A Washington, D.C. Western? Yes. McCord and his retired-general father are called to the nation's capital by President Ulysses S. Grant, who plans to develop the West by opening up the ...
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A Washington, D.C. Western? Yes. McCord and his retired-general father are called to the nation's capital by President Ulysses S. Grant, who plans to develop the West by opening up the Federally-owned (and Indian-held) Black Hills for prospecting. Grant, who by this time had numerous enemies, picks up even more from Western big shots who hoped to exploit the Black Hills on their own, which leads to an assassination attempt while he is driving his carriage one night. Written by
The setting for this show can be precisely dated by a Senator named Johnson (uncredited actor) who has one scene in a Congressional watering hole denouncing the Grant administration in general. The actor is made up to look like (and undoubtedly plays) former President Andrew Johnson, who was elected to the Senate in January 1875, served during a special session in late March-early April, and then went home to await the beginning of the regular session. (Johnson died of a stroke that July, before the regular session convened.) Johnson and Grant were the worst of enemies over their interpretations of Reconstruction policy, which got Johnson impeached (his election to the Senate was a tremendous triumph for him personally), although their paths did not cross during Johnson's brief Senatorial term. See more »
General Joshua McCord:
I'm sick of being behind the lines while you out there where the action is going on! Gotta keep an offensive mounted, boy! The minute a man sits back and warms his heels, the minute the enemy starts creeping up on him. I can feel him sniffing around, close at hand. Listen... Do you hear anything?
Not a thing
General Joshua McCord:
That's him... that's the enemy! Time... you sit there, and he bellies up on you from behind, and then... whack!
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Chuck Connors is credited with the story of this 2 parter
Nearing the end of its brief run, "The Assassins" was a two part storyline credited to Chuck Connors himself, and scripted by Jameson Brewer, who would also write "Terror in the Wax Museum" and "Arnold," a pair of 1973 features made by BRANDED producer Andrew J. Fenady. John Carradine makes his third appearance as General Joshua McCord, Jason's stalwart grandfather (previously seen in the first two chapters of "The Mission"), while William Bryant returns one last time in his recurring role as President Ulysses S. Grant, a role he first played on the Nick Adams series THE REBEL. Jason is summoned to Washington by an urgent message reporting his grandfather's illness, but it's a ruse set up by the worried Grant, who fears that an assassination attempt will soon be made against him. It might be James Swaney (Jim Davis), leading a survey party searching for gold in the Black Hills, whom Jason meets at a gathering of the President's enemies (one of whom is Tennessee Senator Andrew Johnson, the former President). Jason's first stop is at the home of his old flame Laurette (Kamala Devi, also seen previously in "The Mission"), now married to Senator Keith Ashley (Peter Graves), welcoming two siblings from Cuba, awaiting President Grant's promised support in its battle for freedom from Spain. Part 1 concludes with a surprise attack that leaves the President's driver dead, and a vital clue left behind.
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