|Stories of the Century
Western anthology starring Jim Davis as Matt Clark, a detective for the Southwestern
Railroad who tracked down notorious
frontier outlaws over a period of forty years
with the assistance of his lovely
female helpers Frankie Adams (Mary Castle) and
later Margaret "Jonesy" Jones (Kristine Miller)
who traveled ahead to a town or region and
gathered intelligence before Matt came on the
The outlaws and bandits sought by Matt and his sidekicks included:
- Marie Windsor as Belle Starr.
- Richard Jaeckel as Billy the Kid.
- Arthur Space as Black Bart.
- Jack Elam as Black Jack Ketchum.
- Joe Sawyer as Butch Cassidy.
- Jean Parker as Cattle Kate, a cattle rustler.
- Myron Healey as Dalton brother, Bob
- Robert Bray as Dalton brother, Emmett
- Fess Parker as Dalton brother, Grat
- John Mooney as Dalton brother, Bill
- Steve Brodie as Harry Tracy, a psycho killer.
- Greg Palmer as Jack Slade.
- Richard Travis as James brother, Frank.
- Lee Van Cleef as James brother, Jesse.
- Richard Webb as John Wesley Hardin.
- Donald Curtis as Johnny Ringo.
- Rick Jason as Juaquin Murietta, a Mexican bandit.
- Veda Ann Borg as Kate Bender.
- Gloria Winters as Little Britches.
- Don Haggerty as Sam Bass.
- Slim Pickens as The Smiling Kid.
- George Wallace as Younger brother, Cole.
- Sheb Wooley as Younger brother, Jim.
- Gregory Walcott as Younger brother, John.
Matt's career spanned from the 1860s to the early 1900s. In one
of his earlier adventures, Matt spied for the Union army
in 1863 to investigate suspicions that Quantrill (Bruce Bennett),
the guerilla fighter was linked to an assassination plan of
Then, in 1903, Matt (who appears to look the same as he did in
the 1860s) was on the trail of Tom Horn (Louis Jean Heydt), a once
famous detective who turned killer during the Wyoming range wars.
Throughout his career, Matt held one consistent thought about
those he brought to justice: "I don't care how right a man is. As
soon as he picks up a gun, he's wrong from the
TRIVIA NOTE: Based on official
newspaper stories and records of the times,
the 39-episode series was the first western to
win an Emmy.
(best western or adventures series for 1954). The series was narrated by
The program's original title was "Outlaws Of The
Century". It was later recycled for syndication
as THE FAST GUNS and
TALES OF THE WEST in reruns.
Many of the action sequences on the show were derived from
footage taken from Republic Films archives.
Jim Davis played a railroad detective named Bill
Cameron in the feature film The Last
Stagecoach West (1957).
Obituaries: Jim Davis: 04/26/1981; Mary Castle:
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