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4.0 out of 5 stars HARBOR COMMAND - COMES OUT OF THE VAULTS - SEPT 17, 2013
With the recent releases of Highway Patrol, Ripcord and categorically of the same genre, fans will be delighted to see HARBOR COMMAND being resurrected from the vaults and now being given a release date of September 17, 2013. Airing only one season (October 11, 1957 - July 4, 1958) for 39 Black and White episodes (in a 25 minute time format), HARBOR COMMAND starred...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price, but it ain't Dragnet
great nostalgia, typical of the ZIV shows of its day, but doesn't compare to the great ones like Dragnet and The Naked City...but the Harbor setting does make it somewhat unique. Favorite ridiculous moments on the show are when someone in obvious distress and needing help dials the operator, instead of asking for the police, they want the 'Harbor Command'---fantastic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars HARBOR COMMAND - COMES OUT OF THE VAULTS - SEPT 17, 2013, August 3, 2013
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With the recent releases of Highway Patrol, Ripcord and categorically of the same genre, fans will be delighted to see HARBOR COMMAND being resurrected from the vaults and now being given a release date of September 17, 2013. Airing only one season (October 11, 1957 - July 4, 1958) for 39 Black and White episodes (in a 25 minute time format), HARBOR COMMAND starred Wendall Corey and Casey Walters and focused on the exploits and adventures of the United States Coast Guard Harbor Command based out of San Francisco. As with many of these wonderful vintage programs, they did not need to rely on profane exchanges or excessive graphic violence to hold and keep your interest and were, with good execution of the scripting, able to get in some good character developments despite the half hour time constraint. Below is a list of the episodes and a brief summary.

Some of the special guest stars of this short lived series included:
Dick Bernie, Ed Nelson, Steve Mitchell, Dale Van Sickel, Leonard Nimoy, Byron Keith, Larry J. Blake, Maurice Argent, Douglas Henderson, Edward O'Brian, Joyce Meadows, Joe Miksak, Eddie Bartell, Vance Skarstedt, Robert Brubaker, Stewart Whitman, Tony Rock, Leslie Abbott, Craig Duncan, Paul Serra, Lee Rhodes, William Bryant, Ginger Hall, Jack Edwards, Jack Murphy, Peter Marshall, Robert Riordan, Brett Halsey, George Selk, and many more!

