A hardened criminal plots to rescue his younger brother from hanging by abducting Deputy Clay McCord and holding him as a hostage to exchange for his sibling's release.

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Read Morgan ...
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Alvy Burke
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Jimmie Burke
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Josh - Henchman
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Dr. 'Painless' Stoner, DDS (as Olan Soulé)
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A hardened criminal plots to rescue his younger brother from hanging by abducting Deputy Clay McCord and holding him as a hostage to exchange for his sibling's release.

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28 January 1961 (USA)  »

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Alvy Burke: Why don't we save ourselves a lot of time? It's simple: you hang my brother; I'm going to shoot your deputy. I'm going through with my part of the bargain because that's the way I'm made; you're not going to let your deputy die because that's the way you're made. Why don't we stop bluffing each other?
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Ideals and Principles
10 February 2008 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

Henry Fonda had made a film called "The Tin Star" in 1957 in which he played a once principled lawman turned cynical bounty hunter who comes to the aid of idealistic but inexperienced young Sheriff Anthony Perkins. This subsequent TV series was clearly inspired by that, even though the characters are a little different. Here Henry is still a highly principled but tough and determined lawman with an idealistic, (in fact pacifistic) deputy. (Principles are ideals hardened by experience.) Henry arranged to only appear in a certain number of episodes and the focus of the series was on Alan Case's deputy, (although Case seems to be doing an imitation of a young Henry Fonda to make up for it). In this one the bad guys capture Alan as a hostage to get a family member set free rather than hung. Henry refuses them but gets captured and put in the deputy's place. Case now has to make the same decision Fonda did but with a different set of values. Fortunately, Henry finds a third alternative.


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