Bat Masterson: Season 3, Episode 16

The Price of Paradise (19 Jan. 1961)

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Pat arrives in Paradise, Colorado to collect a gambling debt from a crooked casino owner who doesn't like to pay his debts. He also doesn't like to pay his taxes - until Bat accepts an appointment as the new county tax assessor.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sheriff Dan Rainey
Diane Jansen (as Diane Cannon)
Lance Fuller ...
Walker Hayes
John Dennis ...
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Sam Jansen
Jack Mann ...
Tom Talbot
A.G. Vitanza ...


To collect an IOU for $6000 from Walker Hayes, Bat travels to Paradise, Colorado where Hayes owns The Pearly Gates Saloon. When Bat confronts Hayes, he states although he has been "worried" about the debt he doesn't have $6000 but he offers a payment of $500. After Bat asks to inspect Hayes' books, Hayes' henchman Finch tries to pull his gun but is blocked by Bat. However, Bat is almost immediately faced with guns pulled by the rest of the patrons and bartender. Bat decides to leave peaceably but encounters a group beating up one man in the street. Bat stops it aided by the cute and shapely Diane Jansen. The two of them take the man who is the county tax assessor for Domino County across the river. The Sheriff and Diane explain that Hayes dynamited the river to change its route separating Paradise from the county as the river is the county boundary. The issue is in the courts. Diane suggest Bat take the assessor job to access Hayes books and get his money which he decides to do. He ... Written by Anonymous

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19 January 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Diane Jansen: Bat, wait a minute. Wait... a... minute. Are you going back to collect that debt?
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: When he doesn't have so much help around.
Diane Jansen: Why, I've been thinking...
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: And...
Diane Jansen: Well, he can just say he doesn't have it. Now, what are you going to do? Threaten him? Kill him?
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Or be killed.
Diane Jansen: Right. But if you were county tax assessor, then you would demand to see his books. Then you could find enough evidence to stand up in any court.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: You keep on fishing till you use the right bait, don't you?
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