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Soldiers of Fortune - The Complete Television Series 52 Episodes!

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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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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0044U9CEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. M. Street on 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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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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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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A young boy in the mid-fifties, there were only two "can't miss" tv shows on the airwaves- one was "Dragnet" and the other was "Soldiers of Fortune". My favorite episodes were "Aloha Means Goodbye" and "The General". To this day, I don't not know why I remember these particular episodes or why I loved the series so much. I ordered this DVD for nostalgia reasons and although it is very juvenile and just plain silly at times, I have watched all 52 episodes and enjoyed each one almost as much as I did 55 years ago. I guess some of us ol' boys never truly grow up.

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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