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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Frontier Town" - Return To Dos Rios (Aired March 5, 1949)
With hundreds of Hopalong Cassidy and other western hero film reruns airing night and day over Television, the race was on to find a more rivetting format for the great American western. Jeff Chandler opens the series billed as 'Tex' Chandler, in the role of Chad Remington. He acquires a sidekick in Episode #1: a garrulous quasi-scoundrel by the name of Cherokee O'Bannon, a man of obvious mixed breeding--and morals. Cherokee O'Bannon is portrayed by Wade Crosby in a somewhat over the top rendition of W.C. Fields. The superb mood music is provided by no less than Ivan Ditmars and Bob Mitchell, of Mitchell Boy Choir fame.
March 5, 1949. Program #1. "Return To Dos Rios" - Broadcasters Program Syndicate/Bruce Eells and Associates syndication. Music fill for local commercial insert. Chad Remington is a two-fisted lawyer in the town of Dos Rios. His sidekick, Cherokee O'Bannon (Wade Crosby), speaks in a W. C. Fields dialect. Either Bob Mitchell or Ivan Ditmars at the organ. Chad gets revenge on his father's killers and clears the name of the innocent Indian who was lynched for the crime. The date above and the dates for the other programs in this series are correct for KQW, San Francisco. This might have been the first time the series, which started to be recorded in 1948, was broadcast. Becasue of the nature of radio syndication, the programs were heard on many stations for years afterwards. Jeff Chandler (billed as "Tex Chandler" during the series), Wade Crosby, Bob Mitchell (organist), Bill Forman (announcer), Paul Franklin (writer, director), Bruce Eells (producer). 30:33. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.