Bat's friend, Ellie Winters, is hired by promoters selling shares in their diamond mine. Although Ellie is convinced that the mine is legitimate, Bat investigates and discovers the owners are salting the mine with high-grade quartz.
Bat returns to mining town Leadville, Colorado to see Ellie Winters who he left abruptly earlier. However, he finds she is busy involved with a new diamond mine about three miles out of town which is selling stock to raise capital. Bat is instantly suspicious since North American diamond finds have been found to be nearly worthless but the owners of this mine are comparing the find to a renown South African mine. Bat buys one share in the mine for four dollars and visits the mine along with other prospective shareholders. The owners have brought a gem and mining specialist Dr. Harold Dunsmore to evaluate the mine. He and Bat both find diamonds. Next to the mine an old rebel Soda Smith has a camp threatening to kill anyone who comes on his property. Later, Bat visits the mine alone to sneak in but is discovered by the guards. He runs to Smith's camp who runs off the guards and later has a grave by his tent. When Ellie learns Bat is missing and from Dunsmore the mine is crooked, she ... Written by
Leadville - one of Colorado's more colorful mining camps. A town where the unexpected was the order of the day and where Bat Masterson "died" to prove to Ellie Winters that diamonds are not always a girl's best friend. From the life of Bat Masterson, the man who became a legend in his own time.
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This was not a bad little 30 minute TV show first shown in 1960. It involves a "diamond mine" in the old West. Bat Masterson runs into frequent flame Ellie Winters played by the beautiful Allison Hayes. Ellie is working for the owners of the diamond mine. The owners are selling shares to the local people (prospects-not prospectors) and have produced some "diamonds" to entice them to become investors. Ellie believes in the venture and talks it up to William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson played by Gene Kelley. Bat decides to invest (meagerly) and investigate the brilliance of this diamond mine. Those familiar with her know that Allison Hayes is a girl worth dieing for, and Bat is no exception.
This film shows Ms. Hayes acting skills as well as her comely features. She is not as enticing (nor as scantily attired) as she is in "The Undead" and "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman." If you want to see the more of the beautiful Ms. Hayes in her best form (as luscious Livia the witch), obtain a copy of the early Roger Corman film "The Undead."
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