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A doctor in a western town once stood trial for the murder of his wife. Despite acquittal, he is still believed guilty by the townspeople.


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Cast overview:
Doc Whitaker
Jimi Miller ...
Jody Logan
Jesus 'Chuey' Sanchez Jr. ...
Luis Martinez
Lance Roselle


In the 1800's, just after the Civil War, Luis moves with his family from Mexico to Val Verde, Texas. There he befriends Jody, the local Sheriff's son, and they embark on a number of mischievous jaunts with other friends from school. The group befriends Doc Whitaker, a stranger who recently returned from the war where he served as a doctor. He was accused of killing his wife before the war, and even though Doc was acquitted, the townspeople continue to believe he was guilty of the crime. When a person from town goes missing, Doc Whitaker is accused and put in jail. The boys attempt a daring jailbreak, and in the end the truth about Doc and the missing person comes out. Written by Luis and Jody

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Drama | Western





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The Children's West  »

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Originally shown in three parts on the National Educational Television series "What's New" in 1969 and re-telecast on that program in 1970-71 as "The Children's West". See more »

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6 December 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Produced and directed by Earl J. Miller, "A Stranger in Town" probably hasn't been seen in over 40 years, particularly unfortunate since it contains one of the last performances of an ailing Lon Chaney. Originally broadcast in three parts on the National Educational Television series WHAT'S NEW, it was repeated on the same show two years later under a new title, "The Children's West" (NET ceased operations after 1972, in business since 1958). Filming took place in Brackettville Texas, where Chaney 'really had a ball with those kids,' all students from the University of Texas, in a Western storyline in which he played Doc Whitaker, recently returned from the Civil War, still haunted by the death of his wife, for which he was acquitted but remains under suspicion. When someone goes missing, Whitaker is naturally accused and put behind bars, leaving his young allies free to attempt to clear his name once and for all. The thoughtful contributions of certain cast members involved with this production provide what little insight we have on the making of this still lost telefilm. At this time, there remains one other lost Chaney performance from the 1960s, the 1961 release "Rebellion in Cuba."

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