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The Tales of the Texas Rangers

With the gritty police realism of Dragnet and the grown-up Western fusion of pragmatism and romance heard on Gunsmoke, The Tales of the Texas Rangers had everything it needed to be a hit.

92 old time radio show recordings
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46 Audio CDs


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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Lone Wolf with Car
Police procedural with western flavor (1950 - 1952)

Tales of the Texas Rangers, starring Joel McCrea as Ranger Pearson! Texas
more than 260,000 square miles! And the 50 men who make up the most
famous and oldest law enforcement body in North America!

Though, the popularity of television was imminent, Westerns on both radio and television remained popular. Joel MacRae Bubble Gum CardWesterns made in the 1940's and 1950's idealistically focused on upholding American laws and patriotism, whereas the Westerns of the 1960's and 1970's themes related to individuality and focusing on a rebellious anti-hero often opposed to authority. Whereas most western-themed shows took place between the time period between Battle of the Alamo 1836 and Mexican Revolution 1920, Tales of the Texas Rangers was unique in its contemporary setting with Western-style tradition and ideals.

Stephen F. Austin unofficially created the formation of the Texas Rangers in 1823 to protect the interests of settlers. The Rangers were originally paid in land and served as scouts, guides, detectives, and small armed forces. President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston believed that relationships with the Native Americans could be peacefully negotiated; however the Texas Rangers was constitutionally created as a military force for the short lived Republic and later the State of Texas.

Their role in Texas History was especially significant during the Mexican Revolution in when ugly cross-border attacks were prominent. During the Great Depression, their number dwindled to 45 due to lack of fundingadditionally, the existing rangers had to find their own horses.Texas Rangers are an important part of the mythology of the Wild West and today there are still over 100 Rangers actively serving the State of Texas.

Like Dragnet, the Tales of the Texas Rangers old time radio show was a procedural drama based on actual modern Texas Rangers. Star Joel McCrea lead as "Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the forensic science to track and identify the criminals. Joel McCrea was not only a popular Hollywood star, but he also was a proficient horseman as he worked as a ranch hand as a teen. Though most of the criminals used automobiles, the plot would often necessitate Pearson riding his faithful horse, Charcoal. The clop, clop, clop, of sound effects would indicate Charcoal much awaited gallop.

Producer-director Stacy Keach traveled to Texas and worked with Texas Rangers Captain Manuel "Lone Wolf Gonzaullas. Gonzaullas as the served as the show's advisor giving the drama a unmistaken realism. The slant would be modern: the cases would span the time from ca. 1928-48. The show is often called a Westerns version of Dragnet.

Sponsored by Wheaties, the old time radio show aired on between July 8, 1950 to September 14, 1952. The popular Television Show, mainly targeted at children, ran between 1955 and 1957.

