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Man Without a Gun is an American western television series produced by 20th Century Fox Television and presented on the NTA Film Network and in first-run syndication in the United States from 1957 to 1959. Set in the town of Yellowstone near Yellowstone National Park in the then Dakota Territory during the 1870s, the program starred Rex Reason as newspaper editor Adam MacLean, who brought miscreants to justice without the use of violence or gunplay but through his Yellowstone Sentinel. The co-star was Mort Mills, as Marshal Frank Tallman, who intervened when the "pen" proved not to be "mightier than the sword".[1]Harry Harvey, Sr., was cast in twenty-one episodes as Yellowstone Mayor George Dixon.

Man Without a Gun
StarringRex Reason
Mort Mills
Harry Harvey, Sr.
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Running time30 minutes
Original networkNTA Film Network (Syndicated)
Picture formatBlack and white
Original releaseNovember 6, 1957 (1957-11-06) –
September 10, 1959 (1959-09-10)

The program is considered to have been unique because it showcased MacLean's moral ethics and common sense to bring outlaws to justice. The show was also used as a schoolroom to teach the youngsters of the 1950s about decency and the differences between right and wrong.[2]

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After Man Without a Gun, Rex Reason was again cast as a reporter, Scott Norris, on ABC's crime drama, The Roaring Twenties, with co-stars Dorothy Provine (who had guest-starred on Man Without a Gun), John Dehner, Donald May, Mike Road, and Gary Vinson. Mort Mills later appeared as a semi-regular on NBC's most successful western, Bonanza.


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 515
  2. ^ "Man Without a Gun". Retrieved February 8, 2009.
  3. ^ "Man Without a Gun episode list". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 8, 2009.

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