Bat Masterson: Season 3, Episode 3

Bat Trap (13 Oct. 1960)

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Midas Creek hires Bat to run their annual shooting contest. The council believe that the local bully will generally do anything in his power to win the contest. When the local gunsmith wins, it's the thug's rifle vs. Bat's pistol.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rance Fletcher (as Lon Chaney)
Maggie Pierce ...
Amber Mason
Frank Ferguson ...
Dick Pierce
Dick Ryan ...
Burt Mason
Robin Riley ...
Jack Ging ...
Billy Webb


The annual Midas Creek Turkey Shoot has become a farce due to the town bully Rance Fletcher doing anything each year to ensure he wins the contest. To clean up the contest the City Council hires Bat. He signs up the contestants using their random pulling of a card from a deck to determine their shooting order. People are opting to enter the now honest contest including Billy Webb who wants to use the prize money to marry beautiful Amber Mason who is infatuated with the gentlemanly Bat. Bat is forced to fight Rance to stop his antics. When they get to the final round of the shootout, Rance, Billy and gunsmith Dick Pierce are tied. Before the final round Rance catches Billy after a fight with Amber without his rifle in hand. Rance runs Billy off and busts his rifle. Pierce can't fix the rifle but he loans one to Billy. Before the final round, the crowd is shooting guns randomly so Rance takes the opportunity to wing Billy in the shoulder eliminating him. Pierce is able to beat Rance in ... Written by Anonymous

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13 October 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The episode was a reunion of sorts for Lon Chaney Jr. and Frank Ferguson, both of whom co-starred in the classic horror-comedy "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." See more »


Narrator: The Annual Midas Creek Turkey Shoot was no trivial affair. And because of his reputation, the Town Council sent for a man both fearless and fair to run the shooting match. Bat Masterson - the man who became a legend in his own time.
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Lon Chaney still a formidable villain
5 January 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Third episode from season 3, "Bat Trap" presents veteran Western heavy Lon Chaney as Rance Fletcher, a brutal sharpshooter who runs afoul of Bat Masterson (Gene Barry), currently in charge of judging a turkey shoot, keeping things honest. Challenging Bat to a scuffle in the street, the defeated Fletcher decides to win by more devious methods, preying on the jealousy of young Billy Webb (Jack Ging), and later putting a bullet in his shoulder. A close decision goes to Dick Pierce (Frank Ferguson), forcing the vengeful Fletcher to bait a trap through the cowardly kidnapping of Billy Webb's fiancée, Amber Mason (Maggie Pierce). The final showdown even features the infrequent use of Bat's cane gun. By 1960, the pot-bellied, alcoholic Chaney was 54 years old, and needed an obvious stunt double for his fight with Gene Barry, yet still remained a formidable villain. Attractive Maggie Pierce had a busy TV career lasting from 1959 to 1967 (co-starring in MY MOTHER, THE CAR), with occasional movie roles such as Vincent Price's daughter in the "Morella" segment of 1962's Roger Corman Poe feature "Tales of Terror."

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