Monday, June 15, 2020

Lawman (1962)

By 1962 Warner Brothers Television, which had flooded the ABC airwaves with a plethora of westerns and hip detective series in the late 1950s, was largely getting out of the westerns business as the genre's once dominant popularity was fading fast. Colt .45 had bit the dust in June 1960, Sugarfoot was jettisoned in 1961, and by the fall of 1962 Maverick, Bronco, and Lawman would join them on the junk heap. Only Cheyenne, Warner's first adult western debuting in 1955, would continue for one more abbreviated season consisting of 13 episodes that all ran in the fall of 1962, to be replaced by a new Warners western, The Dakotas, which would take its time slot and run for 19 episodes through mid-May of 1963. Though Cheyenne and Maverick were the bigger draws and have won greater acclaim, Lawman was the best of the bunch in tackling adult themes with unflinching honesty.

Of course, not every episode was a gem, and as we have mentioned in our two previous posts on the series, Warner Brothers' business model of recycling plots from its movie catalog as well as between its own series produced a number of shoddy retreads. A case in point is 1962's opening episode "The Locket" (January 7, 1962) in which a former employee of Lily returns to Laramie unconscious in a bushwhacked stagecoach followed by a man claiming to be her husband who turns out to be an outlaw searching for robbery spoils hidden by the woman's deceased husband. Even at 30 minutes, this episode drags to its too-obvious conclusion. But then the series embarks on a string of tales that undercut heroic ideals, the very foundation on which many westerns are built. 

"A Friend of the Family" (January 14, 1962) centers around a good friend of Johnny McKay's late father, Joe Henny, whom McKay had even called Uncle Joe though he was no blood relative. McKay runs across Henny when the latter is part of a bank-robbing gang that Troop and McKay foil, with Henny being captured in the aftermath. When McKay has to help Troop transport Henny to Cheyenne for trial, he lets his sympathies get the better of his judgment, which Henny exploits to his advantage by saying he was a victim of circumstances getting mixed up with the rest of the gang and constantly referring to himself as an old man. McKay's sympathy for Henny makes him let his guard down and allows Henny to escape, with Marshal Troop even accusing McKay of wanting him to escape, though he stops short of accusing McKay of conspiring with Henny. To atone for his error, McKay has to hunt down and eventually fatally shoot his "uncle," a stern lesson that a lawman can't play favorites with his captives. McKay gets another lesson in "The Tarnished Badge" (January 21, 1962) when former Laramie marshal Jess Bridges rides into town with two other men who pretend to be his prisoners but are actually there to help him rob the stage about to leave town. Troop is ready with hidden armed men lining the street, but when Bridges manages to escape with a bullet wound and McKay tracks him down in the wilderness, he again is too trusting and Bridges is able to take him prisoner by knocking him out with a rock to the head. Bridges is able to redeem himself somewhat after taking McKay to his hideout where his other two partners figure out McKay's true identity and force Bridges to choose between them and McKay. After all the outlaws wind up killing each other, McKay tells Troop that Bridges saved his life and that he was a good lawman, but clearly the man that McKay once idolized didn't live up to his reputation after turning in his badge.

Troop has a reckoning with one of his heroes in "The Long Gun" (March 4, 1962) when renowned Marshal Ben Wyatt shows up in Laramie and takes a hotel room overlooking the main street because he expects the brothers of an outlaw he killed to come looking for him, and he plans to shoot them down on sight. Troop says he can't allow such an extra-judicial killing to happen, but Wyatt says that Troop is powerless to stop him because he hasn't yet committed a crime. Troop then reveals that Wyatt was the man who inspired him to become a lawman himself, serving as Wyatt's deputy when he was just starting out. He asks when Wyatt became afraid of facing off against anyone, and Wyatt replies that the man Troop admired is dead. But while Wyatt ruminates, Troop throws his long rifle out into the street just as the brothers come riding up, and Wyatt is then forced to face off against them without cover, finally living up to the memory that Troop cherished of his bravery. Even though Wyatt has restored his standing, Troop has surely learned that even heroes have their weaknesses. 

