Bat Masterson: Season 2, Episode 4

Shakedown at St. Joe (29 Oct. 1959)

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While visiting St. Joseph, Missouri to see his former girlfriend, an up-and-coming soprano, Bat comes to the aid of a businessman who refuses to pay protection money but finds himself accused of being an enforcer for the racket.


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Episode cast overview:
Bruce Gordon ...
Jason Medford
Joan O'Brien ...
Dora Miller
Harvey Stephens ...
Judge Thatcher
House Peters Jr. ...
Tobias Manning
Frank Warren ...
Joe Guardino ...


In the 1880s Bat is visiting St. Joseph, Missouri. He spots a placard announcing that an old acquaintance Dora Miller will be singing that night. Bat buys a ticket to the box on the right side of the stage while Jason Medford occupies the box on the left side of the stage. At the end Medford gives a bouquet of flowers to Dora while Bat slips back stage to whisk her away for a taxi ride. While riding, they see a man being attacked by two men. Bat intervenes as Dora tells the taxi driver to leave quickly. Bat wakes up to find himself a prisoner charged with attacking the man he tried to save. At his arraignment Dora appears but when she sees Medford there she lies about being with Bat at the attack. Medford surprising Bat posts his bail. After they have dinner, Medford tells Bat he is to leave town with his two henchmen making sure he does. At the railroad station where they drop him, the Sheriff is waiting to arrest Bat - for murdering the man he saved. Bat escapes using his cane and ... Written by Anonymous

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29 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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[last lines]
[the audience enthusiastically cheers Dora's singing performance]
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Bravo! Bravo!
Dora Miller: Listen. They like me! They're applauding for me!
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: I've been trying to tell you, honey, you're good. On your own you're good - you never did need Medford.
[Dora returns to the stage to take a bow]
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: As a matter of fact, honey, I don't think you even need me.
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