Edna Raleigh hires Paladin to return Bram Holden for the murder of her husband. When Paladin crosses paths with a deranged prospector in the desert, he must deal with the notion he has his long lost brother who stole his wife.
Will prospector Possum Corbin rescue Paladin from dying in a desert, if Paladin reads the encyclopedia to him? In capturing a killer who's laid claim as king to his own country in the Southwest, at first every move Paladin makes is a winner. But when he shortcuts across badlands to get the desperado to trial, Paladin risks his own life and his prisoner's for an expenses-only assignment, done for the sake of a widow impoverished by 2 previous failed attempts. Written by
Paladin and prisoner Ebsen are rescued in the desert by revenge-minded old prospector Hartman who wants to kill Ebsen.
Good desert locations add to entry. Those sands look dry as a proverbial bone. Still, I had to wonder about Paladin's careless behavior that gets them stranded. Hartman shines as the wacky old prospector who thinks Ebsen is his long, lost brother, the man responsible for killing his wife, and now wants revenge.
Ebsen can do a great baddie, but here he doesn't really get the chance, in something of a secondary role. It's really Hartman who gets the spotlight. Poignant touch having the illiterate old prospector thirst for knowledge out of a hundred-year old encyclopedia that Paladin reads to him. The upshot may be surprising and likely implies something about living alone on the desert. An episode more interesting than suspenseful.
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