The series also pokes fun at the myth of the western gunman in "No Contest" (February 4, 1962) with a recycled plot about an eastern tinhorn coming west and thinking it will be easy to live out the wild west fantasies he has read about in sensationalized news stories and pulp novels. But this episode gives the tread-worn plot a couple of twists in that the tinhorn is McKay's cousin, and he is the spitting image of Billy the Kid, which initially makes those who accidentally bump into him unusually willing to back down and apologize. The deference shown him makes the cousin, Jeff Allen, start to think that perhaps he could be a respected and feared gunman like his lookalike, so he purchases a gun and belt and begins practicing and then seems to seek out confrontation to put his new-found feeling of invincibility to the test, all the while ignoring McKay's warnings that gunfights in real life don't play out like they do in popular literature. It takes Troop, sensing that Allen is about to get his comeuppance from a boyfriend whose girl has been flirting with Allen, to slap some sense into him and then stare him down when he threatens to draw on Troop. Allen finally realizes his folly, but his epiphany is a little too quick to be convincing, even though the plot's larger point about the gap between wild west fiction and reality is still valid.

Speaking of tall tales of the wild west, perhaps the most unsettling episode with uncomfortable parallels today is "The Man Behind the News" (May 13, 1962) about newspaper publisher Luther Boardman who moves to Laramie from Kansas City and buys the local paper. His first act as publisher is to summon Troop and tell him how to do his job so that he can sensationalize it in his paper, and his office is lined with photos and pistols from famous outlaw gunman, a fetish of his. He even admits that he left Kansas City because it became too tame, and when Troop fails to play his game, he instigates a standoff between Troop and dim-witted gunman Mort Peters, goading Peters into believing that Troop has insulted and mistreated him and that he must demand satisfaction. Unable to convince either Boardman or Peters that they are being foolish, Troop finally gives them the standoff they want, only Peters is too inebriated to do any damage and gets a bullet in the shoulder from Troop while his own shot grazes Boardman trying to photograph the spectacle, and the newsman shows himself to be a complete coward despite his love of violence. While the story makes a valid point about the glorification of violence and the business of newspapers in selling copies and advertising, the story and characters are too farcical to have any real credibility, and setting up the press as "the enemy of the people" is a dangerous game--one might argue as dangerous as soliciting a gun battle.

Another episode with ironic contemporary parallels is "The Doctor" (May 6, 1962) in which Troop travels to Casper to bring back a hostile witness for a trial in Laramie. Along the way the stagecoach driver becomes very ill, and when examined by alcoholic former doctor Alexander Burrell, he is found to have the plague. Burrell says that they must quarantine themselves at the stage waystation between the two towns for four days, but his recommendation is met with anger by the other passengers. They try to discredit his opinion because of his alcoholism, and allow their own priorities--one woman is determined to get to Laramie on time to meet her future mail-order husband, afraid he will call the wedding off if she is late--to cloud their judgment. But Troop follows the science, or at least the possibility that the doctor is right, and orders everyone to stay put, though they nearly break out when he has to leave to chase down the delirious driver when the latter escapes out the window. At episode's end when the stage finally makes it to Laramie after the four-day delay, McKay tells Troop that there was a significant outbreak of plague in Casper but so far nothing has popped up in Laramie.

The series closes out its final episode, "The Witness" (June 24, 1962), with another tale about people using their own misguided priorities to upend another pillar of society--the legal system. When Nathan Adams returns home and finds his wife shot dead, he flies into a rage, and his sister-in-law Anna Prentiss invents a story about an intruder being the murderer, which sets Adams on a course of retribution. Meanwhile sketch artist Beebee Williams sees the situation as an opportunity to get revenge on rancher Jim Martin, who mistakenly identified Williams' brother as a bank robber years before with the brother being lynched by an angry mob. So Williams claims he saw Martin fleeing the scene at the time of the murder when he was actually out mending fences on his ranch with no one around to back his alibi. When Prentiss backtracks on the witness stand about being sure that Martin is the killer, he is acquitted, but this only prompts Adams to try to force him into a gunfight so that he can avenge his wife's death on his own terms. Once Troop learns from Martin the reason for Williams' animosity, he senses things do not add up and is finally able to get Prentiss to admit that she was the one who shot Adams' wife accidentally. When she relays this to Adams just before he is about to draw on Martin, Adams is shell-shocked at the mistake he nearly made and walks away stunned, while Williams also must face that he nearly caused the murder of a man who made an honest though tragic mistake. Rather than wallowing in extra-judicial revenge fantasies that have plagued television and the movies for decades, Lawman's Troop, while admittedly an unreal, larger-than-life hero, concludes by noting that people say revenge is sweet, but when Williams got just a whiff of it, it made him sick. While Lawman may not have had quite the savage realism of Sam Peckinpah's The Westerner nor the array of more fully developed characters found in Gunsmoke, it still holds up remarkably well for a western of its era, and certainly sits atop Warner Brothers' western universe.

