Marshal Simon Fry tricks Clay McCord, a young storekeeper into taking a wagon full of supplies to remote town knowing that the groceries are expected by the notorious Gentry gang who the ...
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Marshal Simon Fry tricks Clay McCord, a young storekeeper into taking a wagon full of supplies to remote town knowing that the groceries are expected by the notorious Gentry gang who the lawman hopes to capture. Fry knows that McCord is a crack shot with nerves of steel. He also knows that McCord would never have accepted a deputy's badge since he has a younger sister and brother to support. Written by
[scenes of Ace Gentry's gang shooting up a town and robbing a train are shown]
Marshal Simon Fry:
That was the Arizona Territory in 1880 and I was it's chief marshal. It had been weeks since that Ace Gentry gang had held up that train before we got a line on them. Then a telegram had come to my office in Prescott - two men hauling supplies to wherever it was the gang was holed up. I could have cut them off anywhere along the line, but I chose Silver City.
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THE DEPUTY was a western series that ran for 2 seasons and 76 episodes between 1959 and 1961. The series starred, big screen legend, Henry Fonda as Arizona Marshall, Simon Fry. Allen Case plays the DEPUTY, Clay McCord. Henry Fonda's character drifts in and out of the episodes, with Case being the main lead.
In this episode, the first of the series, Marshall Fry (Fonda) is hunting a gang of train robbers. The gang, led by the always villainous Robert Wilke, killed several people during the robbery.
Fonda pays a call on store owner, Clay McCord (Case) who Fonda considers the best gun in the territory. Fonda has used Case before as a Deputy and could use his help here. Case is not all that friendly to the idea. Fonda though tricks the man by buying some supplies to be delivered up the trail.
It seems that Fonda has captured a pair of men who were hired to take supplies to Wilke's gang. He knows where the gang will be hiding. The gang is holed up in an old mine shaft where Fonda and Case soon join them. They manage to get in real close, before Wilke and group tumble to the fact that these are not the men they were expecting.
Guns are pulled with plenty of lead flung in both directions. Several of the gang are cut down evening the odds a bit. There is more back and forth before the surviving gang members escape out the shaft. Now they have Fonda and Case trapped. They light a fire to smoke Fonda and company out of the mine.
The Lawmen though manage to fool the gang by sending out some horses with bedrolls tied up in the saddles. While Wilke and bunch are firing at the horses, Fonda and Case step out of the smoke and shoot up the gang. Wilke and one of the others is captured and hauled off to jail.
This is a pretty entertaining episode, with Wilke in particular shining. Also in the cast are Wallace Ford and James Griffith.
Long time television man, Don Medford directs, with 1 time Oscar nominated Ellsworth Fredericks in the cinematography chair.
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