of the Yukon
|1955 - 1958
Richard Simmons starred as Sergeant William
Preston, a Canadian Mountie who maintained law
and order amidst the rugged Northwest
Territories of the 1890s with his sidekicks
Rex the horse and
Yukon, King, a malamute dog.
"Sergeant Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police with Yukon King, swiftest
and strongest lead dog breaking the trail in the relentless pursuit of
lawbreakers, in the wild days of the Yukon. Back to the days of the Gold Rush,
as Sergeant Preston, with his wonder dog, Yukon King, meets the challenge of
the Yukon. [map of Yukon Territory appears] This is the Yukon ." --
Preston, an American citizen, joined the
Mounties in 1898, so he could track Spike
Wilson, the man who killed his father. Wilson is
captured, sentenced to live imprisonment, but
then escapes from prison. Preston recaptures
Wilson (who in now sentenced to death) and
receives a promotion to Sergeant.
When Sergeant Preston captured the bad guys
he turned to his faithful canine sidekick and
said: "Well King, looks like this case is
Here are some examples of Sergeant Preston's
- Preston helps an ex-convict falsely
accused of robber
- Preston thwarts a plot to fix a dog sled
- Preston helps a couple who inherited a
bandit-filled ghost town.
- Preston encounters a desperado who steals
- Preston and the US Marines battle a gang
of gold smugglers.
- Preston investigates greedy men selling
food at exorbitant rates.
- Preston is the targeted for revenge by a
- Preston foil whaling ship sailors bent on
enslaving local Eskimos
- Preston's traveling companions turn out to
be gold thieves.
- Preston gets in a fire fight with tobacco
- Preston, injured, seeks shelter in a cabin
inhabited by madman.
- Preston helps a trapper accused of murder
prove his innocence.
- Preston helps when lumberman threaten
Indian hunting grounds.
- Preston and King track killers with the
help of a blind Husky.
- Preston trails thieves who stole a sick
- Preston and a little Indian boy track down
- Preston poses as a prospector to catch a
gang of counterfeiters.
- Preston uncover a couple of bank robbers
posing as locals.
- Preston helps a Texan victimized by a
couple of com men.
- Preston tracks crooks who waylaid a dog
sled gold shipment.
- Preston prevents claim jumpers from
stealing a boy's gold strike.
- Preston tracks down a prospector's stolen
- Preston encounters two hold up men who
threaten to reveal a man's past if he doesn't
give them shelter and medical aid.
- Preston thwarts the plot of an greedy
Englishmen to kill his young cousin and
rightful heir, so he can inherit a fortune.
- Preston helps a prospector's Collie dog
identify the murderers of his owner.
The series was filmed in the mountains of California and Colorado. Narration on
the series was performed by Fred Foy.
Sergeant Preston first appeared on network radio from 1947 to 1955. The
character was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, who also developed
The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet.
Richard Simmons began his acting career as a
stunt double for Ronald Colman in the
movie The Prisoner of Zenda (1937).
Obituaries: Richard "Dick" Simmons: 01/11/2003;
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