Video of the Week: “The Secret Mission”

Our video of the week showcases another of Timothy’s earliest performances. It’s one of the six episodes of Cowboy G-Men in which he appeared, “The Secret Mission”. Baby boomer cowgirls and cowboys first gathered around their Saturday morning televisions for this one on October 4, 1952.

He’s got a fairly substantial part as henchman to main bad guy Robert Lowery, and he gets a great fight scene with series star Russell Hayden. Enjoy this one, it’s pretty good as these things go. Except for those damn kids. No idea who played them. Holy cow, they’re annoying.

Pic of the Day: “The Secret Mission” revisited

Today we revisit one of the six episodes of Cowboy G-Men in which Timothy appeared. It’s “The Secret Mission,” first airing on October 4, 1952. Tim’s henchman sneaks around thinking good guy Pat Gallagher (Russell Hayden) is asleep. The joke is on him!

Secret Mission - 1952

This series is readily available on commercially and non-commercially released DVD (I believe it’s fallen into the public domain); quality isn’t so great, but it’s still a valuable record of some of Tim’s earliest work. Check it out!

Video of the Week: “Beware! No Trespassing”

No dipping into the archives this week – we have a brand-new video for you! It’s the Cowboy G-Men episode “Beware! No Trespassing” in its entirety. It was first aired on November 1, 1952. Timothy’s henchman Benton and his boss Jardine (Robert Lowery) are stirring up some mayhem at a tungsten mine.

Series star Russell Hayden was one of the busiest Western film stars around in the 1930s and ’40s, carrying on the tradition on TV in the ’50s. He and fellow Western stars Roy Rogers and Dick Curtis were among the original investors and developers of Pioneertown in California, which has been used in countless movies and television programs.

Pic of the Day: “The Secret Mission” revisited

Today we look at another pic from the Cowboy G-Men episode “The Secret Mission,” which premiered on October 4, 1952 – just over 60 years ago! Wow. Timothy, Robert Lowery and X Brands are spying on cowboy G-man Russell Hayden in the next room, trying to determine what his next move will be.

Secret Mission - 1952

This is a rare shot of Tim in repose, which didn’t happen very often.

Pic of the Day: “Gypsy Traders” revisited

The Pic of the Day for your Monday takes another look at the Cowboy G-Men episode “Gypsy Traders,” first airing on February 28, 1953. Timothy and his fellow Gypsies, including Charlita and X Brands, are skeptical of the motives of federal crimebuster Pat Gallagher (Russell Hayden).

Gypsy Traders

X Brands was a familiar face in Westerns, both on television (including two more Cowboy G-Men episodes with Tim) and in theaters, throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He often portrayed Native Americans, although he was not one in real life. However, according to his granddaughter, he was so convincing in his portrayals that he was honored by several Native American tribes. She also states that he was born Jay X Brands, but dropped the “Jay” after his father died and became legally known as X. This was a tradition that the oldest son in the family had carried out for generations.