After Case Thomas is killed during a robbery, Ringo and Cully trail the alleged murderer to a wide-open town on the Arizona-New Mexico border. Their efforts to apprehend the suspect are ... See full summary »

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After Case Thomas is killed during a robbery, Ringo and Cully trail the alleged murderer to a wide-open town on the Arizona-New Mexico border. Their efforts to apprehend the suspect are hindered by a gambling house owner who owes the suspect's father a debt of gratitude. Written by David Bassler

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17 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Johnny Ringo: Well, Pike, you're the sheriff here.
Sheriff Frank Pike: You want me to arrest Kirk? For what? Knocking Parker across the border? Giving your deputy a shooting exhibition? No, Kirk never breaks the law; he just bends it.
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Border Town
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Smartly done Episode
20 November 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

JOHNNY RINGO "Border Town" 1960

JOHNNY RINGO was a western series that ran for 38 episodes during 1959-60. The series starred Don Durant as the title character with Karen Sharpe, Mark Goddard and Terence De Marney as series regulars. The series follows Durant, (Ringo) a former gunfighter who decides to go straight. He becomes the Sheriff in the small town of Velardi in the Arizona Territory. The series was one of several (Rifleman, Wanted Dead or Alive, Shotgun Slade etc) with a "gimmick gun". Durant carries a special LeMat revolver equipped with a shotgun barrel under the six gun barrel.

This episode is the 24th episode of the series.

Local general store owner, Terence de Marney is killed during a robbery of his store by young Paul Carr. Sheriff Durant and Deputy Goddard are soon on the trail of the swine. As it so happens, de Marney is the father of Durant's girl, Karen Sharpe.

The pair track the killer to the border town of Eden. The local Sheriff, Robert Burton, figures from the description that they are indeed looking for Carr. Burton suggests that they check out the town saloon and gambling hall. The owner, Ed Nelson was a friend of Carr's deceased father.

Sure enough, they find the man hiding in Nelson's place and grab him up. The kid though steps across a white line painted on the saloon floor. The local law says that the line is the border between Arizona and New Mexico. They can't touch Carr without permission from the New Mexico side.

Durant and his man Goddard are not pleased with this turn of events. And less so when Carr pulls a fast one and escapes into the brush. Saloon man Nelson tells Durant that Carr said he was being framed for the murder. Also in the mix here is saloon singer, Joyce Meadows. Meadows and Carr, are sort of an item and she believes him innocent.

Meadows rides out to where she knows Carr is holed up to talk. Sheriff Durant spots her leave and follows at a distance. Meadows reaches Carr and finds him with the take from the same hold-up he denied doing. The two are having words when Durant arrives on the scene. Carr grabs Meadows by the hair and uses her as a human shield. He tells Durant to toss his weapon away, which he does. Now Ed Nelson also arrives. He approaches the kid and slaps him around, telling him that his dead father would be turning in his grave to see what he is doing.

Carr is in no mood for such treatment and goes for his iron. Durant though has used Nelson's arrive to retrieve his own weapon. Shots are exchanged with Carr soon suffered from an over large blood loss. Durant and Goddard ride back to Velardi where Durant discovers that his girl, Sharpe has left town. She could not handle the death of her father.

A good episode that was directed by actor turned director, Don Taylor. As an actor he is best recalled from his roles in THE NAKED CITY, FLYING LEATHERNECKS and STALAG 17.

The episode was written by William Link and Richard Levinson. These are two who wrote and produced the COLUMBO series starring Peter Falk.


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