Overland Telegraph 1951 – Tim Holt.

This is another of the good B Westerns that Tim Holt did for RKO between 1940 and 1952, with a pause during World War Two for Air Force service.

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Directed by Lesley Selander
Produced by Herman Schlom
CAST: Tim Holt (Tim Holt), Richard Martin (Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamonte Rafferty), Gail Davis (Terry Muldoon), Hugh Beaumont (Brad Roberts), Mari Blanchard (Stella), George Nader (Paul Manning) Robert J. Wilke (Bellew), Cliff Clark (Terence Muldoon), Russell Hicks (Colonel Marvin), Robert Bray (Steve), Fred Graham (Joe).

 

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Overland Telegraph (1951) is one of best Tim Holt pictures and having Gail Davis on hand is a real asset, displaying a bit of the riding and shooting skills that would make her such a great Annie Oakley on TV. The Iverson Ranch – a favourite film location for Hollywood films -is featured quite a bit, too.

b70-5266Gail Davis: “It was a good part for the girl, not just one of those smile into the sunset pictures. Tim was really cute, he had a friendly personality but was a bit of a kidder. So was Dick Martin, but both were very conscientious about their pictures.”*

 Gail Davis – Below

 (1925-1997) – Born in Little Rock, Gail Davis was known to millions as television’s Annie Oakley in the 1950s. The series ran on ABC from 1955 through 1958 and was seen in reruns well into the 1960s. It was the first western to star a woman. The show was created for Davis by “singing cowboy” Gene Autry, who she had previously appeared with in several westerns. After the series ended, Davis continued to make personal appearances with Autry. She also appeared in TV specials, including “Wide, Wide World: The Western,” in 1958, a “Bob Hope Special” in 1959 and “The Andy Griffith Show: The Perfect Female,” in 1961.

Of course, director Lesley Selander and editor Samuel Beetley deserve a lot of the credit. They keep things moving at such a pace that the hour’s over before you know it.

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Overland Telegraph is part of Warner Archive’s fourth volume of the Tim Holt Western Classics Collection.

The Tim Holt Western Classics Collection Vol. 4  contains nine films, consisting of seven pre-WWII titles and two from the postwar era.

The movies in the set are WAGON TRAIN (1940), THE FARGO KID (1940), CYCLONE ON HORSEBACK (1941), RIDING THE WIND (1942), LAND OF THE OPEN RANGE (1942), THUNDERING HOOFS (1942), RED RIVER ROBIN HOOD (1942), OVERLAND TELEGRAPH (1951), and TRAIL GUIDE (1952).

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