1950s western TV series featured a snake oil salesman named Trump...

catticusmockingbird

...who promised to build a wall in order to prevent the end of the world.




The television series Trackdown really did produce an episode featuring a “Trump” character who came to town claiming that only he could prevent the end of the world by building a wall (and also soldspecial force propelling umbrellas to deflect meteorites). The episode (S1, E30) aired on CBS in 1958 and was titled “The End of the World,” featuring actor Lawrence Dobkin playing the role of “Walter Trump.” A synopsis of the episode from the Classic TV Archive reads as follows:


Walter Trump, a confidence man, puts on a long robe and holds a tent meeting in the town of Talpa. He tells the townspeople that a cosmic explosion will rain fire on the town and that he is the only one that can save them from death. Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prove Trump is a fraud.While Dobkin appeared in at least three other episodes of Trackdown, this was the only occasion in which he portrayed the Walter Trump character

A relevant portion of dialog from this episode has been transcribed below:
Narrator: The people were ready to believe. Like sheep they ran to the slaughterhouse. And waiting for them was the high priest of fraud.
Trump: I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate.
Townperson: What do we do? How can we save ourselves?
Trump: You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I’m here to tell you.

A representative for MeTV, a Chicago network that airs reruns of Trackdown, confirmed that the episode was real. The rep said that the after Hoby tells Walter Trump that he is under arrest, the character gets shot by another character and may have been killed.


https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trackdown-trump-character-wall/

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Annie Deighnaugh

Life imitates art, eh?

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Joaniepoanie

You mean the last three years have been based on a TV show? Wouldn't be a surprise considering how much TV Donald watches.

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Lily316

Hopefully, the last few years were a sequel to the Apprentice and the big orange honcho will be fired and carted off to prison.

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dandyfopp

No tarring and feathering at the end? :-(

Prison is the perfect ending for the version we are having to live through.


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VedaBeeps SoCal 9b/10a(9b/10)

I just read a different article and laughed when I read one of Trump’s lines was “Be careful, son. I can sue you.”

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dandyfopp

Here is the clip.





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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

Holy Krap!....best line ---"You're under arrest trump!"....at least this trump gave up on a comb over.

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momj47(7A)

what's the link for your video, all I see is a blurred image

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momj47(7A)

Thanks

But nothing plays.

Does Vimeo require an account?

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momj47(7A)

What an uncanny resemblance


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dandyfopp

To upload yes, to watch, no.


Here is the tweet it came from, maybe you can watch it there.


https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/1083140191362048000

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d_gw

That is so prescient that it's creepy.

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sheesh(5b)

Not to change the subject, but on topic...In 1949 a movie named Border Incident starring Ricardo Montalban depicted migration on our southern border almost exactly the way it still is now. Human trafficking, smuggling, thieving escorts and American farm owners looking for cheap labor. Nothing new under the sun.

https://www.bing.com/search?pc=DOWI&form=AMZNS1&q=border+incident+1949

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marquest(PA zone 6)

I saw this on a show this week and remembered the stories they told how Kennedy and Lincoln death connected.

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

trump was 12 years old when this program was on TV, maybe he watched it and was inspired by this villain trump to make his life long career swindling people. He found it to be more rewarding to be the bad guy and not the sheriff but learned that it's a good idea to leave town just a bit earlier. nyuk

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momj47(7A)

Trafficking, you want trafficking?

Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America.

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momj47(7A)

I wonder if the writer,John D. Robinson, based his character on anyone?

TV writers are well versed in history, etc and no doubt, he would have been familiar with western characters like Frederick Trump

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