Lavery is a ne'er-do-well small-time crook who does pretty much what he wants -- much to the distress of his wife, who's a Long Branch saloon-hall girl. Now Lavery is on the run for horse ... See full summary »

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Matt Dillon
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Doc
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Kitty
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Newly
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Keith Lavery
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April Lavery
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Mr. Hubert
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Verna
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Lavery is a ne'er-do-well small-time crook who does pretty much what he wants -- much to the distress of his wife, who's a Long Branch saloon-hall girl. Now Lavery is on the run for horse theft (he actually left his tired horse at the barn in trade for a new one). Lavery gets his chance at redemption when he sees a thug about to bushwhack Matt and shoots the thug dead. Matt has a talk with the stable owner and clears Lavery of the charge, and gets him a job tanning hides. But Lavery's two outlaw buddies soon show up to try to get him to start stealing again. Added to the confusion is the fact that Mrs. Lavery, who quit her job at the Long Branch when her husband got a job, is now pregnant. Written by Peter Harris

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22 February 1971 (USA)  »

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The Trapper loses his hat during the fight at the Long Branch, and is given strict orders not to return there. He has somehow reacquired it when he tries to shoot Matt. See more »

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A nice story but lacked chemistry between the actors
19 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Keith Lavery is a young buck that thinks his next travels will result in some get-rich-quick scheme that will be the talk of the town. He also has a criminal record for theft and has received probation.

In the meantime his young wife, April, has been working at the Long Branch since Lavery has been away on one of his trips. When they meet his is being chases by a man claiming that he stole a horse. But through an event where he saves Marshal Dillon's life the charges are dropped.

Lavery then believes that it is time to settle down and start taking care of his wife, so he get a job at Hubert's Tannery. Everything is going well until his two old friends come to town wanting Lavery to resume his life as a crime partner. With his friends in town it will only be a matter of time before trouble will find Lavery. A choice will be made but it will not be the best option.

At first I thought the script may have been lacking. But it appears that the two actors Anthony Costello (Lavery) and Judi West (April) were not a good combination. There was no chemistry or likability concerning these actors. Plus the storyline about April being pregnant did not make any sense since Lavery had been gone for sometime. It was a nice story that could have been better with some chemistry between the actors.


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