The Adventures of Kit Carson

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The Adventures of Kit Carson
GenreWestern
Inspired byKit Carson
Directed byJohn English
Lew Landers
Paul Landres
Philip Ford
Charles S. Gould
Derwin Abrahams
Will Sheldon
Norman Lloyd
StarringBill Williams
Don Diamond
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes104
Production
ProducersLeon Fromkess
Richard Irving
CinematographyClark Ramsey
Joe Novack
John Macburnie
Jack Greenhalgh
Jack MacKenzie
Camera setupSingle-Camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesMCA TV
Revue Productions
DistributorMCA TV
Release
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseAugust 11, 1951 (1951-08-11) –
November 22, 1955 (1955-11-22)
Chronology
Related showsThe Lone Ranger (TV series)

The Adventures of Kit Carson is an American Western that aired from 1951 to 1955. The show ran for four seasons and consisted of 104 episodes over four years. The original air date was Saturday, August 11, 1951. It concluded on January 22, 1955.[citation needed] While airing, the show was shown in over 130 markets and was sold to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company by MCA-TV.[1] After airing, MCA-TV acquired syndication rights to the show. In New York, the show aired on Tuesday evenings on WNBT (TV) and ran for thirty-minutes.[1] The show starred Bill Williams in the title role as frontier scout Christopher "Kit" Carson, and Don Diamond co-starred as El Toro, Carson's Mexican companion. Though the show may have been inspired by the historic Kit Carson, it is not historically accurate.[2]

The show was primarily targeted to children.[citation needed] In Omaha, there was a horse drawing competition to promote the show. The winner received a real Shetland pony.[3] During the shows airtime, it received fair reviews from a variety of publications. Many critiques critiqued the direction of the show but generally liked the acting of Bill Williams and Don Diamond. However, for a children's show, it was well liked.

Premise[edit]

The show is set in the Wild West in the late 19th century.[4] Frontiersman, Kit Carson, and his Mexican friend, El Toro, explore the vast expanse the American frontier. They capture outlaws and righ wrongs.[citation needed]

Cast[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Total Seasons (1951-1955)[citation needed]
Season Episodes Originally Aired Last Aired
1 26 August 11, 1951 February 2, 1952
2 26 August 2, 1952 January 24, 1953
3 26 August 1, 1953 January 30, 1954
4 26 July 31, 1954 January 22, 1955

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1951-52)[5]
No. Overall No. In Season Title Original Air Date
1 1 "California Outlaws" August 11, 1951
2 2 "Prince of Padua Hills" August 18, 1951
3 3 "Road to Monterey" August 25, 1951
4 4 "Padres Treasure" September 1, 1951
5 5 "The Murango Story" September 8, 1951
6 6 "Rides of Capistrano" September 15, 1951
7 7 "Enemies of the West" September 22, 1951
8 8 "Law of Six Guns" September 29, 1951
9 9 "The Devil Angel's Camp" October 6, 1951
10 10 "Law of the Frontier" October 13, 1951
11 11 "The Road to El Dorado" October 20, 1951
12 12 "Fury at Red Gulch" October 27, 1951
13 13 "Outlaws of Manzanita" November 3, 1951
14 14 "The Desperate Sheriff" November 10, 1951
15 15 "Hero of Hermosa" November 17, 1951
16 16 "A Ticket to Mexico" November 24, 1951
17 17 "The Return of Trigger Dawson" December 1, 1951
18 18 "The Teton Tornado" December 8, 1951
19 19 "Bad Man of Briscoe" December 15, 1951
20 20 "Spoilers of California" December 22, 1951
21 21 "Feud in San Felipe" December 29, 1951
22 22 "The Trap" January 5, 1952
23 23 "Border Corsairs" January 12, 1952
24 24 "Curse of the Albas" January 19, 1952
25 25 "Bandit's Blade" January 26, 1952
26 26 "The Marauder of Madera" February 2, 1952
Season 2 (1952-53)[6]
No. Overall No. In Season Title Original Air Date
27 1 "Snake River Trappers" August 2, 1952
28 2 "Baron of Black Springs" August 9, 1952
29 3 "Danger Hill" August 16, 1952
30 4 "Wild Horses of Pala" August 23, 1952
31 5 "Trail to Fort Hazard" August 30, 1952
32 6 "Warwhoop" September 6, 1952
33 7 "Outlaw Paradise" September 13, 1952
34 8 "Powdersnake Trail" September 20, 1952
35 9 "Trouble in Tuscarora" September 27, 1952
36 10 "Trail to Old Sonora" October 4, 1952
37 11 "Road to Destiny" October 11, 1952
38 12 "Border Town" October 18, 1952
39 13 "Roaring Challenge" October 25, 1952
40 14 "Range Masters" November 1, 1952
41 15 "Thunder Over Inyo" November 8, 1952
42 16 "Pledge to Danger" November 15, 1952
43 17 "Golden Snare" November 22, 1952
44 18 "Singing Wires" November 29, 1952
45 19 "Mojave Desperados" December 6, 1952
46 20 "Highway to Doom" December 13, 1952
47 21 "Hideout" December 20, 1952
48 22 "Broken Spur" December 27, 1952
49 23 "Ventura Feud" January 3, 1953
50 24 "Bad Men of Marysville" January 10, 1953
51 25 "Claim Jumpers of Juniper" January 17, 1953
52 26 "Mask of the Vigilantes" January 24, 1953
Season 3 (1953-54)[7]
No. Overall No. In Season Title Original Air Date
53 1 "Outlaw Trail" August 1, 1953
54 2 "Savage Outpost" August 8, 1953
55 3 "Hawk Raiders" August 15, 1953
56 4 "Widow of Indian Wells" August 22, 1953
57 5 "The Law of Boot Hill" August 29, 1953
58 6 "Trouble at Fort Mojave" September 5, 1953
59 7 "Powdersmoke Law" September 12, 1953
60 8 "Secret Sheriff" September 19, 1953
61 9 "Outlaw Army" September 26, 1953
62 10 "Lost Treasure of Panamint" October 3, 1953
63 11 "Frontier Mail" October 10, 1953
64 12 "Open Season" October 17, 1953
65 13 "Gunsmoke Justice" October 24, 1953
66 14 "Challenge to Chance" October 31, 1953
67 15 "Marshall of Gun Town" November 7, 1953
68 16 "Uprising at Pawhuska" November 14, 1953
69 17 "Army Renegades" November 21, 1953
70 18 "Badman's Escape" November 28, 1953
71 19 "Haunted Hacienda" December 5, 1953
72 20 "Gunsmoke Valley" December 12, 1953
73 21 "Renegade Wires" December 19, 1953
74 22 "Ambush" December 26, 1953
75 23 "Dry Creek Chase" January 9, 1954
76 24 "Copper Town" January 16, 1954
77 25 "Counterfeit County" January 23, 1954
78 26 "Cache" January 30, 1954
Season 4 (1954-55)[8]
No. Overall No. In Season Title Original Air Date
79 1 "Trails Westward" July 31, 1954
80 2 "Stampede Fury" August 7, 1954
81 3 "Bullets of Mystery" August 14, 1954
82 4 "The Wrong Man" August 21, 1954
83 5 "Gatling Gun" August 28, 1954
84 6 "Powder Depot" September 4, 1954
85 7 "Hermit of Indian Ridge" September 11, 1954
86 8 "Riders of Hooded League" September 18, 1954
87 9 "Frontier of Challenge" September 25, 1954
88 10 "Trail to Bordertown" October 2, 1954
89 11 "No Man's Law" October 9, 1954
90 12 "Missing Hacienda" October 16, 1954
91 13 "Renegades of Rejo" October 23, 1954
92 14 "Ghost Town Garrison" October 30, 1954
93 15 "Eyes of the Outlaw" November 6, 1954
94 16 "The Valiant Outlaw" November 13, 1954
95 17 "Judge of Black Mesa" November 20, 1954
96 18 "Frontier Empire" November 27, 1954
97 19 "Trouble at Sundown" December 4, 1954
98 20 "Outlaw's Justice" December 11, 1954
99 21 "Golden Ring of Cibola" December 18, 1954
100 22 "The Overland Stage" December 25, 1954
101 23 "Devil's Remuda" January 1, 1955
102 24 "Phantom Uprising" January 8, 1955
103 25 "Mission to Alkali" January 15, 1955
104 26 "Incident at Wagontire" January 22, 1955