All four seasons have been released on DVD by Warner Home Video.

The Actors

For the biographies for John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Clancy Cooper, Dan Sheridan, and Harry Cheshire, see the 1960 post on Lawman. For the biographies of Grady Sutton and Vinton Hayworth, see the 1961 post on Lawman.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 4, Episode 17, "The Locket": Robert Colbert (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1961 post on Maverick) plays incognito outlaw Breen. Julie Van Zandt (ex-wife of director Richard L. Bare) plays Lily's former employee Marcia Smith.

Season 4, Episode 18, "A Friend of the Family": Frank Ferguson (Gus Broeberg on My Friend Flicka, Eli Carson on Peyton Place, Judge Gurney on Temple Houston, and Dr. Barton Stuart on Petticoat Junction) plays friend of Johnny McKay's father Joe Henny. Gertrude Flynn (appeared in War and Peace, Rome Adventure, and Funny Girl and played Anna Sawyer on Days of Our Lives) plays bank customer Miss Selma. 

Season 4, Episode 19, "The Vintage": Kevin Hagen (John Colton on Yancy Derringer, Inspector Dobbs Kobick on Land of the Giants, and Dr. Hiram Baker on Little House on the Prairie) plays drunken brawler Kulp. Richard Reeves (Mr. Murphy on Date With the Angels) plays his friend Joe.

Season 4, Episode 20, "The Tarnished Badge": Lon Chaney, Jr. (shown on the right, starred in The Wolfman, Of Mice and Men, High Noon, The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Curse of Dracula, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, and many others, and played Chief Eagle Shadow on Pistols 'n' Petticoats and Chingachgook on Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans) plays former Laramie marshal Jess Bridges. Jackie Searl (child actor who appeared in Tom Sawyer (1930), Huckleberry Finn (1931), Alice in Wonderland (1933), Great Expectations(1934), and Little Lord Fauntleroy) plays his accomplice Slick. Marshall Reed (Inspector Fred Asher on The Lineup) plays another accomplice Jake.
Season 4, Episode 21, "No Contest": Richard Rogers (shown on the left, played Walter Tell on William Tell) plays Johnny's cousin Jeff Allen. Dawn Wells (Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan's Island) plays town flirt Elly Stratton. Guy Stockwell (brother of Dean Stockwell, starred in Beau Geste, It's Alive, and Airport 1975 and played Chris Parker on Adventures in Paradise) plays her boyfriend Jib Willis. 

Season 4, Episode 22, "Change of Venue": Philip Carey (shown on the right, starred in I Was a Communist for the FBI, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, Calamity Jane, Mister Roberts, Dead Ringer, and Three For Texas and played Lt. Michael Rhodes on Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers, Philip Marlowe on Philip Marlowe, Capt. Edward Parmalee on Laredo, and Asa Buchanan on One Life to Live) plays alleged killer Barron Shaw. Jan Shepard (appeared in King Creole, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style and played Nurse Betty on Dr. Christian) plays conspirator Madelyn Chase. Roy Barcroft (Col. Logan on The Adventures of Spin and Marty and Roy on Gunsmoke) plays his prisoner guard Luke Tennant. Larry J. Blake (played the unnamed jailer on Yancy Derringer and Tom Parnell on Saints and Sinners) plays concerned citizen Mr. Parker. 

Season 4, Episode 23, "The Holdout": Arch Johnson (shown on the left, starred in Somebody Up There Likes Me, G.I. Blues, and The Cheyenne Social Club and played Gus Honochek on The Asphalt Jungle and Cmdr. Wivenhoe on Camp Runamuck) plays vigilante leader Logan. Larry Ward (Marshal Frank Ragan on The Dakotas) plays storekeeper Blake Stevens. Addison Richards (starred in Boys Town, They Made Her a Spy, Flying Tigers, and The Deerslayer and played Doc Calhoun on Trackdown and Doc Landy on The Deputy) plays town council leader Ben Thurston. 

