Iron Horse (TV series)

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Iron Horse
Iron Horse 1966.JPG
Cast from left: Bob Ransom, Gary Collins and Dale Robertson, 1966.
GenreWestern
Created by
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes47
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time60 mins.
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1966 –
January 6, 1968

Iron Horse is an American Western television series that appeared on ABC from 1966 to 1968 and featured Dale Robertson as fictional gambler-turned-railroad baron Ben Calhoun. Costars included Gary Collins, Robert Random and Ellen Burstyn (who was billed as Ellen McRae). The series pilot was released as the film Scalplock.

Synopsis[edit]

The plot centered on Calhoun's poker game-win of the incomplete Buffalo Pass, Scalplock, & Defiance Railroad and his wide-ranging attempts to finish the line despite obstacles that were ever-present.

A running subplot was Calhoun's frequent and (for TV at that time) flagrant sexual dalliances with his many attractive female guest stars, as well as his steadier on and off arrangement with Julie Parsons, played by Ellen Burstyn. Though he was never actually shown in bed with any of them, there was little room for doubt about what was going on between scenes, and marriage was never even brought up as a possibility. The second season cut back on Calhoun's sexual exploits a bit, perhaps in response to viewer complaints.

Much of the external footage involving trains was shot on the historic Sierra Railroad in and around Jamestown and Sonora, California, and the filming was produced by Screen Gems.

Episode list[edit]

Pilot: 1966[edit]

  • Scalplock / April 10, 1966 (1966-04-10)

Season 1: 1966–67[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
11"Joy Unconfined"James GoldstoneStephen KandelSeptember 12, 1966 (1966-09-12)
22"The Dynamite Driver"Claudio GuzmánStephen KandelSeptember 19, 1966 (1966-09-19)
33"High Devil"Samuel FullerSamuel FullerSeptember 26, 1966 (1966-09-26)
44"Right of Way Through Paradise"Richard BenedictMort LewisOctober 3, 1966 (1966-10-03)
55"Pride at the Bottom of the Barrel"Jesse HibbsJohn O'Dea & Arthur RoweOctober 10, 1966 (1966-10-10)
66"Broken Gun"Jesse HibbsJohn O'Dea & Arthur RoweOctober 17, 1966 (1966-10-17)
77"Cougar Man"Robert TottenRobert SabaroffOctober 24, 1966 (1966-10-24)
88"War Cloud"Joseph KaneT : Richard & Esther Shapiro;
S/T : Richard C. Meyer & Norman T. Herman
October 31, 1966 (1966-10-31)
99"No Wedding Bells for Tony"Harmon JonesPeter GermanoNovember 7, 1966 (1966-11-07)
1010"The Man from New Chicago"Samuel FullerMort LewisNovember 14, 1966 (1966-11-14)
1111"Explosion at Waycrossing"Murray GoldenRobert DennisNovember 21, 1966 (1966-11-21)
1212"Through Ticket to Gunsight"Herb WallersteinPreston WoodNovember 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)
1313"Town Full of Fear"László BenedekT : John O'Dea & Arthur Rowe;
S/T : Robert Hamner
December 5, 1966 (1966-12-05)
1414"Big Deal"Earl BellamyBernard Rothman & Norman KlenmanDecember 12, 1966 (1966-12-12)
1515"A Dozen Ways to Kill a Man"Herb WallersteinT : Peter Germano;
S/T : Louis Vittes
December 19, 1966 (1966-12-19)
1616"Hellcat"TBATBADecember 26, 1966 (1966-12-26)
1717"Welcome for the General"TBATBAJanuary 2, 1967 (1967-01-02)
1818"The Pembrooke Blood"TBATBAJanuary 9, 1967 (1967-01-09)
1919"Volcano Wagon"TBATBAJanuary 16, 1967 (1967-01-16)
2020"The Bridge at Forty-Mile"TBATBAJanuary 23, 1967 (1967-01-23)
2121"Shadow Run"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1967 (1967-01-30)
2222"Banner with a Strange Device"TBATBAFebruary 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)
2323"Appointment with an Epitaph"TBATBAFebruary 13, 1967 (1967-02-13)
2424"The Red Tornado"Samuel FullerWarren DouglasFebruary 20, 1967 (1967-02-20)
2525"Decision at Sundown"Herb WallersteinStephen KandelFebruary 27, 1967 (1967-02-27)
2626"The Passenger"TBATBAMarch 6, 1967 (1967-03-06)
2727"The Execution"TBATBAMarch 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
2828"Death by Triangulation"Otto LangLouis VittesMarch 20, 1967 (1967-03-20)
2929"The Golden Web"TBATBAMarch 27, 1967 (1967-03-27)
3030"Sister Death"TBATBAApril 3, 1967 (1967-04-03)

Season 2: 1967–68[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
311"Diablo"TBATBASeptember 16, 1967 (1967-09-16)
322"Consignment, Betsy the Boiler"TBATBASeptember 23, 1967 (1967-09-23)
333"Gallows for Bill Pardew"TBATBASeptember 30, 1967 (1967-09-30)
344"Five Days to Washtiba"TBATBAOctober 7, 1967 (1967-10-07)
355"The Silver Bullet"TBATBAOctober 14, 1967 (1967-10-14)
366"Grapes of Grass Valley"TBATBAOctober 21, 1967 (1967-10-21)
377"Leopards Try, But Leopards Can't"TBATBAOctober 28, 1967 (1967-10-28)
388"The Return of Hode Avery"TBATBANovember 4, 1967 (1967-11-04)
399"Four Guns to Scalplock"TBATBANovember 11, 1967 (1967-11-11)
4010"Steel Chain to a Music Box"TBATBANovember 18, 1967 (1967-11-18)
4111"Six Hours to Sky High"TBATBANovember 25, 1967 (1967-11-25)
4212"T is for Traitor"TBATBADecember 2, 1967 (1967-12-02)
4313"Dealer's Choice"TBATBADecember 9, 1967 (1967-12-09)
4414"Wild Track"TBATBADecember 16, 1967 (1967-12-16)
4515"Death Has Two Faces"TBATBADecember 23, 1967 (1967-12-23)
4616"The Prisoner"TBATBADecember 30, 1967 (1967-12-30)
4717"Dry Run to Glory"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1968 (1968-01-06)

Guest stars[edit]

DVD release[edit]

On October 2, 2012 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment was due to release the first season of the series on DVD through an online manufacture-on-demand program via Amazon.com and Warner Bros, Archives, but this release has been delayed.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, David (July 27, 2012). "The Iron Horse - Release Date Revealed by Sony for 'The Complete 1st Season'". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2012.

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