Bat Masterson: Season 2, Episode 8

Death and Taxes (26 Nov. 1959)

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When an honest man is elected to be the town sheriff campaigning for fair taxes, the wealthy railroad owner ships his cash out of town to avoid paying his fair share. Bat provides the new sheriff with help to collect the taxes.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Susan Cummings ...
Lili Napoleon
Don Kennedy ...
Sheriff Tim Lockhart
John Holland ...
Charming Charlie Griswold
Frank J. Scannell ...
Gus (as Frank Scannell)
Fred Catania ...
Albert Hastings
Kenneth Alton ...
Deputy Ed Lauber (as Ken Alton)
Ken Christy ...
Jack LeMaire ...
Detective Shorty Mason


In 1883 at Hard Rock, Colorado Bat arrives hoping to make a deal with Miss Lili who owns a saloon there. Upon his arrival he encounters Charming Charlie Griswold who Bat knows but doesn't trust looking for a stake which Bat provides. Miss Lili is in a dinner honoring the new sheriff elected to collect the proper taxes from the businesses in town including the railroad. The owner of the railroad John Minor pleads near bankruptcy if forced to pay his taxes. Bat makes a gambling partnership with Miss Lili so he goes to the sheriff to obtain a gambling license. While there the sheriff mentions that Minor has moved his money from the bank to keep the sheriff from taking it. Bat provides some help based on his experience including the sheriff's right to look for cash but there is none. The train leaves early and Bat sees Griswald running for it. Bat overhears a telegraph message coming in and concocts a plan with the sheriff to seize the tax money. Written by Anonymous

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26 November 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the quote by founding father Benjamin Franklin: "The only things certain in life are death and taxes". See more »


William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: What about DeChalma?
Shorty Mason: Demanded a private room - the main room no less. Arrived about an hour ago with two gorgeous blondes, one on each arm, looking like a million dollars.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: I wonder whose.
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