The episode list for this five disc set will include:
1. CAMPHOR TUBES - While searching a ship in his harbor, Baxter finds a cache of heroin inside a seaman's locker.
2. MURDER ON PIER 7 - Baxter discovers that a night watchman was murdered by a bale hook, a tool used by thousands of longshoreman who work in the harbor area.
3. BOAT BOMB - Baxter learns that a mad bomber plans to bomb a docked freighter that is carrying a cargo of explosives.
4. THE BAG - Baxter sets out to the high seas in search of a vessel that is carrying a bottle of metallic sodium, a powerful incendiary explosive.
5. FISHERMAN'S LEAGUE - Gangster's establish a protection racket in the harbor. Their victims are fisherman who must pay a fee or suffer grevious bodily harm among other things.
6. FRIGHTENED WITNESS - A gangster begins robbing the freighters which line the harbor area.
7. THE ASSASSIN - Baxter receives a tip that a passenger on an arriving ocean liner is the target of a hired killer. He tries to find the assassin before the gunman can strike.
8. COUNTERFEIT MONEY - After breaking up a dice game and discovering a counterfeit bill, Baxter discovers a counterfeiting ring operation from a sleazy pawn shop.
9. FINAL SCORE - A killer frames a young seaman for his crime and tries to see to it that the lad gets gunned down by Harbor Command bullets.
10. DEAD ON 'B' DECK - When one of a 'trio' of jewel thieves is found murdered on an incoming ocean liner, Baxter and the Harbor Command are called in to solve the case.
11. RANSOM AT SEA - A shipbuilding company has a truckload of machinery disappear and later receives a request from an anonymous phone caller ordering them to dump $100,000 into the sea as ransom.
12. FLOATING TRANSMITTER - Regretfully, no summary for this episode is available at this time.
13. ILLEGAL ENTRY - Baxter investigates the murder of an undercover drug agent who was close to getting the goods on an international narcotics syndicate seeking to gain a foothold in the United States.
14. YACHT CLUB - A yacht club manager, who is also a diabetic, is kidnapped by two men. Can Baxter rescue him before his time runs out?
15. TRAPPED PILINGS - A former dock hand, recently released from prison, begins a one man crime wave of robbery, kidnapping, and murder.
16. HARBOR MISSION - Baxter tries to capture a killer who murdered a boarder in a harbor mission house.
17. GOLD SMUGGLERS - A dental technician and his wife obtain a large quantity of dental gold by means of forgery. They plan to smuggle the metal abroad and sell it at an inflated price but then someone else learns of their scam.
18. CONTRABAND DIAMONDS - A man kills his brother who threatened to expose his diamond smuggling operation. Then he frames an innocent man for the crime.
19. THE BIG HOAX - A Harbor Command officer is stunned when the trail of the leader of an international narcotics syndicate leads to his own father.
20. THE WITNESS - A young Mexican boy witnesses a murder and follows the killer back to his hideout.
21. KILLER ON MY DOORSTEP - An escaped convict blackmails a former cellmate into providing him with shelter and then begins a reign of terror in the harbor.
22. FOUR TO DIE - Two murders occur in the harbor area and the only clues are a rare black pearl found in the hand of both victims.
23. HOSTAGE - Baxter tries to rescue a honeymooning couple being held hostage in their ship's stateroom by a desperate gunman.
24. RENDEZVOUS AT SEA - A woman whose husband has been kidnapped and held at sea is killed when she takes the ransom to the culprits by speedboat.
25. RIGHT TO DIE - An old sea captain, now living in poverty, hires a hood to kill him and make it look like an accident so that his wife can collect on the double indemnity clause in his insurance.
26. DATE WITH ETERNITY - Baxter has trouble with an old sea dog who keeps running out of gas and having to have his boat towed ashore.
27. SUNKEN GOLD - A "treasure" map holds the key to apprehending two killers who are trying to recover two chests of gold bullion.
28. DECOY - Baxter works with the Treasury Department to nab counterfeiters who killed a T-Man on a harbor pier.
29. ARSON - Baxter goes after an arsonist who set off a false alarm that drew the police and fire department away from his real intended target.
30. SHORE PATROL - When the fleet hits town, Baxter and company must make sure that sailors with money in their pockets don't get taken by crooks.
31. SMALLPOX - A fugitive seaman, who fled the country four years ago, gets arrested when he tries to re-enter the country. But he's got smallpox and escapes from custody.
32. GHOST SHIP - A ship drifts into the harbor minus her crew. The only clue is a blood stained deck on the vessel.
33. BUM'S RUSH - A harbor derelict witnesses a murder committed by a couple and finds himself their next target.
34. LOVER'S LANE BANDITS - Two bandits attack a young couple in a lover's lane. The boy is killed and the girl is scared into silence.
35. LOBSTER SMUGGLING - Baxter teams with the State Game and Fishing Commission to but a lobster smuggling ring and solve a murder.
36. CLAY PIGEON - A vengeful ex-convict, whom Baxter once sent to prison, steals a high-powered rifle and vows to kill our hero on sight.
37. THE PSYCHIATRIST - A vengeful ex-con just released from prison heads for the harbor and the psychiatrist who testimony sent him to prison.
38. SANCTUARY - Regretfully, no summary is available at this time for this episode.
39. DESPERATE MEN - Baxter devises an ingenious plan to rescue three hostages from a duo of bandits.

