Bat's old friend from Dodge City, Marshal Ben Holt, asks him to help fight a scheme plotted by the power-grabbing land baron General Silas Guild. When he arrives, Bat isn't sure that the Marshal is on the side of law and order.
July, 1883 Bat arrives in Prescott, Arizona at the request of his friend, Marshal Ben Holt. Riding into town he spots Holt about to shoot Harry Sutton. Using his cane he blocks the shot. At the Marshal's office Holt tells Bat he is up against the crooked land grabber General Silas Guild but Bat senses that Holt may have changed. Next morning, Guild breaks into Bat's hotel room to thank him for saving Sutton but Bat is not impressed by his manners. While visiting the general store, Bat asks the owner his opinion which seems to be weighted toward Guild. Guild's daughter Catherine enters the store letting Bat know hired guns are not welcome. Holt is forced to intercede in a barroom brawl. He tells a Guild man Logan in the fight he is under arrest. When a witness Bolland argues with Holt about the arrest, Holt relieves him of his weapon and starts to walk him out as Bat holds the others at bay. When Bat hears a gun shot he sees Holt standing over the man - dead. Again he is forced to stop... Written by
John Dehner plays Marshal Ben Holt, who is suspected of operating outside the law. In 1962, Dehner would play Marshal Ben Wyatt on Lawman: The Long Gun (1962), who was also considering taking the law into his own hands to capture some killers. In addition to the role on Lawman, Dehner played a character named Ben in four other westerns: Have Gun Will Travel in 1957, Rawhide and Bronco in 1962, and Gunsmoke in 1963. See more »