The story of the Overland Stage Line, the
first transport line to run from Missouri to
Stagecoach personnel included:
- William Bendix as Frederick Thomas Kelly, an ex-cavalry
soldier/civil engineer and superintendant of the Overland Stage.
- Doug McClure as Frank "Flip" Flippen (Doug McClure), Kelly's
rambunctious young sidekick. He was raised by Indians.
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On the stagecoach's maiden run, the Kelly and
Flip men carried outlaw
Cole Younger to be hanged accompanied by a
lawmen. Unfortunately, one of the female
passengers turned out to be Belle Starr, Cole's
girlfriend who gained access as a passenger by
claiming she was ill and had to get home to her
family. And if that wasn't bad enough the
stagecoach was attached by hostile Indians.
Other adventures of the Overland Stage Line
- While transporting $20,000 in gold to
Nevada, the stage is attacked by the Sabine
Kid and his gang.
- Despite the threat of hostile Sioux
Indians, the Overland must maintain a timely
schedule or fear losing their mail franchise.
- Kelly and Flip go undercover as notorious
outlaws to identify the mastermind planning a
series of Overland Stage robberies.
- The boys compete in a race to be the first
stage into Denver so they can win a mail
franchise and a kiss from Calamity Jane.
- Kelly helps a crusty old prospector friend
named Annie Tatum travel across rugged Indian
infested terrain after she was trampled while
rounding up horses for the stage line.
- Kelly and Flip help a land swindler make
amends to a farmer he swindled. The fact that
the man is in love with the farmer's daughter
had a lot to do with his sudden change of
- Kelly, a former railroad worker, joins
forces with General Palmer to build a branch
line to Leadville that will be used to
transport President Grant. Competitors of the
railway hire an assassin to stop the Denver
and Rio Grand line from getting to Leadville
on time and thus winning a coveted franchise.
When they get down to wire, President Grant
volunteers to stoke the train's engine so they
can win the competition.
TRIVIA NOTE: This series marked the
TV acting debut of Doug McClure who later played
detective Jed Sill on CHECKMATE and Trampas on
In the 1950s, film veteran William Bendix
starred as Chester A. Riley on the sitcom THE
LIFE OF RILEY. His catchphrase was "What a
revoltin' development this is!" See also
Obituaries: William Bendix: 12/14/1964; Doug
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