Webster, a man with three daughters, thinks he's found gold. He's worried that feisty Doris, a woman with three sons, is going to take it away from him so he hires Paladin to protect his ...
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Webster, a man with three daughters, thinks he's found gold. He's worried that feisty Doris, a woman with three sons, is going to take it away from him so he hires Paladin to protect his interests. Paladin does some research before leaving San Francisco and discovers a solution which breaks the impasse in more ways than one. Written by
When Paladin and Webster come out of the tunnel, notice how Webster tries to stick the flaming torch into the ground. He tries a couple of times, then lets it fall over. Boone alertly picks it up. See more »
Only a couple of episodes after his appearance as a dying General, David White tries to show his range as Webster, a dirt farmer with three daughters who appears to have run across some ancient Indian ruins on his land. Interested in the ruins, Paladin goes to investigate only to find Webster denying everything. The other locals, led by the suspicious Doris (Lorna Thayer) suspect there's gold on Webster's land. When he shows up in town with a small statuette that he tries to sell to get money for dynamite, they're sure of it. Paldin tries to create peace while discovering the real secret of the ruins.
White does another nice pre-Larry Tate job as the farmer, but somehow I still think he's miscast. He seems too eastern and sophisticated to be a dirt farmer. But he does what he can with the role. Lorna Thayer is pretty much over the top throughout the whole episode and can be a bit grating. Her turn as Webster's wife at the end of the episode seems unconvincing. Movie fans may remember her as the waitress ten years later in "Five Easy Pieces".
Boone has a nice bit the way he reacts to the whiskey he has to share with Doris, and despite this episodes flaws, I found it to be fairly enjoyable.
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