The Adventures of Champion (Film Chest Restored Version)
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12-year-old Barry Curtis plays Ricky North, who lives on Uncle Sandy s ranch in the American Southwest near a herd of wild horses led by the wild stallion, Champion. Champ only allows his friend Ricky to ride him bareback. The German shepherd, Rebel, helps his two pals survive their weekly adventures. The characters of Ricky, Rebel, Champ and Sandy originated in a 1949- 50 radio serial that became a comic book for Dell from 1951 to 1955, so young fans were familiar with the premise long before the TV series.
The 23 Episodes included are as follows:
Episode 1 - The Saddle Tramp
Episode 2 - Crossroad Trail
Episode 3 - Salted Ground
Episode 4 - The Medicine Man Mystery
Episode 5 - Lost River
Episode 6 - Renegade
Episode 7 - Canyon of Wanted Men<BR Episode 8 - Challenge of the West
Episode 9 - The Outlaw's Secret
Episode 10 - Hangman's Noose
Episode 11 - King of the Rodeo
Episode 12 - A Bugle for Ricky
Episode 13 - The Stone Heart
Episode 14 - The Deer Hunters
Episode 16 - Johnny Hands Up<BR Episode 17 - Black Kachina
Episode 19 - Rails West
Episode 21 - Andrew and the Deadly Double
Episode 22 - Bad Men of the Valley
Episode 23 - The Return of Red Cloud
Episode 24 - Brand of the Lawless
Episode 25 - The Die-Hards
Episode 26 - Calhoun Rides Again
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Ricky North, an orphan living with his Uncle Sandy, had a knack for finding trouble and adventure in the desert Southwest of the 1880s. His best friends were Blaze, his German Shepherd, and, of course, Champion, a stallion who leads a remuda of wild horses, but always responds to Ricky's whistle in time of need. Ricky was the only human whom Champion would allow to ride him. The 12-year-old Ricky was played by Barry Curtis, a talented child actor who had, undeservedly, relatively few credits. Uncle Sandy was played by Jim Bannon, a handsome actor who earlier played Red Ryder in a series of B-westerns and looked every inch a lanky, broad-shouldered cowpoke who could lend a hand when Ricky and his preternaturally intelligent animal friends couldn't handle the bad guys by themselves.
Ten of the 26 episodes are included in this Timeless Media issuance. Unlike most of Timeless' other DVDs for 1950s television series, the prints are somewhat battered, though certainly viewable. As in other juvenile western programs created by Gene Autry's Flying A Productions, the episodes include plenty of hard-riding action with solid direction and good acting from both the principals and the rogue's gallery of character actors that fill out the cast. The episodes include in the set are:
1.01 The Saddle Tramp (co-starring Francis McDonald and Chris Alcaide)
1.02 Crossroad Trail (Stanley Andrews, Tom Irish and Lee Van Cleef)
1.03 Salted Ground (Hal K. Dawson and Tristram Coffin)
1.04 The Medicine Man Mystery (Myron Healey and Harry Harris Sr.)
1.10 Hangman's Noose (Hank Patterson and Frank Fenton)
1.13 The Stone Heart (James Best, Bill Henry and Barbara Bestar)
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Previous releases of Champion have all been appalling . The UK set appears to have been filmed off a monitor as you can actually see the sides of the screen at times.
It would appear that Champion has not been preserved very well over the years . Every release including the new one has 3 episodes missing so maybe there are no surviving copies of these anywhere.
Quality wise this is the best so far although it still ranks as disappointing in comparison with better known shows of the same era. Champion was shot on 16mm so that's a minus point and dvd doesn't handle grain very well and whoever authored these discs didn't seem to do much to improve these shortcomings so there are many imperfections . However the Film Chest Version is better than all the others and its definitely worth a purchase but don't let the " restored in HD" byline get you too excited . The state of many of these prints are rough to say the least. Mine came from Amazon Canada and Disc 1 showed the layer separation issues suffered by early dvd releases of The Terminator and other titles . My other 2 discs were fine but I do wonder if long term these discs may fail to play
On the quality of the DVDs, they were viewable but obviously not at the quality most professional DVDs are done, but I won't complain about that because i'm just glad we have these to watch. I do hope Timeless Media will someday release the rest of these episodes on a DVD, or even better yet...that a complete episode DVD set will be done with remastered film...
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It ad stated Adventures of Champion was the complete series (23 episodes) I received a dvd of 10 episodes. the price was great but
the Amazon ad is misleading.
This is being sold as the complete series on a number of sites, it is not. There were 26 episodes in the complete series.Published on February 9, 2014 by TV Western Lover