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The Loner 

A wandering ex-soldier encounters various problems where ever he visits in his travels.

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Rod Serling
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Lloyd Bridges ...  William Colton 26 episodes, 1965-1966
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Following the Civil War, former Union soldier William Colton rides through the West trying to find himself and helping out people with their problems along the way. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Lloyd Bridges stars as a brave but embittered ex-Union Army officer seeking a new life in the West.

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

18 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Cavaliere solitario See more »

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| (26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Colton's horse was either Rex or Montrose Sea. Its name in the series was Joshua. in The Loner: Incident in the Middle of Nowhere (1966), Colton says he and his horse had been through a lot together, including the Civil War. See more »

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Preachy Western has 1960's Sensibilities
6 September 2018 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Could have been a cool show, especially with Rod Serling as the writer. But he's wearing politics on his sleeve, and while many Twilight Zone episodes are cautionary tales, they relate universally.

This show, fitfully titled THE LONER, about a former soldier on an endless road happening upon various human varmints who love the thought of war without having been through it... or without having learned from what they did experience while in it... takes away from what each story could have given the viewer other than a message, which overrides each plot-line and buries the theme: to where our wandering hero seems more like a brooding know-it-all than someone making the perfect pawn upon each eclectic adventure. In other words, he has so much to teach he never actually learns anything...

And worse yet, he never seems in danger so there's little to no urgency in his would-be, world-weary travels. He simply winds up lecturing everyone not as enlightened as he is...

A lot like the political side of Hollywood, which Rod Serling was much, much better and deeper than. But he had more of a sermon to tell her than a story. See the early Gunsmoke episodes for how a great Western series should be.


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