Bat Masterson: Season 2, Episode 25

The Reluctant Witness (31 Mar. 1960)

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When Ellie Winters is framed for murder, she desperately telegraphs Bat for help. He bails her out to help search for a missing witness but he decides to create a second witness and get Wyatt Earp to play her high priced lawyer.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Harry Lauter ...
Sheriff Conners
Ellie Winters
Donald Murphy ...
Charlie Ryan
Ron Hayes ...
Wyatt Earp (as Ronald Hayes)
Charles Reade ...
Robert Swan ...
Sheriff Bassett
George Ross ...
Stagecoach Driver
David Perna ...
Hub Mason (as Dave Perna)
Charles Bail ...
Tod Mason (as Chuck Bail)


On June 14, 1884, while Bat is playing cards with Wyatt Earp and Charlie Bassett in Dodge City, Kansas, his long time friend Ellie Winters is framed for the murder of her fiancé Chance Martin in Durango, Colorado. She is found over his body with her hat pin in his back by the Sheriff. She asks to send for help by wiring Bat who comes to her aid. The Sheriff sets her bail at $50,000 which Bat raises from several friends. Ellie claims there is an older man who can clear her but they have no luck finding him. Ellie introduces Bat to Chance's rancher friend Charlie Ryan but he is cool toward Ellie. According to Ellie Chance was in a high stakes poker game the day before he was killed. An attempt is made on Bat's life but it is unsuccessful. Bat decides to play a bluff of his own. He announces a second witness has been found and that he has hired a well known lawyer to clear her. He has Wyatt Earp come to Durango to play the attorney. They announce a trip to the capital to clear Ellie ... Written by Anonymous

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31 March 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based upon the Disney cartoon The Reluctant Dragon (1941). See more »


Narrator: [Bat is engaged in a poker game with several other players] A gambling hall in Dodge City, Kansas, as Bat Masterson knew it.
[Ellie Winters enters a hotel room]
Narrator: A hotel room in Durango, Colorado, as Bat Masterson was soon to know it.
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References The Reluctant Dragon (1941) See more »

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