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Tales of the Texas Rangers Trailer (1955)

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This short trailer promotes the 1950s television program, “Tales of the Texas Rangers,” where Rangers Jace Pearson and Clay Morgan face adventures every week. The trailer includes a word from Ranger Jace Pearson inviting viewers to watch the show.
“Tales of the Texas Rangers” was a western drama that began as a radio program, running from 1950-52, then was resurrected as a CBS television series from 1955-58. Both the radio and television show were created and produced by Stacy Keach, Sr., who would later star on “Get Smart.” The show starred Willard Parker and Harry Lauter as Rangers Jace Pearson and Clay Morgan, who, with the help of their trusty horses, investigate crimes, chase criminals, and always end up in a shootout. The program was a police procedural but deviated from other television shows by jumping around in time. Some episodes were set in the mid to late 1800s of  traditional western dramas, and others took place in the modern-day 1950s, effectively telling the history of the Texas Rangers. No matter the era, Pearson and Morgan always got the bad guy. Veteran Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas, who is said to have killed 31 men during his three decade career as a Texas Ranger, was the consultant for the television series.