Paladin is escorting a unique prisoner to a trial and certain conviction. A man who has been married seven times and murdered all of them. Stopping for a night of rest, Paladin finds the ...
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Paladin is escorting a unique prisoner to a trial and certain conviction. A man who has been married seven times and murdered all of them. Stopping for a night of rest, Paladin finds the man is wanted by the townsfolk as a "sacrifice" to appease the local Indians. A spinsterish young girl has other plans for the "charmer". Written by
Paul Fix plays the sheriff. From 1958-1963 he played Marshal Micah Torrance on The Rifleman (1958). Fix had appeared as Torrance just 5 days prior to the February 9, 1963 air date in The Rifleman: Hostages to Fortune (1963). The sheriff Fix plays is a drunk, which was how his character of Torrance began on The Rifleman. See more »
Don't let that rather silly opening in San Francisco fool you. The 30-minutes turns serious from there on. Paladin is to escort serial wife-killer (Bissell) to court for trial. Meanwhile, however, he has to get past crooked sheriff (Fix) and two henchmen who want to appease superstitious Indians with the wife-killer's scalp. Complicating things is the sheriff's comely daughter (Donahue) who understandably wants to get away from dear old cruel dad.
The plot's offbeat but in the end relents implausibly with Letty Mae (Donahue). Also there's the offbeat casting of the usually meek and mild Bissell as an irresistible lady's man, of all things. Then too, there's the familiar Paul Fix darn near unrecognizable with his teeth out. Moreover, it's sure a long way from Father Knows Best (1954-1960) for the always demure Miss Donahue. In short, it's an interesting cast for veteran TV watchers. Otherwise, the entry remains entertaining but unexceptional.
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