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TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS

 Texas Rangers (Tales of the Texas Rangers)

2 MP3 CDs - 92 episodes


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Lone Wolf with Car
Police procedural with western flavor (1950 - 1952)

Tales of the Texas Rangers, starring Joel McCrea as Ranger Pearson! Texas …
more than 260,000 square miles! And the 50 men who make up the most
famous and oldest law enforcement body in North America!

Though, the popularity of television was imminent, Westerns on both radio and television remained popular.  Joel MacRae Bubble Gum CardWesterns made in the 1940's and 1950's idealistically focused on upholding American laws and patriotism, whereas the Westerns of the 1960's and 1970's themes related to individuality and focusing on a rebellious anti-hero often opposed to authority.  Whereas most western-themed shows took place between the time period between Battle of the Alamo 1836 and Mexican Revolution 1920, Tales of the Texas Rangers was unique in its contemporary setting with Western-style tradition and ideals. 

Stephen F. Austin unofficially created the formation of the Texas Rangers in 1823 to protect the interests of settlers.  The Rangers were originally paid in land and served as scouts, guides, detectives, and small armed forces.  President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston believed that relationships with the Native Americans could be peacefully negotiated; however the Texas Rangers was constitutionally created as a military force for the short lived Republic and later the State of Texas.

Their role in Texas History was especially significant during the Mexican Revolution in when ugly cross-border attacks were prominent.  During the Great Depression, their number dwindled to 45 due to lack of funding—additionally, the existing rangers had to find their own horses. Texas Rangers are an important part of the mythology of the Wild West and today there are still over 100 Rangers actively serving the State of Texas.

Like Dragnet, the Tales of the Texas Rangers old time radio show was a procedural drama based on actual modern Texas Rangers.  Star Joel McCrea lead as "Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the forensic science to track and identify the criminals.  Joel McCrea was not only a popular Hollywood star, but he also was a proficient horseman as he worked as a ranch hand as a teen.  Though most of the criminals used automobiles, the plot would often necessitate Pearson riding his faithful horse, Charcoal. The clop, clop, clop, of sound effects would indicate Charcoal much awaited gallop.

Producer-director Stacy Keach traveled to Texas and worked with Texas Rangers Captain Manuel "Lone Wolf Gonzaullas. Gonzaullas as the served as the show's advisor giving the drama a unmistaken realism.  The slant would be modern: the cases would span the time from ca. 1928-48.  The show is often called a Westerns version of Dragnet

Sponsored by Wheaties, the old time radio show aired on between July 8, 1950 to September 14, 1952.  The popular Television Show, mainly targeted at children, ran between 1955 and 1957.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
Volume 1 - 44 shows - total playtime 21 hours 55 minutes

TXR 500419 Just A Number (Audition)
TXR 500715 White Elephant
TXR 500722 Apache Peak
TXR 500729 Trigger Man
TXR 500805 Quick Silver
TXR 500812 Broken Spur
TXR 500819 Fool's Gold
TXR 500826 Open Range
TXR 500902 Play For Keeps
TXR 500909 Dear Or Alive
TXR 500916 Candy Man
TXR 500923 Open & Shut
TXR 500930 CleanUp
TXR 501008 Living Death
TXR 501015 Dead GiveAWay
TXR 501029 Soft Touch
TXR 501105 White Suit
TXR 501112 Blood Relative
TXR 501126 Hanging By A Thread
TXR 501203 Room 114
TXR 501210 Lucky Dollar
TXR 501217 Cactus Pear
TXR 501224 Christmas Presents
TXR 501231 The Devil's Share
TXR 510107 Dead Head Freight
TXR 510114 Death In The Cards
TXR 510121 Blood Harvest
TXR 510204 Logger's Larceny
TXR 510211 The Hatchet
TXR 510218 Sweet Revenge
TXR 510225 The Trap
TXR 510311 Blind Justice
TXR 510318 Death By Adoption
TXR 510325 Breakdown
TXR 510401 Pressure
TXR 510408 Bad Blood
TXR 510415 Conspiracy
TXR 510422 Canned Death
TXR 510506 No Living Witness
TXR 510513 Paid In Full
TXR 510520 Square Dance
TXR 510527 Joy Ride
TXR 510930 Death Shaft
TXR 511007 Wheelchair Killing

Volume 2 - 48 shows - total playtime 23 hours 48 minutes

TXR 511014 PLAY FOR KEEPS
TXR 511021 FUGITIVE'S TRAIL
TXR 511028 WHITE ELEPHANT
TXR 511104 HELPING HAND
TXR 511111 OPEN AND SHUT
TXR 511118 WILD CROP
TXR 511125 THE BLOWOFF
TXR 511202 DEAD GIVEAWAY
TXR 511209 DEATH PLANT
TXR 511216 PICKUP
TXR 511223 CHRISTMAS PAYOFF
TXR 511230 KILLER'S CROP
TXR 520106 BIRDS OF A FEATHER
TXR 520113 CLIP JOB
TXR 520120 BLOOF TRAIL
TXR 520127 NIGHT CHASE
TXR 520203 THE RUBOUT
TXR 520210 HITCHIKER
TXR 520217 COLD BLOOD
TXR 520224 BRIGHT BOY
TXR 520302 THE ICEMAN
TXR 520309 DREAM FARM
TXR 520316 PRELUDE TO FELONY
TXR 520330 NIGHT HAWK
TXR 520406 TROOP TRAIN
TXR 520413 UNCERTAIN DEATH
TXR 520420 ILLUSION
TXR 520427 ADDRESS UNKNOWN
TXR 520504 LITTLE SISTER
TXR 520511 UNLEASHED FURY
TXR 520518 SMART KILL
TXR 520525 JAILBIRD
TXR 520601 SELLOUT
TXR 520608 ILLEGAL ENTRY
TXR 520615 TRAVESTY
TXR 520622 KNOCKOUT
TXR 520629 EXCON
TXR 520706 THE BOOMERANG
TXR 520713 FINGER MAN
TXR 520720 ROUND TRIP
TXR 520727 STICKUP
TXR 520803 DOUBLE EDGE
TXR 520810 LAST STOP
TXR 520817 COVERUP
TXR 520824 THREE VICTIMS
TXR 520831 MISPLACED PERSON
TXR 520907 ALIBI
TXR 520914 DRIVEIN (LAST SHOW)

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