Treasury Men in Action

Treasury Men in Action (also known as Federal Men) is an American crime drama series broadcast live and which aired from 1950 through April 1951 on ABC and then on NBC through 1955. The series stars Walter Greaza, Ross Martin, and Tom McKee. It was directed by, among others, William Beaudine, Leigh Jason, and Will Jason among others.

Treasury Men in Action
Also known as''Federal Men''
GenreCrime drama
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Leigh Jason
StarringWalter Greaza
Ross Martin
Tom McKee
Theme music composerMelvyn Lenard
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes189 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Everett Rosenthal
Jerome C. Robinson
Editor(s)Irving Berlin
Everett Dodd
Running time24 mins.
Production company(s)Combo-Stephens Inc.
(1954-1955)
(season 5)
Prockter Television Enterprises
DistributorMCA TV
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1950 (1950-09-11) 
July 1, 1955 (1955-07-01)

Overview

The series was an anthology drama dramatizing cases from one of the various law enforcement agencies that operated under the US Treasury Department. The host was Walter Greaza, who introduced each episode as "The Chief" of whichever agency was featured in a given episode. Counterfeiters, tax evaders, smugglers, narcotics traffickers, and other federal offenders whose crimes fell within the jurisdiction of Treasury were pursued. Cases from the files of the US Secret Service, the Customs Bureau. the Alcohol Tax Unit, the Intelligence Division of the Internal Revenue Service, and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics were dramatized.

Other actors who appeared in this series include Claude Akins, Charles Bronson, Jesse White, James Dean, Vivi Janiss, Carolyn Jones, and Harry Lauter.

Treasury Men in Action finished at #27 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1952-1953 season and #15 for 1953-1954.[1] It appeared in reruns under the title of Federal Men.

In an interview with Kliph Nesteroff, assistant director Arthur Marks stated the show was shot at the same time and on the same sets as The Man Behind the Badge.[2]

References

  1. "ClassicTVHits.com: TV Ratings". www.classictvhits.com.
  2. Nesteroff, Kliph (April 15, 2012). "Classic Television Showbiz: An Interview with Arthur Marks".
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