Bat Masterson: Season 2, Episode 31

A Grave Situation (12 May 1960)

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After Bat's good friend and railroad tycoon Hugh Blaine is conned in a complex land and cattle swindle, Blaine hires Bat to get his money back and bring the crooks to justice. However, Bat ends up digging his own grave.


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Episode cast overview:
Lemuel Carstairs
Howard Petrie ...
Hugh Blaine
Lance Fuller ...
Peggy Knudsen ...
Jack Harris ...


In the early 1880s near Denver, Colorado Bat is with his long time friend and railroad tycoon Hugh Blaine on a trip to examine the ranch and cattle Blaine bought. The 20,000 acre ranch with 9,000 head of cattle is an investment for Blaine. Upon arriving at the ranch Bat and Blaine are told by Blaine's secretary David that there are only 200 head of cattle and the buildings have been stripped. Blaine returns to the real estate agent Lemuel Carstairs who sold him the ranch to cancel the deal. Carstairs says the seller is gone with the money and he has taken his commission. Meanwhile, Bat is dealing faro but losing gambler Powers implies Bat is cheating so Bat kicks him out. As Bat expects, Blaine comes to him for help. Bat holds out for a fee of $1000 to take the job. He visits Carstairs office saying he wants to use his winnings to buy a ranch and cattle. Carstairs indicates he might have a deal as Bat expects. Hoping to gain access to Carstairs affairs, Bat takes his beautiful blonde ... Written by Anonymous

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12 May 1960 (USA)  »

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William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: You tired of playing cowboy?
Hugh Blaine: Me? I'm a businessman, not a rancher. I'd be bored to death.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Ah, you're right. A shoemaker should stick to his lasts. As for me, Hugh, I'm staying with gambling.
Hugh Blaine: That's no business.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: With me it is. The cheaters are fewer and easier to spot.
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