Bat Masterson: Season 1, Episode 29

The Death of Bat Masterson (20 May 1959)

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Bat returns to the small mining town Bonanza, Colorado to withdraw his earnings from a cattle drive. He discovers he is dead and buried and his "widow" has probated his will and withdrawn the entire $20,000 from his account.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Fontana
Nellie Fontana
Willard Waterman ...
Bank Manager
A.J. Mulcaney, Undertaker
Sam Buffington ...
Judge D. B. Hodie
George Cisar ...


In 1882 Bat returns to the once prosperous silver mining town of Bonanza, Colorado to close out his bank account. He deposited $20,000 there a year ago after completing a cattle drive. At the bank he is told the account is closed as the money was given to his widow by the probate court after his death. A grave in the cemetery has his name and the mortician verifies he buried Bat Masterson with his derby, cane and a wound watch. His next visit is to the Judge at the Sheriff's office. The Sheriff cheats at solitaire and the Judge is a drunk who tells him to get lost. Bat leaves but trails the Judge to the telegraph office where Bat intercepts the telegram he is sending. The Sheriff enters to help the Judge knock out and jail Bat. By giving the Sheriff card lessons, Bat frees himself to track down Jack Fontana and his wife Nellie along with his money. Written by Anonymous

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Sam Buffington who played the Judge was only 27 at the time although his character appeared to be over 50 years old. Sadly he died less than a year after this original telecast on May 15th, 1961 at the age of 28. See more »


Narrator: Bonanza, Colorado - 1882. Like many other mining towns, Bonanza enjoyed a moment of glory that was all too brief. In just a few, short months, its roaring silver boom faded to a melancholy whisper. Bonanza became a town of dying dreams, haunted by ghosts of it's recent past. And the most active ghost of all carried a gold-headed cane: Bat Masterson, the man who became a legend in his own time.
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Actress Mistake
26 January 2007 | by (Las Vegas, NV. USA) – See all my reviews

You guys have the name of the actress who played Nellie Fontana, as Ruth Lee who was born in 1895 way too old for this character. The actress was actually Ruta Lee who was much younger like 41 years younger. Ruta went on to doing game shows especially "Match Game" in the late nineteen sixties and seventies. She has appeared on Roseanne and is still performing. So, IMDb you guys need to change that. You can believe me because I just finished watching the episode on the Western Channel and read the after show credits. As for the show itself, old Bat finds himself dead. He of course is quite confused. This leads to Bat having to investigate and try and right this confusion.

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