The Deputy: Season 2, Episode 18

The Hard Decision (28 Jan. 1961)

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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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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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Alvy Burke: Whadja do, Marshal? What happened?
Marshal Simon Fry: I thought about my way, then I thought about your way, then I rode the wheels in my deputy's head.
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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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