4 Family Adventure Classics [DVD]

At compiled and issued by the Echo Bridge Home Entertainment Label, this box set offers a quartet of family-friendly adventure yarns produced in various years. It opens with the 1991 Canadian made-for-television chronicle Lost in the Barrens, about an orphaned teenager and a tribal hunter who forge a close friendship while making their way through an inhospitable wilderness. The second installment, the 1994 Canadian direct-to-video saga Rugged Gold, stars L.A. Law's Jill Eikenberry as Martha Martin, a courageous woman forced to struggle for survival in the Alaskan wilderness when her lover and son go missing. 1976's Pony Express Rider constitutes a little-seen U.S. theatrical feature starring The Brady Bunch's Maureen McCormick, in the tale of a young man who joins The Pony Express with the hope that it will lead him to his father's killer. Finally, 1976's Baker Hawk, another seldom-seen theatrical outing from 1976, stars Clint Walker as Billy Baker, the socially ill-adjusted son of a political leader, who rescues an injured hawk and then befriends a town recluse (Burl Ives).
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Baker's Hawk
Baker's Hawk is an old-style Western starring old-style Clint Walker. Burl Ives plays a recluse plagued by vigilantes. Ives is protected by Walker and his son, Lee H. Montgomery, on the basis of the lad's friendship with the old man. Baker's Hawk is based on a novel by Jack Bickham. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Pony Express Rider
Designed for the regional family trade, Pony Express Rider is a fond harkback to the Saturday afternoon westerns of old. Stewart Paterson plays the title character, a young frontiersman hoping to avenge his father's death. He takes a job with the Pony Express mail service in hopes of running across his dad's murderer. The supporting cast is populated with such always-welcome reliables as Joan Caulfield, Henry Wilcoxon, Ken Curtis, Slim Pickens and Dub Taylor. Pony Express Rider was directed by Robert J. Totten, a specialist in episodic television horse operas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rugged Gold
In this outdoor adventure, a huge earthquake separates a mother from her family and forces her to embark upon a trek through the dangerous Alaskan wilderness in order to get back to them. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Lost in the Barrens
An orphaned white teen and a Cree Indian boy must put their differences aside to survive when they get lost together in the Canadian wilderness. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Clint Walker
    Clint Walker - Dan Baker
  • Burl Ives
    Burl Ives - Mr. McGraw
  • Diane Baker
    Diane Baker - Jenny Baker
  • Lee Montgomery
    Lee Montgomery - Billy Baker
  • Alan Young
    Alan Young - Mr. Carson
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