Bat Masterson: Season 3, Episode 11

A Time to Die (15 Dec. 1960)

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Bat returns to Casper, Wyoming to testify at a murder trial. He learns that all the other witnesses are either dead or are afraid to testify and the father of the man under arrest intends to eliminate the last witness



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Episode complete credited cast:
Howard C. Smith
William Tannen ...
Sheriff Geary
Jackie Searl ...
Mr. O'Brien (as Jack Searl)
Art Stewart ...
Old Man
Lisa Anders


In August 1884 as Bat stops for a drink his horse warns him when an Indian tries to sneak up behind Bat to kill him but Bat is able to kill him with his own knife. Bat takes the body into Casper, Wyoming after he passes the Good Fortune Saloon on the sand bar jutting into the Platte River. The saloon owned by wealthy Howard C. Smith is deserted in the summer but busy during the snowy winters of Wyoming. At Casper Sheriff Geary tells Bat he is the only witness left to testify at Smith's son's trial for the murder of Bat's friend who was winning big in a poker game. One witness is dead of two bullets and the rest lost their memories. At the hotel Bat receives a note telling him to come to the Good Fortune Saloon on a matter of life and death. On the way out he meets Lisa Anders who is hoping to see him again. At the saloon Bat sees an old man carving Bat's tombstone with his death on August 12, 1884. Smith tries to bribe Bat to leave but Bat turns him down. That evening Bat finds his ... Written by Anonymous

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15 December 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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