After reading an article in a local newspaper, Paladin rides to Wyoming to see Joe Ergo. Seems that Jessie May Turnbow is seeking revenge against the jury that convicted his father ten ...
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After reading an article in a local newspaper, Paladin rides to Wyoming to see Joe Ergo. Seems that Jessie May Turnbow is seeking revenge against the jury that convicted his father ten years earlier. What he's using is a handmade automatic shotgun that cuts a wide and bloody path. Written by
Superior episode. Paladin decides to respond to newspaper article rather than follow Hey Girl's advice to get marrieda funny little prologue. Seems a young guy Jessie (Blake) is wreaking revenge on the men who brutally killed his father. Moreover, he's devised an automatic shotgun that shoots like a machine gun. Arriving in Jessie's camp after several more men have been killed, Paladin gets tangled up emotionally with Jessie and his two partners (Talman & Rhodes), who are not what he expected.
The entry's memorable not only for its good storyline, but for the unusually good castinga young and poignant Robert Blake, William Talman sans toupee, and Hari Rhodes at a time when black people were first appearing on TV in non-buffoonish roles. Blake has about a two-minute solo that foreshadows his moving portrayal of Perry Smith of In Cold Blood (1967). Talman's a surprise since he was identified at the time with the DA's role in Perry Mason (from which he was temporarily suspended, IMDb). All in all, it's an unusually well acted 30-minutes. And except for the ending whose motivation was murky for me, this remains an outstanding episode.
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