Tired of gun law, the citizens of Georgetown hire a former sheriff to clean up the town, but the crime wave only escalates after the man is sworn in.

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Judi Meredith ...
Monique Deveraux
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Annette Deveraux
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Martin Wood
King Donovan ...
Ralph
Alice Frost ...
Molly Jenkins
Hugh Sanders ...
Lester Jenkins
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Duke (as Bill Bryant)
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Harry Lewis
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Craig Duncan ...
Mr. Henry
Robert Nash ...
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Tired of gun law, the citizens of Georgetown hire a former sheriff to clean up the town, but the crime wave only escalates after the man is sworn in.

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27 November 1959 (USA)  »

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[two men sneak out of the Hotel de Paree without paying their $11.50 bill]
Annette Deveraux: That is the third time that has happened this month. What do people think - that we run this hotel for charity?
Monique Deveraux: It looks that way.
Sundance: Well, this time they're getting a run for their money.
Annette Deveraux: Monsieur Sundance, how far will you chase them?
Sundance: Eleven dollars and fifty cents worth.
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Superb Little Western
22 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Hotel de Paree: "The Man who believed in Law" 1959

Hotel de Paree was a western series that ran between 1959 and 1960. The series ran for 32 episodes and starred, Earl Holliman, Jeannette Nolan, Judi Meredith and Strother Martin. Headliner Holliman plays a gunslinger named "Sundance", who is just out of prison and wants to turn over a new leaf. He ends up in Georgetown, Colorado, where he buys into a small hotel ran by Nolan and Meredith. Though he wants to avoid gun play, it has a way of creeping up on the man.

In this episode, the 9th of the series, a hard as nails Charles McGraw hits town to become the new Sheriff. The town council had heard that the man had cleaned up several other troubled towns. First day in and he has killed two men, one over an 11 dollar hotel bill, and another for being drunk.

McGraw now spends the next few days putting up plenty of "No guns allowed in town" signs all over the place. It seems like a great idea, till McGraw shoots and kills the shotgun guard on the just arrived stagecoach. "The man had his guns on." Says McGraw.

The town's people start to wonder if McGraw is a bit too harsh in his application of the law. A traveller in town, Hank Patterson, tells "Sundance" (Earl Holliman) about how McGraw had killed various men in his home town. He tells Holliman that the longer McGraw is here, the more death there will be.

The town council decides to terminate McGraw's contract. Problem here is that McGraw has no intention of quitting, till he "thinks" the job is done. This forces ex-gunman Holliman to slip on his iron for a more forceful talk with McGraw.

The two men line up on the street. McGraw tells Holliman to drop the gun-belt. Holliman shakes his head in the negative. McGraw tells Holliman that he will count to three and then draw. He makes it to the count of two, then a shot rings out. McGraw drops to the dirt with a large hole in his back. The widow of one of the men McGraw killed has exacted some payback.

This is a damn fine bit of television with excellent work from the cast and crew. McGraw really shines as the unsmiling Lawman with his own code.

The crew is top notch with actress turned producer and director, Ida Lupino at the controls. The woman is talented. The story is by big screen man, Francis M. Cockrell. His film work includes, THE RAID, DARK WATERS and INFERNO. The director of photography was the one time Oscar nominated, Frank V. Phillips. The series score was penned by 17 time Oscar nominated and 4 time winner, Dimitri Tiomkin.

Look close and you will see long time western fixture, Bob Steele in a small bit.


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