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    92 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 45 hours, 45 min
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    Volume 1 - 44 shows - total playtime 21 hours 56 minutes
    MP3 CD
    Volume 1: $5.00
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    1. TXR 500419 Just A Number (Audition).mp3
    2. TXR 500715 White Elephant.mp3
    3. TXR 500722 Apache Peak.mp3
    4. TXR 500729 Trigger Man.mp3
    5. TXR 500805 Quick Silver.mp3
    6. TXR 500812 Broken Spur.mp3
    7. TXR 500819 Fool's Gold.mp3
    8. TXR 500826 Open Range.mp3
    9. TXR 500902 Play For Keeps.mp3
    10. TXR 500909 Dear Or Alive.mp3
    11. TXR 500916 Candy Man.mp3
    12. TXR 500923 Open Shut.mp3
    13. TXR 500930 CleanUp.mp3
    14. TXR 501008 Living Death.mp3
    15. TXR 501015 Dead GiveAWay.mp3
    16. TXR 501029 Soft Touch.mp3
    17. TXR 501105 White Suit.mp3
    18. TXR 501112 Blood Relative.mp3
    19. TXR 501126 Hanging By A Thread.mp3
    20. TXR 501203 Room 114.mp3
    21. TXR 501210 Lucky Dollar.mp3
    22. TXR 501217 Cactus Pear.mp3
    23. TXR 501224 Christmas Presents.mp3
    24. TXR 501231 The Devil's Share.mp3
    25. TXR 510107 Dead Head Freight.mp3
    26. TXR 510114 Death In The Cards.mp3
    27. TXR 510121 Blood Harvest.mp3
    28. TXR 510204 Logger's Larceny.mp3
    29. TXR 510211 The Hatchet.mp3
    30. TXR 510218 Sweet Revenge.mp3
    31. TXR 510225 The Trap.mp3
    32. TXR 510311 Blind Justice.mp3
    33. TXR 510318 Death By Adoption.mp3
    34. TXR 510325 Breakdown.mp3
    35. TXR 510401 Pressure.mp3
    36. TXR 510408 Bad Blood.mp3
    37. TXR 510415 Conspiracy.mp3
    38. TXR 510422 Canned Death.mp3
    39. TXR 510506 No Living Witness.mp3
    40. TXR 510513 Paid In Full.mp3
    41. TXR 510520 Square Dance.mp3
    42. TXR 510527 Joy Ride.mp3
    43. TXR 510930 Death Shaft.mp3
    44. TXR 511007 Wheelchair Killing.mp3
    Volume 2 - 48 shows - total playtime 23 hours 49 minutes
    MP3 CD
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    1. TXR 511014 PLAY FOR KEEPS.mp3
    2. TXR 511021 FUGITIVE'S TRAIL.MP3
    3. TXR 511028 WHITE ELEPHANT.MP3
    4. TXR 511104 HELPING HAND.MP3
    5. TXR 511111 OPEN AND SHUT.MP3
    6. TXR 511118 WILD CROP.MP3
    7. TXR 511125 THE BLOWOFF.MP3
    8. TXR 511202 DEAD GIVEAWAY.MP3
    9. TXR 511209 DEATH PLANT.MP3
    10. TXR 511216 PICKUP.MP3
    11. TXR 511223 CHRISTMAS PAYOFF.MP3
    12. TXR 511230 KILLER'S CROP.MP3
    13. TXR 520106 BIRDS OF A FEATHER.MP3
    14. TXR 520113 CLIP JOB.MP3
    15. TXR 520120 BLOOF TRAIL.MP3
    16. TXR 520127 NIGHT CHASE.MP3
    17. TXR 520203 THE RUBOUT.MP3
    18. TXR 520210 HITCHIKER.MP3
    19. TXR 520217 COLD BLOOD.MP3
    20. TXR 520224 BRIGHT BOY.MP3
    21. TXR 520302 THE ICEMAN.MP3
    22. TXR 520309 DREAM FARM.MP3
    23. TXR 520316 PRELUDE TO FELONY.MP3
    24. TXR 520330 NIGHT HAWK.MP3
    25. TXR 520406 TROOP TRAIN.MP3
    26. TXR 520413 UNCERTAIN DEATH.MP3
    27. TXR 520420 ILLUSION.MP3
    28. TXR 520427 ADDRESS UNKNOWN.MP3
    29. TXR 520504 LITTLE SISTER.MP3
    30. TXR 520511 UNLEASHED FURY.MP3
    31. TXR 520518 SMART KILL.MP3
    32. TXR 520525 JAILBIRD.MP3
    33. TXR 520601 SELLOUT.MP3
    34. TXR 520608 ILLEGAL ENTRY.MP3
    35. TXR 520615 TRAVESTY.MP3
    36. TXR 520622 KNOCKOUT.MP3
    37. TXR 520629 EXCON.MP3
    38. TXR 520706 THE BOOMERANG.MP3
    39. TXR 520713 FINGER MAN.MP3
    40. TXR 520720 ROUND TRIP.MP3
    41. TXR 520727 STICKUP.MP3
    42. TXR 520803 DOUBLE EDGE.MP3
    43. TXR 520810 LAST STOP.MP3
    44. TXR 520817 COVERUP.MP3
    45. TXR 520824 THREE VICTIMS.MP3
    46. TXR 520831 MISPLACED PERSON.MP3
    47. TXR 520907 ALIBI HQ.MP3
    48. TXR 520914 DRIVEIN (LAST SHOW).MP3
