The Man from Blackhawk

The Man From Blackhawk is a Western television series about an insurance investigator starring Robert Rockwell that aired on ABC from October 9, 1959 until September 9, 1960. The series was created by Frank Barron and produced by Herb Meadow.[1]

The Man from Blackhawk
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Robert Rockwell as Sam Logan
GenreWestern
Created byFrank Barron
StarringRobert Rockwell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes37
Production
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesStuart-Oliver Productions
Screen Gems
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 9, 1959 (1959-10-09) –
September 9, 1960 (1960-09-09)

OverviewEdit

In The Man From Blackhawk, Rockwell plays Sam Logan, an insurance investigator from the Blackhawk Insurance Company.[1] Logan scours the West investigating claims, verifying their accuracy, and seeking to root out fraud and dishonesty. Unlike most of his Western counterparts, Logan wears a suit and tie instead of the usual cowboy costume. He is also more inclined to use his fists than a gun.

Apparently designed to take advantage of the popularity of private eye television series,[according to whom?] such as Richard Diamond, Private Detective and 77 Sunset Strip, The Man From Blackhawk was a Screen Gems production.[1]

Beverly Garland is cast as Sarah Marshall, with Richard Rust as George Blackburn, in "Logan's Policy", the series premiere (October 9, 1959). Ruta Lee portrays Ginnie Thompson, a young woman due to collect her murdered father's life insurance policy, in "The Legacy" (December 25, 1959).[2][unreliable source?] Not all episodes are set in the American West. Tommy Rettig and Amanda Randolph, for instance, are cast as Pierre and Auntie Cotton, respectively, in "The Ghost of Lafitte" (1960), set in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Robert Foulk as Hoag Lafitte. Gregg Palmer and Walter Burke are cast as Gil Harrison and Tom Abbott, respectively, in "The Harpoon Story" (1960), set in coastal New England. Nita Talbot appears in the episode "In His Steps" (1960), set in the Bowery district of New York City. Child actor Robert Eyer portrays Davey in "The Montreal Story" (1960).[2]

Other guest stars include:

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Logan's Policy"TBATBAOctober 9, 1959 (1959-10-09)
2"The Trouble with Tolliver"TBATBAOctober 16, 1959 (1959-10-16)
3"The New Semaria Story"TBATBAOctober 23, 1959 (1959-10-23)
4"The Man Who Stole Happiness"TBATBAOctober 30, 1959 (1959-10-30)
5"The Gypsy Story"TBATBANovember 6, 1959 (1959-11-06)
6"Station Six"John BrahmCalvin ClementsNovember 13, 1959 (1959-11-13)
7"Vendetta for the Lovelorn"TBATBANovember 20, 1959 (1959-11-20)
8"The Winthrop Woman"TBATBANovember 27, 1959 (1959-11-27)
9"Contraband Cargo"TBATBADecember 4, 1959 (1959-12-04)
10"A Matter of Conscience"TBATBADecember 11, 1959 (1959-12-11)
11"Death is the Best Policy"TBATBADecember 18, 1959 (1959-12-18)
12"The Legacy"TBATBADecember 25, 1959 (1959-12-25)
13"The Biggest Legend"TBATBAJanuary 1, 1960 (1960-01-01)
14"Death at Noon"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1960 (1960-01-08)
15"The Savage"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1960 (1960-01-15)
16"The Hundred Thousand Dollar Policy"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1960 (1960-01-22)
17"Portrait of Cynthia"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1960 (1960-01-29)
18"El Patron"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1960 (1960-02-05)
19"Drawing Account"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1960 (1960-02-12)
20"The Ghost of Lafitte"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1960 (1960-02-26)
21"Execution Day"TBATBAMarch 4, 1960 (1960-03-04)
22"Destination Death"TBATBAMarch 11, 1960 (1960-03-11)
23"Diamond Cut Diamond"TBATBAMarch 18, 1960 (1960-03-18)
24"Death by Northwest"TBATBAMarch 25, 1960 (1960-03-25)
25"The Last Days of Jessie Turnbull"TBATBAApril 1, 1960 (1960-04-01)
26"The Search for Cape Borden"TBATBAApril 15, 1960 (1960-04-15)
27"The Sons of Don Antonio"TBATBAApril 22, 1960 (1960-04-22)
28"Incident at Tupelo"TBATBAApril 29, 1960 (1960-04-29)
29"The Harpoon Story"TBATBAMay 6, 1960 (1960-05-06)
30"The Montreal Story"TBATBAMay 13, 1960 (1960-05-13)
31"In His Steps"TBATBAMay 20, 1960 (1960-05-20)
32"Trial by Combat"TBATBAMay 27, 1960 (1960-05-27)
33"The Man Who Wanted Everything"TBATBAJune 3, 1960 (1960-06-03)
34TBATBATBAJune 10, 1960 (1960-06-10)
35"The Lady in Yellow"TBATBAJune 17, 1960 (1960-06-17)
36"Gold is Where You Find It"TBATBAJune 24, 1960 (1960-06-24)
37"Remember Me Not"TBATBASeptember 9, 1960 (1960-09-09)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 364. ISBN 9781476662503. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "The Man from Blackhawk". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved February 18, 2013.

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