Bat Masterson: Season 1, Episode 17

License to Cheat (4 Feb. 1959)

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Bat sees a poker game break up when a player accuses the dealer of cheating. Bat learns that all the games in town are rigged with the Sheriff collecting a payoff so Bat tries to start an honest game but he is jailed and banned from cards.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Douglas Kennedy ...
Sheriff Jeb Crater
Ellie Winters
William Phipps ...
Ken Wills
Brett King ...
Hub Elliott
James Winslow ...
Stan Larson
Frank J. Scannell ...
Sandy (as Frank Scannell)
Jean Paul King ...
Curly - bartender
Moody Blanchard ...
Joel Riordan ...
Andy Albin ...


In October, 1879 at Mason City, Kansas Bat stops on his way to Dodge City at the Carson Saloon. He runs into an old friend Ellie Winters and watches a player Ken Wills arrested for claiming a dealer in a poker game was crooked. Bat learns from Ellie and the bartender that all the games in town are crooked. The dealers are all members of a protection racket where they pay Sheriff Jeb Crater. Bat buys a dealers' license to start an honest game but when he refuses to pay up, Bat is accused of cheating himself and thrown in jail. While incarcerated he teaches Willis how to beat the dealers at their own game. Bat is banned from playing cards but he makes an agreement with Willis to watch and help him for a fifty-fifty split. Bat taps his cane on the floor when he sees cheating. Willis is so successful that the sheriff hires a man to replace Bat's real cane with one filled with blasting powder. Written by David Bassler

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4 February 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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[last lines]
Ellie Winters: You still want to vary your diet?
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: You know, it's like riding a trail, Ellie. You leave it, cross it, forget it, but you always come back to it again someday.
Ellie Winters: Especially if you want to.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: I'll meet you where the trails cross.
Ellie Winters: That sounds like a song.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: It is. It's a good one.
[they kiss]
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Keep a light in the window, will you?
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