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Overland Trail (TV series)

Overland Trail is an American Western series starring William Bendix and Doug McClure which aired on NBC from February 7 to June 6, 1960.

Overland Trail
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William Bendix, guest star Lynn Bari and Doug McClure, 1960.
Also known as ''Overland Stage''
Genre Western
Written by Martin Berkeley
Borden Chase
Fred Freiberger
B.L. James
Samuel A. Peeples
Directed by Tay Garnett
Sidney Salkow
Lesley Selander
Virgil Vogel
William Witney
Starring William Bendix
Doug McClure
Theme music composer Jeff Alexander
Dave Kahn
Stanley Wilson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Executive producer(s) Nat Holt
Producer(s) Samuel A. Peeples
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 mins.
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release February 7 (1960-02-07) – July 2, 1960 (1960-07-02)



Bendix portrayed Frederick Thomas "Fred" Kelly, fictitious superintendent of the Overland Stage Company. McClure appeared as Frank "Flip" Flippen, Bendix's young associate.[1]

Overland Trail aired opposite Lassie and Dennis the Menace on CBS and Walt Disney Presents and Maverick on ABC. Overland Trail left the air on September 11, 1960, after summer rebroadcasts. It was replaced by the last season of NBC's Shirley Temple's Storybook.[2]

Notable guest starsEdit


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Perilous Passage" February 7, 1960
1-2 "The O'Mara Ladies" February 14, 1960
1-3 "West of Boston" February 21, 1960
1-4 "The High Bridge" February 28, 1960
1-5 "Westbound Stage" March 6, 1960
1-6 "All The O'Mara Horses" March 13, 1960
1-7 "Daughter of the Sioux" March 20, 1960
1-8 "Lawyer In Petticoats" March 27, 1960
1-9 "The Vigilantes of Montana" April 3, 1960
1-10 "Fire In the Hole" April 17, 1960
1-11 "Mission Into Mexico" April 24, 1960
1-12 "First Stage to Denver" May 1, 1960
1-13 "Sour Annie" May 8, 1960
1-14 "The Baron Comes Back" May 15, 1960
1-15 "Escort Detail" May 22, 1960
1-16 "The Reckoning" May 29, 1960
1-17 "Most Dangerous Gentleman" June 5, 1960

DVD releaseEdit

On February 14, 2012, Timeless Media Group released Overland Trail- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[3]


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television" New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 634
  2. ^ McNeil, Total Television, appendix
  3. ^ Lamber, David (November 14, 2011). "Overland Trail - 'The Complete Series' Announced: Date, Cost, Details and Packaging". Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2013.

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