Bat Masterson: Season 1, Episode 33

The Conspiracy: Part 2 (24 Jun. 1959)

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Bat discovers that a bartender serves as John Surratt in order to sell a scandalous story to the local newspaper. After Bat learns the truth, the bartender is found dead and the gambler is blamed for the murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Diane Brewster ...
Lynn Harrison / Lynn Surratt
Ned Ruggles
Arthur Shields ...
Dana Ruggles
Jerome Cowan ...
Jasper Salt
John Watson, Bartender
John Hart ...


In Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Crowbait Saloon Bat finds the man John Watson dead after hearing shots inside the saloon. He was the bartender and posing as John Surratt to sell a fake story to the young Ned Ruggles. Ned and two of his henchmen enter saying they witnessed Bat kill Watson even though Lynn Surratt denies he was involved. They send for the Sheriff who intends to arrest Bat but by saying he is reenacting the action, Bat escapes out a side door. Bat then pays a visit to Dana Ruggles to return his $10,000 and leave town but Dana convinces Bat to keep searching for the truth. Upon visiting Lynn at her home, Bat is told that John Surratt is still alive. Bat returns to Dana to finally return his money and tell him the truth. Bat surmises the stonecutter is Surratt. While Bat goes to get the stonecutter, Dana leaves to confront his son Ned at the paper. He realizes Ned killed Watson and Ned leads Dana to believe he will confess but instead knocks out Dana. A showdown involving Bat,... Written by Anonymous

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24 June 1959 (USA)  »

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Narrator: Cheyenne, Wyoming - the Crow Bit Saloon, a link to the name of the notorious John Surratt, only exonerated conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. John Surratt's name was to appear twice. First, Bat Masterson undertook to prevent the publishing of a false story that would rock the nation and affect the reputations of innocent people. A trumped-up story sold to the Cheyenne Clarion by a man named John Watson, posing as John Surratt, solely for the purpose of a fast fortune...
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