Iron Horse (TV series)
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|The Iron Horse|
Cast from left: Bob Ransom, Gary Collins and Dale Robertson, 1966.
|Created by||James Goldstone|
|Written by||Stanley Adams|
Milton S. Gelman
Mort R. Lewis
George F. Slavin
|Directed by||László Benedek|
Alan Crosland, Jr.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||47|
|Executive producer(s)||Matthew Rapf|
Charles Marquis Warren
|Running time||60 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Dagonet Productions|
|Original release||September 12, 1966 – January 6, 1968|
The Iron Horse (known onscreen as 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.
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.
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- Douglas Kennedy, as Adam Preston in "The Bridge at Forty-Mile" (1967), with X Brands as Juanito in the same episode
- Walter Maslow, as Dimas Mott in "Right of Way through Paradise" (1966)
- John M. Pickard, as Sergeant Terry in "War Cloud" and as Bulwer in "Through Ticket to Gunsight" (both 1966)
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- Lurene Tuttle as Mrs. Emerson in "Sister Death" (1967)
- Michael Witney as Jared Hobson in "The Execution" (1967)
- Tony Young appeared three times, as Shad in "No Wedding Bells for Tony" (1966), Red Shirt (uncredited) in "Hellcat" (also 1966), and as Tower in "Banner with a Strange Device (1967).
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.
- 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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