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Set in the wild west, The Adventures of Champion focuses on screen hero Gene Autry's horse, Champion. These fifteen minute episodes were a collective spin-off of Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, which had been a radio network show, hosted by CBS and starring the singing cowboy. The spin-off starred Barry Curtis and Jim Bannon.

The tale begins with 12- year-old Ricky North, played by Barry Curtis, who is orphaned and raised by an adopted uncle, Sandy (Jim Bannon). Ricky lives in the wilderness, with only his uncle and dog Rebel for company. Champion is a wild horse, who for unknown reasons will let nobody except for Ricky ride him. Similar to the Rifleman and Bonanza, the series stays true to the wild west, depicting such things as gold mines and indian problems. However, the main center is on the loyalty and friendship formed between Ricky, Rebel, and Champion.

American Pop Classics
1 Season, 23 Episodes
September 23, 1955
Classic TV, Family
7.5/10
Cast: Champion, Barry Curtis, Jim Bannon, Blaze
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The Adventures of Champion Full Episode Guide

  • Champ captures an escaping bank robber, but an old friend of Ricky's, tall tale spinner Will Calhoun, takes credit. Sandy advises Will to buy a ranch and settle down. While looking the place over, Will and Ricky discover the stolen money and are captured.

  • Rebel loses an encounter with a porcupine just as the new doctor is driving past. The doctor is the son of a confederate Civil War general and meets heavy prejudice for his roots.

  • In this sequel to "Hangman's Noose," Trem Holt, now wealthy from oil on his land, is about to marry a fine lady named Belle. Her outlaw brother needs money and abducts her. Ricky and Sandy search for Belle when she is late for her wedding.

  • The local Indian tribe is starving and may go on the warpath. Champ saves the chief's son, Red Cloud, from an ambush. Red Cloud isdetermined to seek white man's justice against a crooked Indian agent, but he is arrested on a trumped up murder charge.

  • Champ witnesses a bushwhacking by four outlaws, who rob the bank the next day. The robbers run across Ricky's new neighbor who is a former convict trying to go straight. He teams up with Champ and Ricky to capture the culprits.

  • Ricky's friend, Mary Jane, expects the uncle she has never seen to take custody of her, but the man who arrives is a fake put in by a crooked lawyer so he can sell the ranch forcash. Champ, Rebel, Ricky and Sandy rescue the real uncle.

  • Gold prospectors pretend they are surveying for a railroad through Wild Horse Canyon to cover their activities. The rail magnate, McNab, is an innocent dupe in the plan. The crooks kidnap Champion so Sandy and Ricky will be sidetracked.

  • An Indian medicine man finds a sacred "kachina" that tells him to war on the white man. The chief advises Sandy to bring in the cavalry, but the army sends a paleontologist instead. Ricky and the professor explore a lost cave to avert war.

  • Champ takes Ricky to a trapped fawn, encounters the trappers and is saved by an animal activist. The conflict with the trappers escalates as the railroad refuses to stop buying venison to feed workers. A game preserve may be the answer.

  • Crooks break a con out of prison against his will and then shoot him when he hides counterfeit printing plates. Ricky finds the injured man, protects him and fetches his sister, but the two outlaws are still after the plates.

  • A retired cavalry sergeant welcomes home his son, only to be disappointed that he has given up his commission to be a veterinarian. The sergeant must reconcile with his sonwhile bringing bank robbers to justice.

  • Two men come to Wild Horse Canyon looking for a new rodeo attraction and capture Champion! Ricky finds him in the rodeo and enters a contest to win "Dynamite" if he can ride him, which he does with ease. The crooks renege and take off again.

  • Ricky has an elderly friend, Trem Holt, who loves animals. Crooks discover oil on Holt's land and plot to get rid of him so they can buythe property. When Holt is unjustly accused of murder, a lynch mob forms. Champ and Rebel help to clear their friend.

  • The stagecoach bringing the new minister to town is robbed. The posse wounds the outlaw leader, who Ricky later finds in a cabin and fetches the preacher to help. The dying man almost confesses that the bank owner stole the money.

  • Ricky brings a hungry friend home for dinner because Les' father is in prison. Sandy has a large sum of money in his safe that isn't safe very long, when Les' father breaks jail and shows up with a meaner hombre, Duke, who forces Les to steal.

  • Champion turns a stampede of his herd set by bad guys trying to label the wild horses trouble so they can step in and sell them. Ricky, Sandy and Rebel size up the con and set out to find proof.

  • Two crooks kill a prospector for his gold find and stampede the herd over the body to disguise their crime, but Champ knows the truth. The outlaws try to claim he is a wild killer and have him shot.

  • When drought devastates the valley, Champion searches desperately for a new source of water to save his herd of wild horses. Meanwhile Ricky and Sandy help a woman keep her ranch from an unscrupulous foreman who uses the drought to buy ranches cheap.

  • Ricky visits a medicine show wagon with ventriloquist, Dr. Terwilliger, and his dummy,Wilbur. A jewel thief traveling as an assistant hides loot inside Wilbur and later kidnaps the dummy when he makes a getaway.

  • Ricky saves a young girl, Sally, when her wagon runs away. Sally's gullible father is about to invest in a gold mine, but Ricky runs into two prospectors firing gold dust into rocks. Could they be crooks salting a mine?

  • Ricky visits The Colonel for a few days, just when his grandson, Josh, is tempted to commit robbery. Which trail will Josh take at this crossroad in his life? Josh take at this crossroad in his life?

  • Enter Will Calhoun, famous trapper, Indian fighter and teller of tall tales. Ricky believes every tale, but they are mainly talk. Rustlers terrorizing the area force Will into action to save Ricky when Sandy is laid up.

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