Season 4, Episode 24, "The Barber": William Fawcett (shown on the right, played Clayton on Duffy's Tavern, Marshal George Higgins on The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, and Pete Wilkey on Fury) plays original Laramie barber Ed Carruthers. Wendell Holmes (appeared in Good Day for a Hanging, Because They're Young, Elmer Gantry, and The Absent Minded Professor) plays bank robber Frank MacStrowd. Gail Bonney (Goodwife Martin on Space Patrol and Madeline Schweitzer on December Bride) plays homesteader's wife Mrs. Wilson. Owen Bush (Ben on Shane, John Belson on Sirota's Court, and Crimshaw on Our House) plays homesteader Will Puffin.

Season 4, Episode 25, "The Long Gun": John Dehner (shown on the left, played Duke Williams on The Roaring '20's, Commodore Cecil Wyntoon on The Baileys of Balboa, Morgan Starr on The Virginian, Cyril Bennett on The Doris Day Show, Dr. Charles Cleveland Claver on The New Temperatures Rising Show, Barrett Fears on Big Hawaii, Marshal Edge Troy on Young Maverick, Lt. Joseph Broggi on Enos, Hadden Marshall on Bare Essence, and Billy Joe Erskine on The Colbys) plays renowned lawman Marshal Ben Wyatt. Robert "Buzz" Henry (starred in Buzzy Rides the Range, Buzzy and the Phantom Pinto, and Mr. Celebrity) plays one of his victim's brothers. George Dunn (Jessie Williams on Cimarron City and the Sheriff on Camp Runamuck) plays hunter Ed Love.

Season 4, Episode 26, "Clootey Hutter": Virginia Gregg (shown on the right, starred in Dragnet, Crime in the Streets, Operation Petticoat and was the voice of Norma Bates in Psycho and the voice of Maggie Belle Klaxon on Calvin and the Colonel) plays widow rancher Clootey Hutter. Jack Elam (Deputy J.D. Smith on The Dakotas, George Taggart on Temple Houston, Zack Wheeler on The Texas Wheelers, and Uncle Alvin Stevenson on Easy Street) plays her suitor Paul Henry. Jack Hogan (starred in The Bonnie Parker Story, Paratroop Command, and The Cat Burglar and played Kirby on Combat!, Sgt. Jerry Miller on Adam-12, Chief Ranger Jack Moore on Sierra, and Judge Smithwood on Jake and the Fatman) plays his brother Earl. Justin Smith (appeared in The Jazz Singer, Wild on the Beach, and The Candidate) plays busybody Ed Cramer.

Season 4, Episode 27, "Heritage of Hate": Roy Roberts (Capt. Simon P. Huxley on The Gale Storm Show, Admiral Rogers on McHale's Navy, John Cushing on The Beverly Hillbillies, Mr. Cheever on The Lucy Show, Frank Stephens on Bewitched, Norman Curtis on Petticoat Junction, and Mr. Botkin/Bodkin on Gunsmoke) plays vengeful rancher John Kemper. Ken Mayer (Maj. Robbie Robertson on Space Patrol) plays his ranch hand Moss. Kathie Browne (shown on the left, played Angie Dow on Hondo and was Darren McGavin's second wife) plays Kemper's daughter-in-law Laurie. William Joyce (Kellam Chandler on Days of Our Lives) plays ex-con Bill Fells. Frank Albertson (starred in Alice Adams, Man Made Monster, and It's a Wonderful Life and played Mr. Cooper on Bringing Up Buddy) plays impressionable citizen Henry Bildy. Grace Albertson (second wife of Frank Albertson, played Ethel Robinson on Our Private World) plays his wife Sarah.

Season 4, Episode 28, "Mountain Man": Med Flory (shown on the right, played clarinet in the Ray Anthony orchestra and founded and played alto sax in the group Super Sax, appeared in Gun Street, The Nutty Professor (1963), and The Gumball Rally, and played Sheriff Mike McBride on High Mountain Rangers) plays amorous mountain man Lex Buckman. William Fawcett (see "The Barber" above) returns as barber Ed Carruthers. Rusty Wescoatt (Joe the bartender on Trackdown) plays a blacksmith.

