The Forest Rangers
|The Forest Rangers|
|Written by||Lindsay Galloway (most episodes)|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||104|
|Executive producer(s)||Maxine Samuels|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||A.S.P. Productions Ltd.|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Original release||December 1963 – 1965|
The Forest Rangers was a Canadian television series that ran from 1963 to 1965. It was a co-production between CBC Television and ITC Entertainment and was Canada's first television show produced in colour. Executive producer Maxine Samuels founded the show.
The series ran for three seasons, a total of 104 30-minute colour episodes (although Canadian and UK audiences would not get to see them in colour until long after the series ended). Early episodes of the series were broadcast in serialized form as part of a CBC children's series entitled Razzle Dazzle, hosted by Alan Hamel and Michelle Finney.
This was the first appearance in a major series by Gordon Pinsent. He left the series in 1965 to star in Quentin Durgens, M.P.. In 1966 the series was adapted into a comic strip by British comics artist John Gillatt, which appeared in the British comic magazine Tiger.
In June 2004, there was a reunion for ex-cast and fans just south of Kleinburg, where the show was originally filmed. Six of the ex-junior rangers appeared and Peter Tully flew in from his home in Ireland. Another reunion occurred 15 June 2013 at the actual studios where the show was filmed. This time nine junior rangers and Gordon Pinsent were in attendance.
The show's first season was released on DVD by Imavision in early 2007.
- Graydon Gould as Chief Ranger George Keeley
- Rex Hagon as Junior Ranger Peter Keeley
- Michael Zenon as Joe Two Rivers
- Gordon Pinsent as Sergeant Scott
- Rolland Bédard as Uncle Raoul
- Ralph Endersby as Junior Ranger Chub Stanley
- Peter Tully as Junior Ranger Mike Forbes
- Susan Conway as Junior Ranger Kathy
- Syme Jago as Junior Ranger Gaby La Roche
- Joe Austin as MacLeod
- Eric Clavering as Shingwauk
- Tom Harvey as Deputy Ranger Brody
- Eric Cryderman as Ranger Matt Craig
- Ronald Cohoon as Junior Ranger Zeke
- George Allan as Junior Ranger Ted
- Mathew Ferguson as Junior Ranger Danny Bailey
- Barbara Hamilton as Aggie Apple
- Ray Bellew as Rocky Webb
There are two episode order lists. This episode list is in sequence by filming date order. The other list is in sequence by episode title order. Some episodes were given different titles on film to those given in the TV guides of different countries.
|Season 1||Season 2||Season 3|
- Kleinburg, Ontario- the main studio lot
- Lake Muskoka- winter lake scenes from season 3
- Widdifield Fire Tower in North Bay, Ontario- fire tower scenes from season 3
- Mono Mills, Ontario- an old mill used in season 1
- Dorset Fire Tower in Dorset, Ontario- opening credits scene
- Mary Lake in King City, Ontario- summer lake scenes from season 1
- Draper Fire Tower in Bracebridge, Ontario- fire tower scenes from season 1
- Whitney, Ontario- river rapids scenes from season 2
- Tottenham, Ontario- a railroad scene from season 1
- King Creek, Ontario in King Township, Ontario- Dog Catcher chase scenes
- Dickie Lake near Baysville, Ontario- summer lake fly-over scene from season 1
- CTA information
- The Forest Rangers Fan Site
- "John Gillatt". lambiek.net. Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 29, 2016.
- Freeman, John (December 10, 2016). "In Memoriam: 'Billy's Boots' and 'Jet-Ace Logan' Comic Artist John Gillatt". downthetubes.net.
- Forest Rangers Reunion
- 50th Anniversary of The Forest Rangers
- Susan Conway's first appearance as Kathy. She wouldn't appear again until Season 2.
- The only episode to have the episode title shown as well as the only to use different theme music.
- The Forest Rangers at the Internet Movie Database
- Forest Rangers Fan Site
- Forest Rangers Reunion Site
- The Forest Rangers fort film from 1977
- Queen's University Directory of CBC Television Series (The Forest Rangers archived listing link via archive.org)
- Corcelli, John (April 2002). "Forest Rangers, The". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 2010-03-13.