"Professor" Eliot cows his three grown sons into submission while he peddles his patent medicine. Unlike most con men, however, these men also are killers. When, disguised as Indians, they attack a stagecoach, they arouse passions in the white settlers that may lead to yet more bloodshed. Written by
In the scene where Doc and Matt are looking over the body of a man killed by the George Kennedy character, Matt tells Doc he has to do something, one of the things would be to find evidence such as "prints". I believe fingerprint evidence started being widely used in the early 1900s, not the late 1880s. See more »
One of the train passengers was eating a banana. This is very unlikely as bananas were not commercially available in the U.S. until the 1890s. Even then they were primarily available near port cities due to the difficulties shipping them before they rotted. See more »
This episode is star studded with the likes of George Kennedy, Dean Stanton and Michael Parks as each plays a brother of a roaming medicine salesman played by Malcolm Atterbury. Throw in Arthur Malet and you have a cast full of excellent entertainers.
Professor Eliot has three boys Hug, Nate and Park. By day they try selling some snake oil medicine and by night rob anything they can. The three boys first victim is the stagecoach leaving Dodge. On the stage is the driver and two passengers Mr Farner and his daughter Molly.
The boys, dressed like Indians, kill the driver and the young Molly but Farner survives the attack. Before the boys leave, Farner sees a scar on one of the Indian's hands before passing out. Later he sees the same scar on Hug Eliot at the Long Branch before again being knock on the head by the boys.
The townsfolk are so upset by the Indian attack that they pay the boys money to bring in three dead Indians. But it is not long before the train is robbed and a large case of gold stolen.
With Professor Eliot hiding the gold, suspicion is in the air. One of the boys believes the others are plotting against him while another is ready to give up the life of crime. Add the fact that the Professor is the only person that knows the location of the gold and it makes for a bad combination. Trouble is lurking.
A nice story with fine acting. A good western tale that was entertaining from beginning to end.
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