This Man Dawson

This Man Dawson is a syndicated drama television series starring Keith Andes as a former United States Marine Corps colonel hired to clean up police corruption in an undisclosed American city.[1] The thirty-three episodes, in which Andes portrayed Chief Frank Dawson, aired during the 1959-1960 television season. The series was partly inspired by Andes’ Universal Studios film Damn Citizen (1958), in which he played crusading Louisiana State Police Superintendent Francis C. Grevemberg.[2] It was a production of Ziv Television.[3]

This Man Dawson
GenreCrime drama
Written byGene Levitt
Directed byLeon Benson
StarringKeith Andes
William Conrad (narrator)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes33
Producer(s)William Conrad
Elliott Lewis
Running time30 mins. (approx)
Production company(s)Ziv Television Programs
DistributorZiv Television Programs
Original networkSyndicated
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original release1959 

The program narrator is the late William Conrad, formerly the voice on the radio version of Gunsmoke and later the star of CBS' Cannon detective series. The black and white half-hour series was filmed by Ziv, later part of MGM Television.[2]

Notable guest stars


  1. Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, p. 833
  2. "This Man Dawson (1959)". Internet Movie Data Base’’. Retrieved January 9, 2010.
  3. Erickson, Hal (1989). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-1198-8. Pp. 45-46.
  4. "Episode List for This Man Dawson". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 9, 2010.
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