Pursued by Marshall Gaffney for a robbery he did not commit, Bronco rides to the town of "Last Resort" - a hideout for outlaws on the Mexican border. There Bronco hopes to clear his name by finding the real robber who framed him.

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Billy Styles
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Three-Finger Jack
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Flora Waters
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Marshal Gaffney
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Pio Quinta
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Morgan Owing
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Silas Waters
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Johnny Behind The Deuce (as Orvil Sherman)
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Sheriff Hodgkins (as Bob Carson)
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Curly Dan Nagle (as Don Harvey)
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Warren Vanders ...
Jenkins
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McBride (as John Cason)
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As Bronco stops at a waterhole for a drink a man yells at him. He tells Bronco the water is poisoned and he is about to die from it. For saving Bronco's life, the man asks him to take a box to Deputy Billy Styles. Styles pulls a gun on the approaching Bronco but changes his attitude when Bronco gives him the box. He says the money was taken in a robbery. At that moment Marshal Gaffney from Tombstone and a posse ride up arresting Bronco and Styles. They are taken to Sheriff Hodgkins' jail. Styles tells Bronco they are both being railroaded but he has a gun stashed they use to escape and take the money. Styles says they are headed to Yuma for a fair trial but Bronco soon finds he has been tricked when the sly Styles has a rancher hold Bronco for the posse. Bronco faces clearing his name with a posse on his trail but a the wife of his captor, herself a prisoner of sorts, wants him to take her with him. Written by Anonymous

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17 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Ty Hardin takes his shirt off in this episode. See more »

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Three Fingers Jack: [to Bronco Layne] Of the crime of murder, you stand acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. But the crime of attempting to steal another man's woman, you're adjudged guilty. The prescribed punishment being forty lashes.
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Too much plot, not enough whipping
5 September 2006 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

The core of this episode (written by Jack Laird) is intriguing. In order to clear his name from a false robbery charge, Bronco travels to an outlaws' hideout on the Mexican border known as "the Last Resort." This hideout actually has all the earmarks of a small town and it's ruled over by a man known as Three Fingers Jack. Now living in this town is Billy Styles, the robber for whose crime Bronco has been unjustly blamed.

Yes, there's good material for a story here with the town of "Last Resort" providing an almost surreal backdrop -- sort of like the village in "The Prisoner." Unfortunately, there's a bit too much plot stuffed into this hour-long episode. (Less would have been more.) For example, on the way to the hideout, Bronco spends a night on the farm of Silas and Flora Waters. Flora feels trapped on this isolated farm with only the dour, taciturn Silas for company and she longs for Bronco to take her away so she can escape her drab existence. There's enough material here for an entire episode but Flora's story proves to be just so much "filler" and she and her problems are quickly dropped as soon as Bronco rides off to new adventures. At least Flora gets a chance to give Bronco a passionate kiss while he's tied up in her barn. (Don't ask.) There's also a potential episode lurking in the colorful character of Johnny Deuce, whom Bronco meets en route to the Last Resort, and once he arrives at his destination, we want to know more about Three Fingers Jack, not to mention Peggy (the dance hall girl) and her loutish boyfriend, Curly Dan.

As if there aren't enough ingredients in this stew, we also have the character of Billy Styles who has a charm worthy of more thorough investigation but who simply flits through the story without quite coming into focus. (Marshall Thompson plays this part but seems a bit too "square" for Billy. Perhaps Clu Gulagher might have been a better choice.) This episode, however, is not without its points of interest, the chief one being the flogging which Bronco endures on the main street of the town. Stripped to the waist and tied to a T-shaped whipping post, Bronco suffers through at least six lashes of a forty-lash sentence before the flogging is interrupted by a tearful Peggy. (Bronco had been accused of trying to steal Peggy away from Curly Dan.) The flogging scene isn't all that impressive. (It ranks 26th in the book "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies.") The flogger doesn't really know how to wield his weapon, (which looks more like a rope than a whip), and the whole affair finishes up in just a few seconds. However, we then have a post-flogging scene of a shirtless Bronco lying on his stomach on Three Fingers Jack's couch, recuperating from his lashing. The welts on his back -- which look drawn on with lipstick -- don't appear to match the flogging he just received but, hey, any chance to see Ty Hardin with his shirt off is always welcome.

Incidentally, Marshall Thompson and Ken Lynch (as the pursuing lawman) also have separate "beefcake" scenes as they're seen taking baths in washtubs, but obviously neither can compete with 29-year-old Ty Hardin in the physique department.


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