Sergeant Preston of the Yukon

Challenge of the Yukon

Paul Sutton

Born on May 14, 1910 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Died on January 31, 1970 in Ferndale, Michigan of muscular dystrophy


ABC, MBS, 1947-1955

Originally named "Challenge of the Yukon," this 30-minute juvenile adventure series was created by George W. Trendle and written by Fran Striker. The named changed in 1951. The heroes were Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead dog, Yukon King, who was so important a part of the show that it is often referred to by his name. Paul Sutton was the first Sergeant Preston, although Brace Beemer, who was also The Lone Ranger, played the part for the last year of the show. Fred Foy was the first announcer, but was replaced by Jay Michael early in the run. Foy returned to the show whe Beemer assumed the lead role. The best known of the many premiums offered was a deed to "One Square Ince of Yukon Land." The music was the Donna Diana Overture by Von Reznicek.