Bat Masterson: Season 3, Episode 30

Dead Man's Claim (4 May 1961)

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When a new silver strike is made in Monument City, Nevada, Bat returns to the former ghost town to check on his four year old claim and finds two claim jumpers are prepared to shoot first and ask questions later.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Charles Maxwell ...
Harvey Mason
Ann Elkins (as Taffy Paul)
Tyler McVey ...
Vernon Ellwood
Frank J. Scannell ...
Hecky Henderson (as Frank Scannell)
Craig Duncan ...
Clay Adams
Chuck Webster ...
Judd Elkins
Nick Nicholson ...
Man with Stolen Claim
Ken Tilles ...
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A new silver strike at Monument City, Nevada has Bat returning there to see if his four year old claim has any value. He stops at the Claims Office to rekindle a friendship with Vernon Ellwood who runs it. Ellwood tells Bat claim jumpers may have stolen his claim. At the claim site Bat finds new claim markers and two men, Harvey Mason and Clay Adams ready to shoot him in front of everyone. Luckily an old friend Judd Elkins comes by to stop them. He is on his way to file a new claim that is next to the new silver strike. He owns the hotel run by his niece Ann Elkins who was a little girl the last time Bat saw her. While she joins Bat to check his claim, Mason and Adams come into the hotel to apologize to Judd who leaves with them for a drink. Upon returning to Monument City Bat and Ann see a big fire in town. It is the Claims Office on fire. Bat is able to remove Judd's body from the office but none of the claims are saved. Bat with the help of Ann and Ellwood sets a trap to catch the ... Written by Anonymous

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4 May 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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[after Judd rescues Bat from a pair of claim jumpers, Bat relieves the crooks of their pistols]
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Thanks, Judd. Looks like you saved my life.
Judd Elkins: You have nine lives, Bat. The main thing is we saved your claim.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Well, if my claim doesn't prove out, I can always open a gunshop.
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