‘The Skipper’ as ‘Casey Jones’

Gilligan’s Island fans, western lovers and train buffs, take special notice!

GetTV is now running Casey Jones, an obscure ‘50s western series starring the Skipper himself, Alan Hale Jr., in the title role of the legendary 19th Century railroad engineer.

The syndicated series ran originally for just one season (1957-1958) of 32 half-hour episodes. GetTV is showing two episodes every Saturday and Sunday at 1:45 pm ET.

Casey Jones, a real railway engineer from the same era, was immortalized in the folk song, “The Ballad of Casey Jones,” which served as the series theme song (but without its lyrics about Casey dying).

The cast of Casey Jones also included Bobby Clark as Casey Jr., Mary Lawrence as Casey’s wife Alice, a dog named Cinders, and Sierra Railway No. 3 as the Cannonball Express.

You can get GetTV free over the air by hooking an antenna to your TV set and finding your local station at “Get the Channel.” (GetTV is also available on the Philo and fuboTV streaming services, Dish satellite channel 373, and on cable in many markets.)

You can also stream all episodes of Casey Jones at Uncle Earl’s Classic TV Channel.

Strange Coincidence!

In another syndicated series during that very same 1967-1958 TV season, Beverly Garland played an NYC police woman named Casey Jones in Decoy! Filmed on location in the Big Apple, this one had 39 half-hour episodes; you can stream them for free, with ads, on The Roku Channel, Tubi or IMDb TV.

Many, if not all, of Decoy’s episodes are in the public domain, and here’s our favorite: “The First Arrest,'” with Casey looking back at her initial case — when she went undercover as an exotic dancer in a Coney Island sideshow:

(Top photo: Casey, Casey Jr. and Cinders in ‘Casey Jones.’ Source: GetTV)

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