Stories Of The Century 1954 - 1955

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Stories Of The Century 1954 - 1955

Post by Tracy » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:56 pm

"Stories of the Century" is a 39-episode Western television series that ran in syndication through Republic Pictures between 1954 and 1955.



Southwest Railroad Detective Matt Clark (Jim Davis) roams the west, tracking down outlaws and bandits who are preying on the railroad.
Davis also narrates this series.
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Mary Castle co-starred in twenty-six episodes as Clark's attractive assistant, Frankie Adams.
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Detectives Clark and Adams
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Castle left the series after 26 episodes.


Kristine Miller replaced Castle as Detective Clark’s partner.
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Detectives Clark and Jones
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She appeared in thirteen episodes as Margaret Jones, or "Jonesy".


The stories have a limited educational value because each episode follows the basic facts of history.

The episodes focus on the capture of notorious bad men, such as John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, Sam Bass, Clay Allison, Bill Doolin, the Dalton Brothers, the Younger Brothers, and Johnny Ringo, Doc Holliday, Tom Horn, Nate Champion, Cherokee Bill, Black Jack Ketchum, Black Bart, Augustine Chacon, Crazy Horse, Harry Tracy, the Wild Bunch of Wyoming, William Quantrill, Geronimo, Frank James, Billy the Kid, Henry Plummer, Belle Starr, and Cattle Kate Watson.

In 1955, Stories of the Century became the first western to win an Emmy Award in the category of "Western or Adventure Series".

The episodes are available on Youtube and Roku channels. The complete, remastered series is available on DVD.

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Re: Stories Of The Century 1954 - 1955

Post by dougsgirl » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:42 pm

Very interesting, never heard of this. Thanks Tracy.

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Post by littlejoenice » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:52 pm

I have some of this series, and what I loved most about it was that it was one Western that was historically accurate. The themes and people they chose to focus on, as well as the plots of each story, were always based on actual events as featured in newspapers and such.
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Re: Stories Of The Century 1954 - 1955

Post by Karol » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:36 am

I know the series did run on German TV in 1968, but I can't remember it exactly.

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