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 ›
John Russell was always one of my favorite supporting character actors. He is light and affable in this series, unlike his heavier portrayal of Dan Troop on the "Lawman" series and his numerous "bad guy" roles (recall Nathan Burdett, brother of Joe- played by the great Claude Akins) on the big screen. I don't remember Chick Chandler being in any other series but he does a good job as the comical sidekick.
The episodes last between 24 and 25 minutes giving an indication of how few 7-UP commercials we had to endure back in the fifties. A 30 minute show these days contains about 15 minutes of actual program.
I doubt you'd care for this DVD unless you were a kid between 8 and 18 in 1955.
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Great to see John Russell in a starring role other than LAWMAN, though I love him in Lawman too. This a wonderful old series which is a pleasant change from the slick, gory, modern... Read morePublished 1 month ago by AJ
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 8 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 9 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 12 months ago by William Eckloff