A detective serial of the modern southwest. What Dragnet was to Los Angeles, this serial is to Texas. Starring Joel McCrea as Ranger Pearson, the series takes place in the thirties and focuses on the CSI style investigations of crimes as Pearson guides his men and himself through the maze of investigation of crime. When I first heard of the radio series Tales of the Texas Rangers years ago, I thought it was a western series based in the historic old west. Obviously, never having heard it, I soon discovered it was in fact a modern detective series that mostly took its queue from Jack Webb’s Dragnet series.
Historically, the Texas Rangers were a policing organization formed by Stephen Austin in the 1800’s to mostly protect the land from Indians and outlaws. Their “beat” was 260,000 square miles of Texas and as the opening of the radio series describes, they were “the oldest law enforcement body in North America.”
Music under is Coyote Moon by Ben Tavera King.