Broken Arrow (1956–1960)
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The Mail Riders 

Federal agent Tom Jeffords makes a deal with Apache chief Cochise to permit the mail riders to pass safely through Apache territory despite the mutual animosity of Apache and white.

Director:

Alvin Ganzer

Writers:

Elliott Arnold (novel), Clarke Reynolds (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
John Lupton ... Tom Jeffords
Michael Ansara ... Cochise
Tom Fadden ... Milt Duffield
Michael Pate ... Gokliya
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Colonel Bernall
Ted de Corsia ... Ben Cartwright (as Ted DeCorsia)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Lowrie
Rachel Ames ... Terry Wilson (as Judith Ames)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue England ... Sonseeahray
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Federal agent Tom Jeffords makes a deal with Apache chief Cochise to permit the mail riders to pass safely through Apache territory despite the mutual animosity of Apache and white.

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Genres:

Western

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Release Date:

25 September 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tom Jeffords meets and befriends Cochise as he attempts to find a safe mail route through Arizona.
25 August 2009 | by Rvillafana-1See all my reviews

An uncredited Robert Blake as the young Apache that Jeffords comes across at the beginning of the episode. This is a shortened version of the original pilot for the show originally aired on "The 20th Century Fox Hour". These shows were broadcast on the Fox Movie Channel several years ago under the title "Fox Hour of Stars". The character of Cochise was played by Ricardo Montalban in the the original pilot. John Lupton played Tom Jeffords in both the pilot and the series. The series broke new ground as the Apaches were portrayed in a favorable light, and not as the "blood-thirsty savages" stereotype prevalent in so many previous movies and TV series. Micheal Ansara was less than enthusiastic about playing Cochise because he felt the part less than demanding.


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