When Bat learns that a man sporting a derby and a cane and claiming to be "Bat Masterson" has set himself up as sheriff of Trinidad, Colorado, he immediately rides there to investigate to protect his name.
In May 1883 at Silver City, Nevada Bat is playing cards when he stops the drunk bully Keely picking on a drummer. When Bat is introduced to the drummer, the drummer says he met a different Bat Masterson who is the sheriff at Trinidad, Colorado. Wanting to protect his reputation, Bat rides there and registers under the name Mr. Roberson. He sees an old friend Jessie Simmons in the hotel who tells him who the sheriff really is and that he has two deputies. Bat decides to go to the sheriff's office but is stopped at the door by one of the deputies who he quickly controls. He asks the sheriff for a deputy job saying he had experience at Dodge City. The sheriff knows something is up but he doesn't want to spoil his plan by killing Bat. Bat is left to determine what the sheriff is after but more importantly a way to stop him. Written by
Silver City, Nevada. May 1883. The only thing more important to Bat Masterson than winning a bet was his name and reputation. An adventure from the life of the colorful figure who became a legend in his own time.
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This was one good episode. Gene Barry at this point of playing the beloved character of 'Bat' Masterson was fitting and adjusting nicely to the role. I like the way Barry portrayed 'Bat'. Calm, cool, charming, confident and somewhat cocky. But then again he could "walk the walk and talk the talk" per say. Being a great gunfighter and really good at fighting fist to fist and really good with that cane of his! All this and a Ladies man too! I always wonder how Barry would have made out as The Avenger's John Steed role or at least have had him as a guest star on that show battling Patric Macnee's Steed. we shall never know..
Anyways, back to this wonderful episode, it has Masterson going to investigate rumors of someone impersonating to be 'Bat' Masterson! And the late Lance Fuller as 'Chad Hornsby/Fake 'Bat', did a great job. He personified what 'Bat' would of or could have been , had he been evil and a bad guy! Just chilling. I like how Fuller's 'Bat' looked like a snake or lizard ready to strike per say. His scenes with Barry were priceless. There's a wonderful "Cane Showdown Fight" at the end, a total classic!
The late Richard Reeves and the always great Richard Bakalyan played Fuller's thug henchmen. They both did a great job. They both had real good confrontation scenes with Barry's 'Bat' that were serious and funny at the same time.
The lovely late Yvette Vickers played Jessie Simmons, a lady-friend of Barry from the past, who gives him the lowdown on the fake 'Bat'. And supports him and anyway she can without provoking the fake 'Bat'.
All in all a great ,great episode. One of my favorites so far! I'm am so happy to see this wonderful classic series in it's entirety for the 1st time! Can't wait to finish it!
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