|1957 - 1959
Western adventure about a police force of
twenty-six men who maintained law and order in
the turn-of-the-century Arizona Territory. The
force consisted of a captain, a lieutenant, four
sergeants, and twenty privates. The reason for
only "26 Men" was because that's all the state
During a tour of duty, a ranger faced the
dangers and hardships of being bitten by
a rattlesnake, falsely accused of charges of
murder or cowardice, knocked unconscious by
robbers and left for dead. attacked by hostile
Indians, ambushed while escorting a gold
shipment, or threatened by notorious outlaws.
But despite these tribulations the Rangers
and Ranger Travis
The 26 Arizona Rangers included:
- Tristram "Tris" Coffin as Captain Tom Rynning.
- Kelo Henderson as Ranger Clint Travis.
- Harry Lauter as Lt. Holloway
- Hal Hopper as Ranger Hillborn
- John Redmond as The Original Ranger
- Clarence Beatty as Ranger
- George Ross as Ranger Ben Howard
- Gregg Palmer as Ranger Andrew
- Jack Buetel as Ranger Johnny
- Bill Baucom as Ranger Drake &
- Harry Fleer as Ranger John
- Walter Kelly as a former Ranger
- Ranger Jim Hatton
- Ranger Carl Hubbard
- Ranger Ed Braddock
The many exploits of the 26 Men included:
- A newspaper editor who asked for help is found hanging from a
tree when the rangers arrived.
- On the trail of one of the Wild Bunch who escaped custody.
- Gunrunners who plan to overthrow Mexico.
- Chinese coolies smuggled across the Colorado.
- Tracking down convicts who have escaped prison.
- Solving the mysterious disappearance of a marshal.
- Helping an Apache keep the land he inherited land from his adopted
- Recovering a kidnap victim who happens to be the daughter of the
- Keep the peace when a mob of jobless miners threaten to storm a
- Hit the trail in search of a ruthless cattle baron and his gang.
- Encounter a wounded lawman and a gang of silver hijackers.
- Stop the misdeeds of a crooked town sheriff.
- Take back a town overrun by outlaws.
- Doing damage control after an Apache Chief is accidentally killed on
- Talking down a former mental patient who want to kill the doctor
who committed him.
- Preventing an angry son from seeking revenge for the death of
his father who was unjustly hanged.
- Soothing a lynch mob while figuring out which twin brother the actual
- Run down the leader of a gang of rustlers.
- Council a rancher who wants to destroy the marriage of his brother
to an Indian girl.
- Young boy joins the Rangers with the intention of becoming an
- Uncovering criminal activities at a heavyweight boxing racket
Negotiating with people feuding over water rights.
- Helping a crusading editor retrieve funds embezzled mine safety
- Facilitate the safe journey of a band of mail order brides through
the badlands filled with Apaches and bandits.
- Rescue a boy being held by kidnappers.
Civilians on hand included:
- Ronnie Hansen as Marshal Dink
- Philip Tonge as Deputy Guthrie Kane
- Mark Williams as a telegraph agent
- Bob Pollard as a railroad inspector
- Bud Brown as Carmody, a stage driver
- William Fawcett as Sam Miller, publisher of the
Wilcox Clarion newspaper in Cochise County.
- I. Stanford Jolley as Cincioni the
- H. Tom Cain as Ben Sobel, Gaietyville Hardware Store
- Fred Kohler Jr. as Dr. Adams
- Doug McClure as George Smith
- Leonard Nimoy as Birke Larson
- Lyn Thomas as Mrs. Mary Bringham
Listen to Theme Song
Theme Song Lyrics
(Written by Russell Hayden)
Saddle up, saddle up.
Saddle up, saddle up, saddle up.
This is the story of 26 Men.
Who rode the Arizona Territory.
High is the glory of 26 Men,
Who's parish helped to fill the Territory.
26 Men who saddled up and then
Rode out to answer duty's call.
26 Men who lived to ride again
And fight for the rights and the liberty of all.
This is the story of 26 Men
Enforcing law within the Territory.
Praise be the Glory of 26 Men
Who rode the Arizona Territory.
Ride on. Ride on. Ride on.
Screen Captures - Series Opening
Produced by Russell Hayden, the 78-episode
series was based on the actual historical group of "26" men was
established by an Arizona legislative act of 1901.
John McKittrick Redmond was one of the original rangers commissioned as part of the 26 men
to protect the Arizona Territory. He was also
the "Last of the Arizona Rangers" when the 25th Territorial Legislative revoked
the license of the ranger force on February 15,
1909 when they had largely accomplished their
The series was produced in Arizona near
Phoenix and Tuscon.
Obituaries: Tristram Coffin: 03/26/1990;
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