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A 1950s TV Western Inadvertently Predicts Donald Trump and His Wall

trackdownby Legendary Lew

The 1950s TV series “Trackdown” is about to be pulled from the obscurity of an ocean of TV westerns airing in the 1950s and 60s to conspiracy theory heaven.

One episode of the show, “The End of the World,” airing in 1958 was discovered by Marcy Brafman to have some strange unintentional connections to today’s politics.

In the episode, a traveling huckster named Trump (played by Lawrence Dobkin) warns the villagers of a Texas town that the Earth’s end is near unless they follow his advice–building a wall around their homes!

Further deepening the creepy factor is that Dobkin’s character has a slight resemblance to the president-elect’s father, Fred Trump, about whom Woody Guthrie wrote a scathing tune. That song is “Old Man Trump” and has a reference to “Trump’s Tower.”

(l.to r.) Lawrence Dobkin playing "Trump" and the real Fred Trump

(l.to r.) Lawrence Dobkin playing “Trump” and the real Fred Trump

 

Watch the condensed version of the show below. The TV show Trump was stopped by Texas Ranger Toby Gilman (Robert Culp), but in the deepest of ironies, television boosted another one to the highest office in the land.

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