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Thirty a Month and Found 

Three cattle drivers find competition with railroads is forcing them out of business, and 2 of them mistakenly turn to crime for a temporary fix.





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Episode cast overview:
Will Parmalee
Doak Noonan
Kim O'Brien ...
Tait Cavanaugh
Hal Baylor ...
Bonnie Jedell ...
Henry Kendrick ...
Sheriff (as Henry Max Kendrick)


The coming of the railroads vastly altered the cattle business, soon rendering cross-country trail drives unnecessary. Three cowboys, led by Will Parmalee, find the new West inhospitable to itinerant cattle drovers. Trouble seeks them out, and Matt Dillon finds himself on the opposite side of the law from his longtime friend Will. Written by richardann

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7 October 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Western Writers of America awarded this episode the Spur Award for Best Western Television Script. See more »


Tait Cavanaugh: A man won't go along with the railroads he's finished. In a few short years there won't be no such thing as a trail drive. We gotta face that.
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Gene Evans is excellent in this tale of a dying art
12 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A pleasantly surprising show about the end of cattle drives as the railroad is taking over all movement of cattle and the rough and rugged cowboys are being a thing of the past.

The episode stars Gene Evans as Will Parmalee as one of the last leaders of moving cattle across miles prairie. He also has two companions one named Quincy and a young man name Doak. The episode opens as they are burying another companion that has just died in a cattle stampede. According to Will, that is the best death a cowboy could receive, being killed doing what he loved.

They ride into Dodge with the money for the cattle-drive. And like always they get drunk and in a fight. Matt, having known Will for many year, places him and his friends in jail to sleep it off. The next morning the men are miss all their money. They think they have been taken and go over to the saloon where they were drinking and rob the cash box. While leaving with the cash box, that only had $12 inside, the bartender get shot in the arm. The three men are on the run. And Matt and Festus are on their trail.

The remaining part of the show consist of Will trying to get somewhere that his life will be appreciated. Along the way he will find other evidence of his way of life passing away. Quincy gets wounded and Doak is young enough to start another life. It will be Will Parmalee that will decide if he wants to continue being a cowboy or give up.

Gene Evans is excellent in this episode. They way he made his character relate to the changing times was top-notch. This was a surprising entertaining show that was a joy to watch. Good watch.

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