|The Range Rider
|1951 - 1952
Jock Mahoney starred
as the Range Rider, a frontier
hero who roamed the west of the 1800s and
righted wrongs with the
aid of his teenage sidekick, Dick West (Dick Jones) known
as "The All American Boy."
Range Rider (that's all they called him) was
an experienced gunfighter and frontiersman who
wore a buckskin-fringed jacket and a two-pistol
holster. Cool under fire, Range Rider readily
challenged those villains who threatened the
good citizens of the territory.
Dick West, the Range Rider's young and often
impetuous sidekick, was an expert rider and
gunshot. He could do trick shots from his saddle
as he galloped down the trail and could even
slide under his horse (Lucky) while it
was in mid-stride and get off a quick shot that
was sure to hit the bullseye.
||"Home, home on the range, where
the deer and the antelope play"
|| "And who could be more at
home on the range than THE RANGE RIDER with his thrilling
adventures of the great outdoors; his exciting experiences
rivaling those of Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill,
and other pioneers of this wonderful country of ours .... and
Dick West, All-American Boy."
Here are some of the Range Riders' adventures:
- RR and Dick are mistaken for freight robbing outlaws.
- RR poses as a gunman to infiltrate a gang so he can discover
whose behind a murder and a forged ranch deed.
- RR and Dick negotiate a feud involving Pony Express officials
and citizens who support a stagecoach line.
- RR and Dick uncover the mystery of a Spanish legend and help a
sheriff bring a gang of outlaws to justice.
- RR and Dick help squatters fight land grabbing outlaws.
- Dick is accused of killing his Uncle Homer and the Range Rider
must prove his sidekick innocent.
- RR and Dick trail a murderous counterfeiter.
- RR And Dick find a murdered man and unconscious girl on the
road and set out to find the men who rustled their horses.
- RR encounters his outlaw twin brother who must decide whether
to save RR's life or support his outlaw cronies.
- RR and Dick track a murderous masked bandit.
- RR seeks to capture Jimmy the Kid (who looks like Dick West)
and prove that his sidekick is innocent of a crime.
- RR and Dick help a Navajo doctor and his people who are being
forced off their ancestral lands by outlaws.
- RR and Dick team up with the Canadian Mounties to track down a
gang of outlaws who murdered a trapper.
- An outlaw impersonates RR to steal a gold shipment.
- RR and Dick search for buried Aztec treasure.
- RR and Dick assist a Wells Fargo agent identify an outlaw
responsible for robbing gold shipment from a mine.
- RR and Dick help a woman claim her rightful inheritance.
- RR and Dick stop outlaws from stealing a silver shipments.
- RR and Dick stop an Indian uprising by exposing a crooked
Indian agent who jailed a Cherokee chief for horse theft.
- RR and Dick track a killer called "The Black Terror."
- RR and Dick rescue a doctor kidnapped by outlaws.
- RR and Dick hunt masked bandits who want to stop the
construction of a new telegraph line.
- RR and Dick help a newly widowed woman search for the killer
of her late husband, a newspaper editor.
- The Range Rider tracks down three outlaws dressed as Cavalry
soldiers who stole his horse (Rawhide).
- RR and Dick encounter a beautiful femme fatale who helps a
band of outlaws elude capture.
TRIVIA NOTE: The series
was produced by Gene Autry's Flying A
Productions. The theme song for the program is
"Home on the Range."
The state of Kansas adopted this popular
frontier anthem as its official state song
on June 30, 1947.
Mahoney, a veteran movie actor and stuntman, was the step-father of actress Sally Field
(of Gidget and Flying Nun fame).
Bill, Jr." and "Yancy
Obituaries: Jock Mahoney: 12/14/1989;
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