Season 4, Episode 29, "The Bride": William Mims (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays con man Frank Farnum. Jo Morrow (appeared in Gidget, Our Man in Havana, and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver) plays his niece Melanie Wells. L.Q. Jones (Beldon on The Virginian, Sheriff Lew Wallace on The Yellow Rose, and Nathan Wayne on Renegade) plays wealthy rancher Ollie Earnshaw. Harry Strang (played the sheriff on The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin) plays stage driver Ed Lecky.

Season 4, Episode 30, "The Wanted Man": Marie Windsor (shown on the left, starred in Outpost in Morocco, Dakota Lil, Cat-Women of the Moon, Swamp Women, and The Day Mars Invaded Earth) plays pregnant wife Ann Jesse. Jan Stine (Roger on The Donna Reed Show and Eddie on The Virginian) plays her son Ben. Dick Foran (Fire Chief Ed Washburne on Lassie and Slim on O.K., Crackerby!) plays her fugitive husband Frank. Alan Baxter (appeared in Saboteur, Close-Up, Judgment at Nuremberg, and Paint Your Wagon) plays bounty hunter Joe Street. Ralph Moody (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Rifleman) plays Laramie physician Doc Greer.

Season 4, Episode 31, "Sunday": Richard Evans (Paul Hanley on Peyton Place) plays captured killer Billy Deal. Andrew Duggan (shown on the right, played Cal Calhoun on Bourbon Street Beat, George Rose on Room for One More, Major Gen. Ed Britt on 12 O'Clock High, and Murdoch Lancer on Lancer) plays Dakota outlaw Frank Boone. Owen Orr (Wally Blanchard on No Time for Sergeants) plays his henchman Jim Young. Robert "Buzz" Henry (see "The Long Gun" above) plays his henchman Wid.

Season 4, Episode 32, "The Youngest": Olive Carey (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Lock Up) plays bully matriarch Ma Martin. Joseph Gallison (appeared in All the Young Men, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, and PT 109 and played Bill Matthews on Another World and Dr. Neil Curtis on Days of Our Lives) plays her youngest son Jim, Jr. 

Season 4, Episode 33, "Cort": Kevin Hagen (shown on the left, see "The Vintage" above) plays terminally ill Cort Evers. Harry Carey, Jr. (starred in Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Mister Roberts, and The Searchers and played Bill Burnett on The Adventures of Spin and Marty) plays his brother Mitch. Ralph Moody (see "The Wanted Man" above) plays Laramie physician Doc Jessup. 

Season 4, Episode 34, "The Doctor": Whit Bissell (starred in He Walked by Night, Creature From the Black Lagoon, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, and Hud and played Bert Loomis on Bachelor Father, Calvin Hanley on Peyton Place, and Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk on The Time Tunnel) plays alcoholic former doctor Alexander Burrell. Sherwood Price (Gen. Jeb Stuart on The Gray Ghost) plays hostile witness Will Evans. Charles Lane (appeared in The Milky Way, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Lady Is Willing, The Music Man, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and The Gnome-Mobile and played Mr. Fosdick on Dear Phoebe, Homer Bedloe on Petticoat Junction, Foster Phinney on The Beverly Hillbillies, Dale Busch on Karen, and Judge Anthony Petrillo on Soap) plays his attorney Morris Weeks. Eloise Hardt (shown on the right, played Karen Hadley on The Dennis O'Keefe Show) plays bride-to-be Cissy Lawson. Harry Strang (see "The Bride" above) plays stage driver Randy Whedon.

Season 4, Episode 35, "The Man Behind the News": Clinton Sundberg (appeared in The Kissing Bandit, The Barkleys of Broadway, In the Good Old Summertime, and Annie Get Your Gun) plays newspaper publisher Luther Boardman. Hal Baylor (Jenkins on Rawhide and Mercury on Batman) plays gunman Mort Peters. Peggy Mondo (shown on the left, played Mama Vitale on To Rome With Love) player Peters' girlfriend Flora. 

Season 4, Episode 36, "Get Out of Town": Bill Williams (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Assignment: Underwater) plays casino owner Jim Bushrod. John Hubbard (starred in One Million, B.C., The Mummy's Tomb, and What's Buzzin', Cousin? and played Mr. Brown on The Mickey Rooney Show, Col. U. Charles Barker on Don't Call Me Charlie, and Ted Gaynor on Family Affair) plays his partner Sy. Tim Graham (Homer Ede on National Velvet) plays Laramie's top businessman Amos Hall. Tom London (starred in Six-Shootin' Sheriff, Song of the Buckaroo, and Riders in the Sky)  plays his employee Pete. Clyde Howdy (Hank Whitfield on Lassie) plays bank teller Joe.

