This Man Dawson

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This Man Dawson
Genre Crime drama
Written by Gene Levitt
Directed by Leon Benson
Starring Keith Andes
William Conrad (narrator)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 33

William Conrad

Elliott Lewis
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original network Syndicated
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release 1959 – 1960

This Man Dawson is a syndicated drama television series starring Keith Andes as a former United States Marine Corps colonel hired to clean up police corruption in an undisclosed American city.[1] The thirty-three episodes, in which Andes portrayed Chief Frank Dawson, aired during the 1959-1960 television season. The series was partly inspired by Andes’ Universal Studios film Damn Citizen (1958), in which he played crusading Louisiana State Police Superintendent Francis C. Grevemberg.[2] It was a production of Ziv Television.[3]

The program narrator is the late William Conrad, formerly the voice on the radio version of Gunsmoke and later the star of CBS' Cannon detective series. The black and white half-hour series was filmed by Ziv, later part of MGM Television.[2]

Notable guest stars[edit]


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, p. 833
  2. ^ a b "This Man Dawson (1959)". Internet Movie Data Base’’. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (1989). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-1198-8. Pp. 45-46.
  4. ^ "Episode List for This Man Dawson". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 9, 2010.