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The Men That Corrupted Hadleyburg 

Heyes and Curry are captured by a farm family and brought into Hadleyburg. The farmer wants the bounty money, but has a change of heart and helps them escape. That puts the farmer and his ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Harry Briscoe
Bess Tapscott
Matt Tapscott
Sheriff Bintell
Dave Garroway ...
Frederic Downs ...
Mr. Hanson, Prosecutor
Tommy Tapscott (as David Richard Gruner)
Daniel F. Martin ...
Jury Foreman


Heyes and Curry are captured by a farm family and brought into Hadleyburg. The farmer wants the bounty money, but has a change of heart and helps them escape. That puts the farmer and his wife into very hot water and make Heyes and Curry very ashamed. Help comes from detective Harry Briscoe, who's investigating a crooked gambling house in another town. Heyes goes to the house and plays blackjack, notices a marked deck at the start of the card game, and gets it replaced with an unmarked deck. He counts the cards in the old sharpie's trick and only making big bets when the deck is near the bottom and he can tell what he's likely to get on the last few hands. Briscoe watches incognito as Heyes wins $32,000. After realizing that Heyes is counting cards, the casino manager orders regular shuffles of the deck, at which time Heyes stops playing and reveals a collection of marked decks that the casino has hidden. Briscoe steps forward and busts the casino owner and dealer. With the money, ... Written by Peter Harris

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27 January 1972 (USA)  »

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This was the last episode of the series for which y Pete Duel portrayed Hannibal Hayes. Duel had committed suicide during the filming of the second season. In some scenes of this episode which Duel had already filmed, but in which the audio needed to be rerecorded before the episode could be completed, voice actor Paul Frees dubbed in the voice of Duel's character. Beginning with the next episode, the part of Hannibal Heyes was played by Roger Davis, who had provided the voice-over for the narration in the opening credits for the previous episodes. See more »

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Duel at Hadleyburg
29 July 2017 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Peter Duel's last episode is a terrific one, clever and full of great guests. It is a real tragedy that such a talented actor took his own life.

This time Hayes and Curry are captured by of all people, Wally Cox! Cox is a struggling homesteader who plans to use the reward money to help grubstake his small family and purchase some land. However as the family (including wife Sheree North) gets to know Hayes and Curry, they get to feeling guilty about their blood money and decide to help the two escape from the jail (with Sheriff Andy Devine!).

Hayes and the Kid escape but they learn the family is being prosecuted for aiding and abetting their escape. So they have to figure out how to help the family without once more getting caught.

The supporting cast really brings it in this episode. Andy Devine was made for westerns and gives this story a lot of authenticity. Fresh from playing the police chief on "McCloud", JD Cannon is great as a private investigator who is investigating a crooked gambling saloon. Casting Wally Cox was inspired. He shows levels to his performance and no sign of "Mr. Peepers". Dave Garroway shows how underutilized he was in a great turn as the judge. Gene Evans and Adam West also add to the veteran support.

And at the center of it all are Duel and Murphy. Their timing and chemistry is at the top of their game. Reportedly ABC refused producers' requests to cancel the show and forced them to continue production, now with Roger Davis (the series narrator!) to take over the role.

Davis tried gamely, and the scripts were still good, but the magic was gone and the show was canceled 17 episodes later.

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