Take a trip down memory lane with this obscure tv classic - I know I'm looking forward to it!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly nostalgic series from the late 1950s, August 18, 2013
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I concur with everything that the previous reviewer writes - this was an excellent series, largely due to the strikingly atmospheric location photography - a marvellous snapshot of the times, with granite-jawed Wendell Corey aptly cast as the unsmiling, no-nonsense lead. Timeless have already put us greatly in their debt with a whole series of archival products, but this must be one of the rarest titles that they have decided to bring out, so my advice is to place an order without delay - you will not be disappointed with this fascinating look at longshore life from 55 years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Look-back, November 1, 2013
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Done in the early B&W days of television I'm reminded of Highway Patrol with Broderick Crawford. This is a great look back at a number of waterfronts along the California coast. While advertised as the "San Francisco Bays Coast Guard" the story lines talks about a number of sea ports. This is a marvelous snapshot of the times, and locations. This is also a great look back at waterfront life from the 1950's.

B&W - Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Mono

While I've only watched disc #1, the quality is fine for the transfer from a 1957-58 television series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it., October 25, 2013
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even better than the old days on tv.loved it Wendell corey very underestimated.Iwill be watching for quite a while yet
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD., October 16, 2013
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I purchased this item for my husband. He loves it and I enjoy watching the DVD.We watch about two shows four times a week so that it will last longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price, but it ain't Dragnet, November 24, 2013
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great nostalgia, typical of the ZIV shows of its day, but doesn't compare to the great ones like Dragnet and The Naked City...but the Harbor setting does make it somewhat unique. Favorite ridiculous moments on the show are when someone in obvious distress and needing help dials the operator, instead of asking for the police, they want the 'Harbor Command'---fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but Good, December 8, 2013
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I remember this show was on Australian TV in the early 60s and I liked it then, so it's good to see it all over again. It still comes up in good reproduction and is something different to the usual crime shows.They are only half hour episodes, but they fit a lot of drama into an ad. free episode. Thank you Amazon for making it possible to watch good television again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This forotten series is good., September 9, 2014
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Although the harbor setting might be a little tiresome this is a very good show for anyone living during that era. Being from the bay area it's really interesting to see San Francisco as almost a sleepy town and with a lot less tall buildings compared to now. In one episode it gives a glimpse of Playland at the Beach the amusement park that's long gone. Anyone that ever went there usually remembers one thing the most....the Laughing Lady at the Fun House. Well for a few seconds she is shown in the episode, what a memory. One of my favorite episodes features Herschel Benardi , the story for me is almost diabolical and could of been stretched another 15 minutes and still be interesting. Like Highway Patrol and Coronado 9 it's the stories that are interesting and not so much the main characters. Wendel Corey is serious through it all and the dispatcher is close to bored. Got the series at a good price and like it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's just OK!, October 11, 2014
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It's easy to see why this was only on for a year. Most of the episodes are relatively slow paced by today's standards and most likely by the 50's standards. I will admit the stories got better as time went on. A narrator opens the stories and continues through much of the episodes and if I didn't know better, I believe the narrator is the same person that did the old US Navy Training Films I watching during my time in the Navy. Wendell Corey actually does a great job in his role. A surprise guest appearance by a twenty-something Leonard Nimoy along with Brian Keith, Peter Marshall and Edmond O'Brien top out the guest appearances. The video transfer as well as the audio transfers are fabulous. Unfortunately the spaces in between the episodes are not adequate for the typical DVD or Blu-Ray player to pick up. With all of this said, I still enjoyed the set of five discs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars HARBOR COMMAND, August 30, 2014
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This was a T.V. series from 1958-1959 and centers around the west coast (California) police enforcement of the harbors. These are half hour episodes. All purport to be from real life crimes. Wendell Corey does a fine job, though at times he is a little too severe. Also, some to the episodes often leave you wishing to know what happened to those involved. In the later episodes it softens the police characters somewhat. I found this a good diversion. I like black and white and the 1950's were like that. The price was also rather reasonable.
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