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    92 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 45 hours, 45 min
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    Volume 1 - 44 shows - total playtime 21 hours 56 minutes
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    1. TXR 500419 Just A Number (Audition).mp3
    2. TXR 500715 White Elephant.mp3
    3. TXR 500722 Apache Peak.mp3
    4. TXR 500729 Trigger Man.mp3
    5. TXR 500805 Quick Silver.mp3
    6. TXR 500812 Broken Spur.mp3
    7. TXR 500819 Fool's Gold.mp3
    8. TXR 500826 Open Range.mp3
    9. TXR 500902 Play For Keeps.mp3
    10. TXR 500909 Dear Or Alive.mp3
    11. TXR 500916 Candy Man.mp3
    12. TXR 500923 Open Shut.mp3
    13. TXR 500930 CleanUp.mp3
    14. TXR 501008 Living Death.mp3
    15. TXR 501015 Dead GiveAWay.mp3
    16. TXR 501029 Soft Touch.mp3
    17. TXR 501105 White Suit.mp3
    18. TXR 501112 Blood Relative.mp3
    19. TXR 501126 Hanging By A Thread.mp3
    20. TXR 501203 Room 114.mp3
    21. TXR 501210 Lucky Dollar.mp3
    22. TXR 501217 Cactus Pear.mp3
    23. TXR 501224 Christmas Presents.mp3
    24. TXR 501231 The Devil's Share.mp3
    25. TXR 510107 Dead Head Freight.mp3
    26. TXR 510114 Death In The Cards.mp3
    27. TXR 510121 Blood Harvest.mp3
    28. TXR 510204 Logger's Larceny.mp3
    29. TXR 510211 The Hatchet.mp3
    30. TXR 510218 Sweet Revenge.mp3
    31. TXR 510225 The Trap.mp3
    32. TXR 510311 Blind Justice.mp3
    33. TXR 510318 Death By Adoption.mp3
    34. TXR 510325 Breakdown.mp3
    35. TXR 510401 Pressure.mp3
    36. TXR 510408 Bad Blood.mp3
    37. TXR 510415 Conspiracy.mp3
    38. TXR 510422 Canned Death.mp3
    39. TXR 510506 No Living Witness.mp3
    40. TXR 510513 Paid In Full.mp3
    41. TXR 510520 Square Dance.mp3
    42. TXR 510527 Joy Ride.mp3
    43. TXR 510930 Death Shaft.mp3
    44. TXR 511007 Wheelchair Killing.mp3
    Volume 2 - 48 shows - total playtime 23 hours 49 minutes
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    1. TXR 511014 PLAY FOR KEEPS.mp3
    2. TXR 511021 FUGITIVE'S TRAIL.MP3
    3. TXR 511028 WHITE ELEPHANT.MP3
    4. TXR 511104 HELPING HAND.MP3
    5. TXR 511111 OPEN AND SHUT.MP3
    6. TXR 511118 WILD CROP.MP3
    7. TXR 511125 THE BLOWOFF.MP3
    8. TXR 511202 DEAD GIVEAWAY.MP3
    9. TXR 511209 DEATH PLANT.MP3
    10. TXR 511216 PICKUP.MP3
    11. TXR 511223 CHRISTMAS PAYOFF.MP3
    12. TXR 511230 KILLER'S CROP.MP3
    13. TXR 520106 BIRDS OF A FEATHER.MP3
    14. TXR 520113 CLIP JOB.MP3
    15. TXR 520120 BLOOF TRAIL.MP3
    16. TXR 520127 NIGHT CHASE.MP3
    17. TXR 520203 THE RUBOUT.MP3
    18. TXR 520210 HITCHIKER.MP3
    19. TXR 520217 COLD BLOOD.MP3
    20. TXR 520224 BRIGHT BOY.MP3
    21. TXR 520302 THE ICEMAN.MP3
    22. TXR 520309 DREAM FARM.MP3
    23. TXR 520316 PRELUDE TO FELONY.MP3
    24. TXR 520330 NIGHT HAWK.MP3
    25. TXR 520406 TROOP TRAIN.MP3
    26. TXR 520413 UNCERTAIN DEATH.MP3
    27. TXR 520420 ILLUSION.MP3
    28. TXR 520427 ADDRESS UNKNOWN.MP3
    29. TXR 520504 LITTLE SISTER.MP3
    30. TXR 520511 UNLEASHED FURY.MP3
    31. TXR 520518 SMART KILL.MP3
    32. TXR 520525 JAILBIRD.MP3
    33. TXR 520601 SELLOUT.MP3
    34. TXR 520608 ILLEGAL ENTRY.MP3
    35. TXR 520615 TRAVESTY.MP3
    36. TXR 520622 KNOCKOUT.MP3
    37. TXR 520629 EXCON.MP3
    38. TXR 520706 THE BOOMERANG.MP3
    39. TXR 520713 FINGER MAN.MP3
    40. TXR 520720 ROUND TRIP.MP3
    41. TXR 520727 STICKUP.MP3
    42. TXR 520803 DOUBLE EDGE.MP3
    43. TXR 520810 LAST STOP.MP3
    44. TXR 520817 COVERUP.MP3
    45. TXR 520824 THREE VICTIMS.MP3
    46. TXR 520831 MISPLACED PERSON.MP3
    47. TXR 520907 ALIBI HQ.MP3
    48. TXR 520914 DRIVEIN (LAST SHOW).MP3
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    92 recordings on 46 Audio CDs
    total playtime 45 hours, 45 min

