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Mackenzie's Raiders

Mackenzie's Raiders
Genre Western
Written by Stephen Alexander
Robert Leslie Bellem
Richard Carlson
William Driskill
Milton S. Gelman
Paul Savage
Barney Slater
Charles B. Smith
Irwin Winehouse
A. Sanford Wolfe
Jim Thompson (writer)
Directed by Derwin Abrahams
Franklin Adreon
Abner Biberman
Richard Carlson
Eddie Davis
Herman Hoffman
Lew Landers
Starring Richard Carlson
Narrated by Art Gilmore
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Producer(s) Lou Breslow
Elliott Lewis
Editor(s) Charles L. Freeman
Stanford Tischler
Cinematography Robert Hoffman
Charles Van Enger
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original channel Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 1, 1958 – 1959

Mackenzie's Raiders is an American Western television series starring Richard Carlson that aired thirty-nine episodes in syndication from 1958 to 1959. The series was narrated by Art Gilmore.


Carlson played Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie, commander of the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Clark near Brackettville in Kinney County in southwest Texas, during the 1870s. The real Mackenzie was a nephew of Confederate States of America diplomat John Slidell and the brother of Union Navy Lieutenant Commander Alexander Slidell MacKenzie.

In the series story line, Colonel Mackenzie receives secret orders from U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of War William W. Belknap to stop Mexican bandits from crossing the Rio Grande into the United States or from returning to Mexico. The show continued as Mackenzie and his raiders ride deep into Mexican territory, but the Raiders also fought gunfighters and renegade Indians. The series lasted for a single season.

Cast members

  • Richard Carlson ...Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie (39 episodes)
  • Kenneth Alton ...Raider (11 episodes)
  • Morris Ankrum ...Raider (12 episodes)
  • Charles Boaz ...Corporal Dixon (11 episodes)
  • Jim Bridges ...Private Lewis (11 episodes)
  • Louis Jean Heydt ...Raider (11 episodes)
  • Brett King ...Raider (11 episodes)

Guest stars

Production notes

A Ziv Production, subsequently MGM, Mackenzie's Raiders was filmed at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California.

The series was produced by Lou Breslow and Elliott Lewis. Series star Richard Carlson also served as a writer and director.

DVD release

On October 8, 2013, Timeless Media Group released Mackenzie's Raiders- The TV Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[1]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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