Trackdown (1957–1959)
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Back to Crawford 

Hoby returns home to Crawford to help his sister Nora after she sends him a telegram that somebody has been threatening her and because he gets a telegram from town drunk Fred Sales to come home quick because his sister is going to die.

Director:

R.G. Springsteen

Writer:

Robert Culp
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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Culp ... Hoby Gilman
Nancy Asch Nancy Asch ... Merrilee
King Calder ... Sheriff Jed
Peggy Webber ... Nora
Charles Seel ... Fred Sales (as Charles F. Seel)
Warren Oates ... Norvil (as Warren M. Oates)
Robert B. Williams ... Bartender
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Tommy (as Donald A. Losby Jr.)
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Hoby returns home to Crawford to help his sister Nora after she sends him a telegram that somebody has been threatening her and because he gets a telegram from town drunk Fred Sales to come home quick because his sister is going to die.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The first of many scripts Robert Culp sold to television. This one featured Nancy Asch, nee Wilner, Culp's then-wife. See more »

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What Could Have Been
23 December 2016 | by DrGlitterhouseSee all my reviews

Hobie returns to his hometown in response to threats against his sister.

Although there were two episodes broadcast after "Return to Crawford" (in September, no less--definitely a different television era), this was clearly written as a series finale. First off, it references the first episode of Trackdown, "The Marple Brothers" (although, when I actually watched the pilot, my reaction was "That one settled her?"). Second, it gives us some of Hobie's background (the town where he grew up, his sister and nephew, his old girlfriend). Finally, there's the dialogue at the end about what it would take for Hobie to give up his badge and the final image of Hobie riding into the sunset. There is definitely a sense of finality to the episode.

As noted in the Trivia section, this was star Robert Culp's first TV script, and it flows as well as the best of the Trackdown episodes (i.e., more Christopher Knopf than John Robinson), foreshadowing how good a scriptwriter Culp would be on his later series, I-Spy. Some of the dialogue is downright crackling, such as the aforementioned speech about what it would take for Hobie to give up his badge and the dialogue between Hobie and his sister's antagonist ("Why didn't you just sign the note 'Anonymous'?"/"How's that for crawling?").

This episode has all the makings of a series finale, and in a different era of television, it would have been a fine closeout for the show.


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