Season 4, Episode 37, "The Actor": John Carradine (shown on the left, starred in Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, The Ten Commandments, and Sex Kittens Go to College and played Gen. Joshua McCord on Branded) plays alcoholic actor Geoffrey Hendon. Mary Anderson (starred in Bahama Passage, The Song of Bernadette, and Lifeboat and played Catherine Harrington on Peyton Place) plays his pursuer Martha Carson. Warren J. Kemmerling (Judge Rense on How the West Was Won) plays her husband Bill. Harry Harvey (Sheriff Tom Blodgett on The Roy Rogers Show, Mayor George Dixon on Man Without a Gun, and Houghton Stott on It's a Man's World) plays physician Dr. Wilson.

Season 4, Episode 38, "Explosion": Gary Vinson (Chris Higbee on The Roaring '20's, George Christopher on McHale's Navy, and Sheriff Harold Skiles on Pistols 'n' Petticoats) plays head injury victim Jess Billings. Denver Pyle (Ben Thompson on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Grandpa Tarleton on Tammy, Briscoe Darling on The Andy Griffith Show, Buck Webb on The Doris Day Show, Mad Jack on The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, and Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard) plays his attacker Sam Brackett. Gilman Rankin (Deputy Charlie Riggs on Tombstone Territory) plays Brackett associate Paul Dales. John Qualen (appeared in The Three Musketeers(1935), His Girl Friday, The Grapes of Wrath, Angels Over Broadway, Casablanca, Anatomy of a Murder, and A Patch of Blue) plays Laramie physician Doc Shay. Marie Blake (shown on the right, appeared in Love Finds Andy Hardy, Li'l Abner, and Mourning Becomes Electra, played Sally the receptionist in 14 Dr. Kildare and Dr. Gillespie features, and played Nurse Tacky on Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal and Grandmama on The Addams Family) plays homesteader's wife Mrs. Murdoch.

Season 4, Episode 39, "Jailbreak": Peter Breck (Clay Culhane on Black Saddle, Doc Holliday on Maverick, and Nick Barkley on The Big Valley) plays jailed outlaw Pete Bole. Pamela Austin (shown on the left, starred in Hootenanny Hoot, Kissin' Cousins, and The Perils of Pauline) plays his girlfriend Little Britches. James Griffith (Aaron Adams on Trackdown and Deputy Tom Ferguson on U.S. Marshal) plays jailbreak planner Heracles Snead. Frank Ferguson (see "A Friend of the Family" above) plays Casper Sheriff Howard Callaghan. Mickey Simpson (Boley on Captain David Grief) plays Snead henchman Murph.

Season 4, Episode 40, "The Unmasked": Dabbs Greer (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Gunsmoke) plays hotel owner Joe Brockaway. Angela Greene (Tess Trueheart on Dick Tracy) plays his wife Marian. Charles Maxwell (Special Agent Joe Carey on I Led 3 Lives and was the voice of the radio announcer on Gilligan's Island) plays ex-Confederate bounty hunter Samuel Davidson. Barry Atwater (Dr. John Prentice on General Hospital) plays his partner Carter Banks. Jack Albertson (starred in Days of Wine and Roses, Kissin' Cousins, The Flim-Flam Man, and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and played Lt. Harry Evans on The Thin Man, Walter Burton on Room for One More, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Stoner on Ensign O'Toole, Paul Fenton on Mister Ed, and Ed Brown on Chico and the Man) plays elixir salesman Doc Peters.

Season 4, Episode 41, "The Witness": Morgan Woodward (shown on the left, see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays vengeful widower Nathan Adams. Sarah Selby (Aunt Gertrude on The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure, Lucille Vanderlip on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Miss Thomas on Father Knows Best, and Ma Smalley on Gunsmoke) plays his sister-in-law Anna Prentiss. Jay Novello (Juan Greco on Zorro and Mayor Mario Lugatto on McHale's Navy) plays sketch artist Beebee Williams. John Agar (starred in Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Sands of Iwo Jima, Woman of the North Country, Revenge of the Creature, The Mole People, and Attack of the Puppet People) plays rancher Jim Martin.

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