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Soldiers of Fortune - The Complete Television Series 52 Episodes!
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brings back good childhood memories of what Mom and Dad used to watch on 'regular' TV.
The plots are corny but so was the 50's, no matter what your age.
This was a childhood memory. The series had all the limitations of a 1950's adventure series but still stirred the heart of young adventurers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack Zubritsky
Excellent Series!!!! Unfortunately it's in Black & White but the actors & content material far surpasses the JUNK on Television today! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. F.
I'm glad I stumbled upon this series. I am surprised that I had not heard of it growing up in the 50's, but I am enjoying the show now. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Eckloff