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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''
Written byMartin Berkeley
Borden Chase
Fred Freiberger
B.L. James
Samuel A. Peeples
Directed byTay Garnett
Sidney Salkow
Lesley Selander
Virgil Vogel
William Witney
StarringWilliam Bendix
Doug McClure
Theme music composerJeff Alexander
Dave Kahn
Stanley Wilson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17
Executive producer(s)Nat Holt
Producer(s)Samuel A. Peeples
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 mins.
Production company(s)Overland Stage-Bilben Productions
Stagecoach Productions
Revue Studios
DistributorMCA TV
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseFebruary 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 Director Writer Original airdate
1-1 "Perilous Passage" Virgil W. Vogel Samuel A. Peeples February 7, 1960
1-2 "The O'Mara Ladies" Jerry Hopper Borden Chase February 14, 1960
1-3 "West of Boston" David Butler Fred Freiberger February 21, 1960
1-4 "The High Bridge" Harold Schuster Teleplay by: Martin Berkeley
Story by: Samuel A. Peeples
February 28, 1960
1-5 "Westbound Stage" Sidney Salkow Samuel A. Peeples March 6, 1960
1-6 "All The O'Mara Horses" Sidney Salkow Borden Chase March 13, 1960
1-7 "Daughter of the Sioux" D. Ross Lederman Teleplay by: Dwight Newton
Story by: Samuel A. Peeples
March 20, 1960
1-8 "Lawyer In Petticoats" Tay Garnett Fred Freiberger March 27, 1960
1-9 "The Vigilantes of Montana" Sidney Salkow Teleplay by: Martin Berkeley
Story by: Samuel A. Peeples
April 3, 1960
1-10 "Fire In the Hole" Tay Garnett Borden Chase April 17, 1960
1-11 "Mission Into Mexico" Tay Garnett N.B. Stone, Jr. April 24, 1960
1-12 "First Stage to Denver" Christian Nyby Teleplay by: Barry Shipman
Story by: Samuel A. Peeples
May 1, 1960
1-13 "Sour Annie" William Witney B.L. James May 8, 1960
1-14 "The Baron Comes Back" Tay Garnett B.L. James May 15, 1960
1-15 "Escort Detail" Lesley Selander B.L. James May 22, 1960
1-16 "The Reckoning" William Witney B.L. James May 29, 1960
1-17 "Most Dangerous Gentleman" William Witney Samuel A. Peeples June 5, 1960

Home mediaEdit

On February 14, 2012, Timeless Media Group released Overland Trail- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[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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