Production[edit]

Crew[citation needed][edit]

Production Companies[edit]

Technical Aspects[edit]

Early Promotion[edit]

KETV - Omaha[edit]

  • KETV held a pony drawing contest for children to promote The Adventures of Kit Carson. The promotion was targeted at children to determine who could draw the best horse. The winner of the competition received a real Shetland pony.[3]

Reviews and Reception[edit]

During The Adventures of Kit Carson's original air time, the show was generally well-received. The show saw several good reviews in trade press publications at the time.

Variety[edit]

  • Variety said that the show "fit like a glove into the groove for which it's patterned; and should keep the juves (and Coca-Cola) happy." Variety also said that Bill Williams and Don Diamond were "just okay."[9]

S.S. Picturegoer[edit]

  • Called the show "energetic and likeable" but also critiqued the direction of the show. Additionally, they stated the plot was "well-constructed" and applauded the acting of Bill Williams and Don Diamond.[10]

Streaming[edit]

Amazon Prime Video[edit]

Limited episodes of The Adventures of Kit Carson are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.[11]

  • 40 episodes included with Amazon Prime subscription.

Roku Channel[edit]

  • 49 Episodes of The Adventures of Kit Carson are available to watch for free on the Roku Channel. The available episodes are from the first and second season.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Advertisers & Agencies: Coca-Cola of N.Y. Names Murray V.P. for Radio-Tv". Broadcasting, Telecasting. Vol. 45, no. 18. November 2, 1953. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  2. ^ The Adventures of Kit Carson | TVmaze, retrieved 2021-05-06
  3. ^ a b "PROGRAMS & PROMOTIONS: KETV (TV) Promotes 'Kit Carson'". Broadcasting. Vol. 54, no. 2. January 13, 1958. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "Adventures of Kit Carson TV in Public Domain". www.fesfilms.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  5. ^ "The Adventures of Kit Carson Season 1 Episodes". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "The Adventures of Kit Carson Season 2 Episodes". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "The Adventures of Kit Carson Season 3 Episodes". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "The Adventures of Kit Carson Season 4 Episodes". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "TV-Films: TELEPIX REVIEWS - Nelson Vice Cole". Variety. Vol. 188, no. 9. Los Angeles. November 5, 1952. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Bad Men Of Marysville". S.S. Picturegoer. Vol. 11, no. 1010. London. September 11, 1954. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  11. ^ "Watch The Adventures of Kit Carson | Prime Video". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  12. ^ "The Adventures of Kit Carson". Roku Guide. 2019-06-27. Retrieved 2021-05-06.

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