Knocked unconscious and framed for the murder of scheming rancher, Flint Durfee, Hoss Cartwright refuses his father's expensive lawyer and trusts his defense to new friend Whit Parker, a ... See full summary »

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Knocked unconscious and framed for the murder of scheming rancher, Flint Durfee, Hoss Cartwright refuses his father's expensive lawyer and trusts his defense to new friend Whit Parker, a troubled trial attorney who is drowning his past in alcohol. Written by shepherd1138

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6 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Supporting actors Dave Willock and Michel Petit would also be featured in 1964's thriller "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte." See more »

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Battle Hymn Of The Republic
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Mr. Lincoln would approve
16 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

James Gregory gives a fine performance as an alcoholic lawyer and friend of Abraham Lincoln who was just a most successful lawyer at the Illinois bar. Gregory has moved west and has befriended Hoss Cartwright and now frequents the bar at the saloon than the bar of justice.

But Dan Blocker has need of a good lawyer when a pair of brothers whom he testified against in court start some trouble with him and one of them winds up dead. The survivor Hal Baylor says that Blocker did the deed and Blocker who was stunned by a blow from the deceased's cane can't remember.

This is where the weakness of the episode came in. I would have thought that Ray Teal being sheriff and friend of the Cartwrights would have conducted an investigation before arresting Hoss and charging him with murder. Especially since Hoss actually does have a witness in his favor, young Michael Petit. Similarly I'm not sure the prosecutor would have been so quick to bring a case against one of the Cartwrights of the Ponderosa, the biggest Kahuna around.

But Gregory truly shines in this flawed episode.


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