Set in the days following the Civil War, Larry Ward starred as US Marshal Frank Ragan
who maintained law and order with the assistance
of three deputies (who earned $40 dollars a
These lawmen were responsible for keeping the
peace in the Black Hills/Badlands region of the
Dakota Territory that covered both North and
South Dakota, Idaho, and a great deal of Montana
The deputies in the Marshall's employ included:
- Jack Elam as Deputy J.D. Smith, a cynical ex-gunfighter
- Mike Greene as Deputy Vance Porter, the hot-tempered one
- Chad Everett as Deputy Del Stark, the idealistic one
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The lives of the Dakotas lawmen included these
- Deputy J.D. Smith investigates the murder
of an old loyal friend.
- Marshal Ragan helps a woman with a
troubled half-bred son.
- The deputies find prisoners treated
inhumanely as Fort Mercy
- A ruthless mine owner hires gunslingers to
control labor force.
- Marshal Ragan tracks the kidnappers of a
- Marshal Ragan confronts the man who killed
his wife years ago.
- A town posse kills a man allegedly accused
- A town sheriff runs his town like a feudal
state with him as king.
- Spoiled food poisons soldiers and the
Cavalry wants justice.
- A feud between farmers and cattlemen must
- Marshal Ragan investigates a Countess who
killed her husband.
- J.D. Smith's old gang leader tries to lure
him back to crime.
- Marshall Ragan escorts a Sioux Indian
chief to a peace signing.
- Hungry, unpaid railroad workers seek help
from Heart River.
- Deputies Del and Vance shoot a man in self
defense and then are sentenced to be hanged.
Can the Marshall find a witness?
- Marshall Ragan confronts a man who is
running farmers off their land so that
he can become wealthy
- A grieving brother takes a church pastor
hostage to get revenge on Del and DJ for
killing his two brothers.
TRIVIA NOTE: Angry fan mail pulled
the plug on this oater. The problem? During
episode No.18 “Sanctuary at Crystal Springs,”
which aired on 6 May 1963 there was a gun fight
in a church involving a man who took the
preacher hostage. When the gun smoke settled,
thousands of irate viewers voiced their concern
over violence in a house of God.
Obituaries: Larry Ward: 02/16/1985; Jack Elam:
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