Bat Masterson: Season 3, Episode 12

Death by Decree (22 Dec. 1960)

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Bat inherits a casino from an old enemy and soon discovers why. Upon arriving in town, he learns that the casino is $3000 behind in its mortgage payments and the previous owner was killed by the town marshal who owns the mortgage.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Marshal Corbett
June Blair ...
Constance Whitney
Justice Bradshaw
Leon Alton ...
Robert F. Simon ...
Harrison Whitney


Bat learns he has inherited the Full Moon Casino in Shotgun Falls, Wyoming from an old gambling buddy Eddie Moon. Upon arriving in Shotgun Falls, he checks with the Justice of Peace who confirms he is the legitimate inheritor of the casino which happens to be on prime property the railroad wants to buy. This puzzles Bat as Eddie Moon was no friend and a crooked gambler. As he approaches the boarded up casino he finds Marshal Corbett posting a notice. The owner has ten days to make a $3000 mortgage payment to keep the casino or it reverts to the mortgage holder - the Marshal and man who shot Eddie Moon. The witness to the shooting was the ever silent Bolo who enjoys whittling. Bat tries to pay with a personal check but Corbett won't accept it and there is no telegraph plus the bank is suddenly closed. Constance Whitney who works at the newspaper owned by her father Harrison asks to interview Bat. Asked about taking out an ad by Harrison, Bat has an idea. He runs an ad with Constance's ... Written by Anonymous

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22 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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[last lines]
Harrison Whitney: Amazing thing, Constance - the way his visit has affected the Clarion's circulation.
Constance Whitney: Mm-hmm. Mine, too.
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