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Soldiers of Fortune - The Complete Television Series 52 Episodes!

John Russell , Chick Chandler  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Russell, Chick Chandler, Boyd Stockman, Red Morgan, Paul Baxley
  • Format: NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0044U9CEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Soldiers of Fortune - The Complete Television Series - 5 DVD Box Set! 52 Episodes! Soldiers of Fortune follows the exploits of Tim Kelly and Toubo Smith, international adventurers who travel the world offering their services for hire. Each action packed show finds the pair embarked on exotic quests around the globe. From the diamond mines of Africa, to the pampas of South America, and the bazaars of the Middle East, wherever they go, trouble finds them ready for action! The ruggedly handsome John Russell brings a cool determination and worldly charm to the role of Tim Kelly, and versatile character actor Chick Chandler plays Toubo Smith with flair and good humor, no matter what scrapes the two get into. A Revue Studios Production shot in Hollywood, Soldiers of Fortune was one of the first TV dramas to incorporate location shots from around the world and also used more stuntmen than any other 30 minute series in the 50's. Several of these veteran stuntmen also acted in the show, including Boyd Stockman, Red Morgan and Paul Baxley. John Doucette, X. Brands and Michael Ansara were among the other great actors in supporting roles.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 50's Nostalgia January 26, 2011
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Well ,this is one series I never expected to turn up on DVD so all credit to Timeless Media for resurrecting it.

Back in the 50's,television was awash with various 30 min.action/adventure series.Tough cops,private eyes & cowboys in abundance & 'Soldiers of Fortune' sits right alongside these.

John Russell (before his stint on the long running 'Lawman') stars as Tim Kelly & Chick Chandler as his curiously named partner'Toubo' Smith.

If you fancied hacking through the jungle in search of lost tribes,building a pipeline across the desert,infiltrating gangs of smugglers or searching for buried treasure then Tim & Toubo were your men.This occupation took them to all the remote corners of the world, represented here by armloads of stock footage which also included earthquakes & erupting volcanos.

If you are looking for deep,meaningful plots & state of the art graphics then this series is not for you.On the other hand if you enjoy old 'B' movies & are prepared to suspend your disbelief for half an hour then I am sure you will be entertained by 'Soldiers of Fortune'.

All 52 episodes are presented here on 5 discs housed in 3 slimline cases. I don't know where Timeless sourced the prints (probably old 16mm) & no remastering appears to have been done. There is evidence of print damage & 'wobble' at times & Timeless have noted this in announcements prior to some segments.Sound is generally OK. Possibly best viewed on smaller screens. They are however, superior to the few 'gray' copies which have been circulating amongst collectors for a while.

I found the series a lot of fun & if you like early TV you probably will as well.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldiers of Fortune ...reliving my youth February 26, 2011
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This was my childhood's all time favorite tv series and, although it had a short run, I waited excitedly for each new episode of the "Soldiers of Fortune" which ran during 1955-56. There are some technical problems with images and sounds at times but the reconstructed episodes seem to impact me as they did when I was but a small boy. So here I am, a lifetime away connecting to my childhood spent growing up on the beaches of Panama City and Tyndall Field AFB, Florida. I am back there, my parents, now long gone, are youthful and full of life, again. Life is good when you are a child if family is important; it was. While some of the dialog is perhaps silly and the action amateurish, it is the era before today's extensive special effects. I find myself engrossed as before. It's sad to think that co-star John Russell, athletic and handsome then, died of emphasema, some years ago. I watch his character lite up a cigarrette and feel the urge to warm him not to do that, knowing that that is what took the lives of both of my parents when they were too young. Does this review help a prospective buyer make "Soldiers of Fortune" a purchase? I suspect not for one needed to be a boy in the mid50s to appreciate this series. In my experience, it was a meeting of the child within reaching out to the innocent boy I was so long ago. How many experiences allow one to do that? For me, "Soldiers of Fortune" is so much more than just a short lived tv series, I was allowed to be the boy who loved this series so long ago and that made everything worth well.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brother of Jane Russell------NOT January 19, 2011
Just want to inject that John Russell was NOT the brother of Jane Russell...........I have purchased this CD and considering the budget restraints some of the episodes are quite good you get the usual bummers but all in all I did not regret purchasing this series. I was a very big fan of Lawman and enjoyed Russell in this show Chick Chandler who was around forever also did a fine job.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars tales of danger and adventure... July 24, 2011
The good folks at Timeless Media Group (TMG) bring you Soldiers of Fortune (1955-57), a half hour television program that ran for two seasons, and produced a total of 52 episodes. The series features John Russell as Tim Kelly, and Chick Chandler as Toubo Smith, expert hunters, guides, and adventurers, who are available for hire, to go wherever there is mystery, danger, or perhaps a buck to be made.

The partners have no set base of operations, and the unpredictability helps make the program interesting, as their adventures take them to some of the far corners of the world, to engage in a variety of tasks. They could be hiking through the jungle, out at sea, acting as guides, on safari, blazing a trail, on a rescue mission, or looking for some missing person.

Kelly and Chandler get along well enough, but there's not a lot of personal warmth in their relationship. Both men are rather reserved, and bring a mostly businesslike attitude to what they do. More imposing physically, Kelly usually takes the lead in the decision making. Chandler and Kelly may not be the smoothest most charismatic guys, but they are pretty savvy, and mostly dependable in tough situations. Although they do get into scuffles, fatalities are rare. They usually handle situations on their own terms, without law enforcement getting involved.

The quality of the stories varies quite a bit. Some of the adventures feature fresh situations and ideas, while others seem well-worn or clichéd. Obviously to save costs, the program makes use of various kinds of stock footage for locations, backgrounds, or to feature wild animals. This technique doesn't always work too well, and sometimes produces some amusing results.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I had never seen this show before, but it's nostalgic and entertaining. I would say it targeted young teenagers during its time. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sociologydude
5.0 out of 5 stars Show Me the Money, Toubo
Great old forgotten Universal series at a great price. Low budget and fun to watch little stories done before John Russell did Warner Brothers' Lawman, which had a bigger budget... Read more
Published 22 days ago by C. BROOKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great videos.
I saw the TV series "Soldiers of Fortune" many years ago as a teenager and loved every episode. I couldn't believe the had the videos of this series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carolyn Herzfeld
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad, but fun.
A series with bad sets, bad action, bad scripts, bad costumes, bad acting and likely a very low budget. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars arrival
I have not seen these for myself, but my husband was thrilled to receive this DVD. I can not wait to see this with my husband.
Published 9 months ago by Julie Sheehan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad of its time and place
There are disclaimers about bad audio and video but the only really "bad" are the pieces of stock footage and footage borrowed from earlier films. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Terrance G. Shults
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN, FUN, FUN From The Fifties!
I haven't seen these shows simce they premired on television. The plots are fairly simple (as were most things back then) and they've done a very good job of restoring the quality... Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars SOF is fun and entertaining!
I enjoyed this TV series. It's the only one in my collection that I have that I did not see on TV when it ran. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rich Pisarkiewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldiers of Fortune rating
I, also, remember this series as a kid. Tim Kelly and
Tubo Smith were before Indiana Jones. I also enjoyed
this series very much.
Damian Fedorko
Published 14 months ago by Damian G. Fedorko
5.0 out of 5 stars Big John Russell fan
I enjoy this series for the first time. I wish it could be restored to a better quality, but it still is worth acquiring.
Published 16 months ago by Linda E Hall
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