    Disc A001

    1. TXR 500419 Just A Number (Audition)
    2. TXR 500715 White Elephant

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    Disc A002

    1. TXR 500722 Apache Peak
    2. TXR 500729 Trigger Man

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    Disc A003

    1. TXR 500805 Quick Silver
    2. TXR 500812 Broken Spur

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    Disc A004

    1. TXR 500819 Fool's Gold
    2. TXR 500826 Open Range

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    Disc A005

    1. TXR 500902 Play For Keeps
    2. TXR 500909 Dear Or Alive

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    Disc A006

    1. TXR 500916 Candy Man
    2. TXR 500923 Open Shut

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    Disc A007

    1. TXR 500930 CleanUp
    2. TXR 501008 Living Death

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    Disc A008

    1. TXR 501015 Dead GiveAWay
    2. TXR 501029 Soft Touch

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    Disc A009

    1. TXR 501105 White Suit
    2. TXR 501112 Blood Relative

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    Disc A010

    1. TXR 501126 Hanging By A Thread
    2. TXR 501203 Room 114

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    Disc A011

    1. TXR 501210 Lucky Dollar
    2. TXR 501217 Cactus Pear

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    Disc A012

    1. TXR 501224 Christmas Presents
    2. TXR 501231 The Devil's Share

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    Disc A013

    1. TXR 510107 Dead Head Freight
    2. TXR 510114 Death In The Cards

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    Disc A014

    1. TXR 510121 Blood Harvest
    2. TXR 510204 Logger's Larceny

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    Disc A015

    1. TXR 510211 The Hatchet
    2. TXR 510218 Sweet Revenge

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    Disc A016

    1. TXR 510225 The Trap
    2. TXR 510311 Blind Justice

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    Disc A017

    1. TXR 510318 Death By Adoption
    2. TXR 510325 Breakdown

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    Disc A018

    1. TXR 510401 Pressure
    2. TXR 510408 Bad Blood

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    Disc A019

    1. TXR 510415 Conspiracy
    2. TXR 510422 Canned Death

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    Disc A020

    1. TXR 510506 No Living Witness
    2. TXR 510513 Paid In Full

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    Disc A021

    1. TXR 510520 Square Dance
    2. TXR 510527 Joy Ride

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    Disc A022

    1. TXR 510930 Death Shaft
    2. TXR 511007 Wheelchair Killing

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    Disc A023

    1. TXR 511014 PLAY FOR KEEPS
    2. TXR 511021 FUGITIVE'S TRAIL

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    Disc A024

    1. TXR 511028 WHITE ELEPHANT
    2. TXR 511104 HELPING HAND

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    Disc A025

    1. TXR 511111 OPEN AND SHUT
    2. TXR 511118 WILD CROP

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    Disc A026

    1. TXR 511125 THE BLOWOFF
    2. TXR 511202 DEAD GIVEAWAY

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    Disc A027

    1. TXR 511209 DEATH PLANT
    2. TXR 511216 PICKUP

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    Disc A028

    1. TXR 511223 CHRISTMAS PAYOFF
    2. TXR 511230 KILLER'S CROP

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    Disc A029

    1. TXR 520106 BIRDS OF A FEATHER
    2. TXR 520113 CLIP JOB

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    Disc A030

    1. TXR 520120 BLOOF TRAIL
    2. TXR 520127 NIGHT CHASE

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    Disc A031

    1. TXR 520203 THE RUBOUT
    2. TXR 520210 HITCHIKER

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    Disc A032

    1. TXR 520217 COLD BLOOD
    2. TXR 520224 BRIGHT BOY

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    Disc A033

    1. TXR 520302 THE ICEMAN
    2. TXR 520309 DREAM FARM

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    Disc A034

    1. TXR 520316 PRELUDE TO FELONY
    2. TXR 520330 NIGHT HAWK

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    Disc A035

    1. TXR 520406 TROOP TRAIN
    2. TXR 520413 UNCERTAIN DEATH

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    Disc A036

    1. TXR 520420 ILLUSION
    2. TXR 520427 ADDRESS UNKNOWN

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    Disc A037

    1. TXR 520504 LITTLE SISTER
    2. TXR 520511 UNLEASHED FURY

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    Disc A038

    1. TXR 520518 SMART KILL
    2. TXR 520525 JAILBIRD

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    Disc A039

    1. TXR 520601 SELLOUT
    2. TXR 520608 ILLEGAL ENTRY

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    Disc A040

    1. TXR 520615 TRAVESTY
    2. TXR 520622 KNOCKOUT

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    Disc A041

    1. TXR 520629 EXCON
    2. TXR 520706 THE BOOMERANG

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    Disc A042

    1. TXR 520713 FINGER MAN
    2. TXR 520720 ROUND TRIP

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    Disc A043

    1. TXR 520727 STICKUP
    2. TXR 520803 DOUBLE EDGE

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    Disc A044

    1. TXR 520810 LAST STOP
    2. TXR 520817 COVERUP

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    Disc A045

    1. TXR 520824 THREE VICTIMS
    2. TXR 520831 MISPLACED PERSON

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    Disc A046

    1. TXR 520907 ALIBI HQ
    2. TXR 520914 DRIVEIN (LAST SHOW)

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