Soldiers of Fortune (TV series)

Soldiers of Fortune is a 1955 syndicated half hour American television adventure series. It starred John Russell as Tim Kelly and Chick Chandler as his sidekick Toubo Smith who were international adventurers. Each episode would take place in a different country. Many of the film crew had worked at Republic Pictures studios with the show filmed on Republic's backlot[1] then used by television's Revue Productions. The show was constantly rerun on American television into the 1960s.

Soldiers of Fortune
StarringJohn Russell
Chick Chandler
Theme music composerPaul Dunlap
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time2224 minutes
Production company(s)Revue Studios
DistributorMCA TV
Original networkSyndicated
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJanuary 10, 1955 
March 10, 1957


The series began as a television pilot called Adventure in Java that was shown on the Chevron Theatre on 10 February 1953.[2] The show starred Tim Holt[3] and Charles Bronson then credited as Charles Buchinsky.[4]

The show was sponsored for two years by 7 Up soft drink with the firm also sending the stars out on national publicity tours.[5]

One year after Soldiers of Fortune was cancelled, John Russell went on to star as Marshal Dan Troup in the successful ABC/Warner Brothers western series Lawman.[6]

DVD release

Timeless Media Group (TMG) released a Region 1 five disc DVD set titled Soldiers of Fortune: The Complete Television Series on November 30, 2010. It includes all 29 episodes of Season 1 and all 23 episodes of Season 2.[7]

Guest stars


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  3. p. 322 Miller, Lee O. The Great Cowboy Stars of Movies & Television Arlington House, 1979
  4. p. 263 Pitts, Michael R. Charles Bronson: The 95 Films and the 156 Television Appearances McFarland, 1 Jan. 2003
  5. p. 9 Sponsors Lose Values Visa Poor P.A. Routings Billboard 16 Mar 1957 ISSN 0006-2510 Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  6. "Billboard - Google Books". 1956-02-11. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  7. "Soldiers of Fortune - The Complete Television Series 52 Episodes!: John Russell, Chick Chandler, Boyd Stockman, Red Morgan, Paul Baxley, John Doucette, X. Brands, Michael Ansara: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
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