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Northwest Passage is a 26-episode half-hour adventure television series produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer about Major Robert Rogers during the time of the French and Indian War. The show derived its title and the main characters Rogers, Towne, and Marriner from the 1937 novel of the same name by Kenneth Roberts, and from the 1940 MGM feature film based on the novel. The scope of the novel was much broader than that of the series, and the second half of the book included an historically based attempt by Rogers to find a water route through North America as a "passage" to the Pacific Ocean. This attempt, lending its name to the novel and used by Roberts as a metaphor for the questing human spirit, is referenced in the first episode.

One of the earlier series telecast in color, Northwest Passage aired new episodes on NBC from September 14, 1958, to March 13, 1959. Keith Larsen played the lead role; Buddy Ebsen, later the star of CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones, appeared as Sergeant Hunk Marriner, and Don Burnett co-starred as Ensign Langdon Towne.

Series Cast

  1. Buddy Ebsen

    Buddy Ebsen

    Sergeant Hunk Marriner

    26 Episodes

  2. Keith Larsen

    Keith Larsen

    Major Robert Rogers

    26 Episodes

  3. Yvette Vickers

    Yvette Vickers

    Molly Pruitt

    26 Episodes

  4. Philip Tonge

    Philip Tonge

    General Amherst

    26 Episodes

  5. Don Burnett

    Don Burnett

    Ensign Langdon Towne

    26 Episodes

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Season 1

1958 | 26 Episodes

Season 1 of Northwest Passage premiered on September 14, 1958.

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 60m, 30m

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