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A man who lost his wife and all he had returns to Dodge from gold prospecting with three bulging bags to deposit in the bank, and all who scorned him before, including his ex-wife, can't do enough for him.







Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frances Helm ...
Herbert Patterson ...
Len Weier
Harry Swoger ...
Hank Green
Mr. Botkin
Moss Grimmick
Smith - Clerk
Tim Frawley ...


Cliff Shanks runs on hard times. He loses his ranch, his cattle and then his wife to another man. Determined to strike it rich, he heads out to Colorado to find gold. When a stranger helps him during an Indian attack, he devises a plan to come back to Dodge a rich man and regain all he had lost. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

28 October 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Print Quimby (Buddy Ebsen) tells Redfield about Shanks having an attack that has confined him to bed, he opines that all that hard work in the high Rockies of Colorado is hard on a man of Shanks' age as if Shanks (John Larch) is a man of advanced age. In fact, Ebsen was six years older than Larch who was only 47 at the time the show aired. Although it is possible the writer put the "man of his age" line in to presage how this episode would end. See more »

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A nice story about Fake-Friends
14 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

In a show that had more of a comedy theme than a western, the characters is what made this episode stand out from the rest.

Cliff Shanks (John Larch) has fallen on bad times. His farm is repossessed, his livestock has to be sold far below value and his wife left him for another man in town. All this makes Cliff decide to leave Dodge and set off for mining gold in Colorado. With the hopes of coming back to Dodge after striking it rich and buying back all his property.

When Cliff starts mining he discovers that mining is hard work for a man his age. One day Indians attack his camp but is saved by a lone rider named Print Quimby (Buddy Ebsen).

Cliff decides to ride back into Dodge and pretend that they have struck a large amount of gold. While in Dodge words get around that Cliff and Quimby have a large amount of gold in the bank's safe. Now all the so-called friends that turned Cliff out come wanting a part of his money. He gets his farm back, his cattle returned and even his wife wants to return as if nothing had happened. the story is coming down on who is going to get the last laugh.

I enjoyed the the story. A well acted and at times humorous episode of true life. A nice watch.

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