rangers” originally aired on NBC Radio from 1950 to 1952.

The radio show was then produced as a television series, and aired on CBS Television from 1955 to 1958.


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In the television version, actor Willard Parker played the role of Ranger Jace Pearson.

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His partner, Ranger Clay Morgan, who had been an occasional character on the radio show, was played by Harry Lauter.

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Trivia:

The radio shows, some of which are available on the Internet, are reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.
Film star Joel McCrea voiced the radio version as the fictitious Texas Ranger Jace Pearson. His faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky"), helps Pearson track down the law breakers.

During the opening and closing credits of the television series, the actors marched toward the camera as an off-screen men's chorus sings the theme song, "These Are Tales of Texas Rangers", to the tune of "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad".

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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by dougsgirl » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:36 am

You sure find some good ones Tracy, thanks.

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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by daisy60 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:42 pm

This sounds a bit familiar. My parents may have turned it on a few times but I was pretty young. :laughing

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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by Janet the Wicked » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:05 pm

daisy60 wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:42 pm
This sounds a bit familiar. My parents may have turned it on a few times but I was pretty young. :laughing
Sure you were.
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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by Janet the Wicked » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:16 pm

Reminiscent of the kiddie show Boomtown here in New England many, many moons ago, hosted by Rex Trailer.

Boomtown was a children's television show that ran, on WBZ Channel 4 in Boston, for eighteen years. The host was Rex Trailer. It featured songs, rope tricks, cartoons and a weekly "wanted man" who was part of the audience for that day's show. Rex' horse was Goldrush.

Howdy there, folks, we're glad to meet you in
Boom- Boom- Boomtown!

There's a bunch of folks who'd like to greet you in
Boom- Boom- Boomtown!

You can bet we'll have lots of Western fun
And excitement for you

We'll ride and rope, do a square dance and shoot a gun
And we'll sing a song or two

Come along, folks, now we're gonna start the fun in
Boom- Boom- Boomtown!

What followed was a bunch of cartoons, one of which was Clutch Cargo and brother, were those cartoons creepy! They had live animation lips for the characters. And then there were the old Popeye cartoons that never disappointed. Plenty of violence. LOL!

Anyway, one was assured of seeing Rex Trailer in many parades and store openings back in the day.
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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by Karol » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:04 am

In Germany you could see some episodes of the series, too. In the end of the 50s and early 60s. But not many people in Germany had a television at that time.
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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by dougsgirl » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:22 am

I did a search on Willard, he was really tall, 6' 4" and lived a nice long life. Well, considering I'm only 5' 1", he's really tall.

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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by JoeCFan » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:42 am

This is not one I've ever heard of or come across before. I love the iron crease in their pants. Texas Ranchers must have been very neat lol. Thanks for posting Tracy.

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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by daisy60 » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:49 am

JoeCFan wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:42 am
This is not one I've ever heard of or come across before. I love the iron crease in their pants. Texas Ranchers must have been very neat lol. Thanks for posting Tracy.



They must have packed an iron in their saddlebags to use on the trail! :ironing

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Re: Tales of The Texas Rangers 1955-1958

Post by RedShirt » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:55 am

JoeCFan wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:42 am
This is not one I've ever heard of or come across before. I love the iron crease in their pants. Texas Ranchers must have been very neat lol. Thanks for posting Tracy.
There's a brand of khaki pants that come that way, and as long as you hang 'em up to dry, they don't need ironing. They're made out of a specially treated material that just holds and holds a crease -- they're not real comfortable until you've washed 'em three or four times, but they don't shrink at all. Used to get 'em at JC Penney. The ones I had were made in El Paso, but that factory closed in the 1980s.
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