|1958 - 1959
Set in the late1780s during the French and
Indian Wars, Keith Larsen starred as Major Robert Rogers, the famed explorer
and Indian fighter who
searched for the Northwest Passage, a water
route thought to link the eastern and western
portions of North America.
During their quest to find the Northwest
Passage Rogers and his men encounter all sorts
of adventures, including hostile Huron Indian
warriors; French soldiers who, at one point, placed
Rogers and his men in a prison camp; dirty
dealing fur traders; a tavern owner illegally
selling women as wives; a tainted military
payroll filled with counterfeit money; soldiers
who desert their posts; and escaped prisoners
infected with smallpox.
Friends and colleagues of Major Rogers
- Buddy Ebsen as Sergeant Hunk
Mariner, a skilled Indian fighter and Roger's
- Don Burnett as Ensign Langdon
Towne, a Harvard graduate and mapmaker who was
new to the ways of the woods.
- Philip Tonge as General Amherst, a
British officer with whom Rogers communicated
his trials and tribulations.
Indians encountered included:
- Lisa Gaye as Natula, an Indian
- Larry Chance as Chief Black Wolf
- Joseph Vitale as Chief Akacita
- Rod Dana as Kisheewa
- X Brands as Indian Brave
The series was based on the motion picture
Northwest Passage (1940) starring Spence
Tracy as Major Rogers, Walter Brennan as Hunk
Mariner and Robert Young as Langdon Towne.
Obituaries: Keith Larsen: 12/13/2006; Buddy Ebsen:
07/06/2003; Philip Tonge: 01/28/1959; Charles Horvath:
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