When gunslingers employed by Sam Shanks terrorize the small New Mexico town of Eden, Bat is drafted to serve as a special prosecutor when one of Shank's men is to be tried for murder and the expected result is a not guilty verdict.
It is a sweltering period in the 1880s as Bat crosses an arid area in New Mexico. He reaches the small town of Eden hoping to rest, gamble, and dine perhaps with a beautiful companion. He arrives just after Whitey Crane murders a weaponless man in the streets in front of several witnesses including the beautiful Martha Yale who recently returned to Eden. Whitey is one of several men who work for Sam Shanks who runs the town with an iron fist. When Martha threatens to go to the territorial governor, Ron Daigle decides Whitey should be arrested and tried there. Once found not guilty he can't be tried again. The Sheriff presides as judge over essentially a kangaroo court. Disliking the prosecutor, he is knocked out by one of Shank's men. When Daigle threatens to harm Martha, Bat intercedes. Daigle decides Bat dressed in his fine city clothes should be the prosecutor. Bat initially refuses but ultimately decides to take n the task. When Sam Shanks threatens Bat and others, Bat decides a ... Written by
Eden, New Mexico in the 1880's: a small, isolated town sweltering in the grip of a sudden heat wave. For one lone traveler, for whom the town appeared an oasis, it instead proved to be as deadly as the heat. The traveler was Bat Masterson, the man who became a legend in his own time.
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Bat Masterson is in the New Mexico town of Eden, run by Sam Shanks, a vicious rancher with a crew of gunmen, one of whom has just murdered an innocent man. In order not to bring heat from the territorial governor, Shanks sets up a phony "trial" in which he will see that his man is found innocent. Bat finds himself appointed prosecutor, but Shanks and his gunmen aren't about to take a chance on their man being found guilty. This is a pretty run-of-the-mill episode, almost all of it shot on a cramped soundstage, and has a rushed look to it. The writing is nothing special, the acting by the mostly no-name cast is perfunctory, and the resolution is as expected. I've seen some pretty good "Bat Masterson" episodes, but this isn't one of them.
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