Bat Masterson: Season 2, Episode 14

A Picture of Death (14 Jan. 1960)

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When Hugh Blaine bets $50,000 that all four hooves of a racehorse are off the ground at once, he agrees to pay Bat 10% of the bet to supply proof. Bat hires a man to take photographs of the trotter in action, but the pictures are stolen.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Donald Woods ...
Roger Purcell
Billie Tuesday
Howard Petrie ...
Hugh Blaine
John Hart ...
Perry Cook ...
Dennis Moore ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Judge Smith
Charles Calvert ...
Judge Morse


In Tucson, Arizona after winning a sulky horse race Bat is approached by Roger Purcell and Hugh Blaine who have made a bet for $50,000 over whether all four hooves of a trotter are off the ground at once. Blaine has three days to prove it true. Lost for a way to prove it, Blaine offers Bat ten percent if he can prove his side. Bat tries various experts but when he receives a victory photo from the race, he realizes a camera might catch the proof. He talks to the photographer Casey who says a camera might catch it but one camera might take a long time. Bat suggests they try ten cameras. Meanwhile, Purcell is summoned by Billie Tuesday to whom he owes $50,000. She offers to cover his debts if he marries her. When Purcell learns what Bat is up to, he sends his henchmen to steal the plates but they fail. He then talks Billie into stealing the plates from the photographer. However, Bat finds Casey shot by Billie setting up a confrontation between Bat, Billie, and Purcell that does not go ... Written by Anonymous

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14 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Hugh, here's your evidence.
Hugh Blain: I don't know how I'll ever be able to thank you, Bat.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: The fact is, you can't. I know Purcell can't pay off, so ten percent of zero is zero.
Hugh Blain: You saved me fifty thousand dollars and ten percent of that is five thousand. There it is.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Mr. Blaine, I like the way you think - and pay off.
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