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"Four Star Playhouse" A Spray of Bullets (1955)

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Well done myth.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
26 September 2014

Dick Powell stars in this episode of "Four Star Playhouse". He plays Will, a lawman who is legendary with his gun in the old west. He's killed a lot of guys in shootouts and when he appears in town, the assumption is that he's there to shoot someone. However, this is not why he's here--Will is going blind and he's here to see an eye doctor. The problem is that a local jerk learns about Will's vision and assumes he's an easy mark--and a way to make a reputation for himself by killing him. In addition, Will's old girlfriend, Lucy, lives in this town--and she'd love to marry him if he'd just hang up his guns once and for all. But, with the guy gunning for him, what is Will to do?

This is an extremely well acted and well written show--particularly the ending. However, it's also pretty much myth, as such shootouts on Main Street are the stuff of TV and movies, not real life. Folks rarely killed each other in the bad old west--and when they did, it was usually a shot in the back or something equally less gentlemanly. So, while the show perpetuates historical myths, it IS entertaining and well done.

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