May 10, 2008

Northwest Passage

Northwest PassageMajor Robert Rogers (Keith Larsen) organized "Rogers Rangers" to search for the alleged waterway across the United States during the French and Indian War (1754-1759). Helping Rogers, an experienced explorer and Indian fighter, were Hunk Marriner (Buddy Ebsen), another experienced Indian fighter, and Langdon Towne (Don Burnett), a Harvard graduate who was the map maker. The episodes told the story of their trials and tribulations searching for the Northwest Passage and their battles with both the French and Indians during this war.A reviewer on added this hyperbolic comment:This one-season 1958-59 program was, by my lights as writer, actor and director, the best one-half-hour program made for television in the twentieth century; it is indisputably the best-written and best-produced of all such series.Comment:  Gee, why limit yourself to the 20th century? Why not say it was better than any drama in history, including Shakespeare's plays?

I haven't seen Northwest Passage yet, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it isn't better than I Love Lucy, All in the Family, or The Sopranos. I'll let you know when I know for sure.

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