Ringo investigates a report that a rancher charged with the care of several orphans is abusing them young men and turning them into virtual slaves.



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Episode cast overview:
Terence de Marney ...
Case Thomas (as Terence Demarney)
Aben Burke
George Brenlin ...
Miles Burke
Jeb Kane
Kenneth Patterson ...
Jim Fitzpatrick (as Ken Patterson)
Jamie Frederick


Ringo investigates a report that a rancher charged with the care of several orphans is abusing them young men and turning them into virtual slaves.

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31 December 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Case Thomas: You know, sometimes you remind me of your mother.
Laura Thomas: Good for me!
Case Thomas: No - good for me.
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A Runaway
16 September 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

JOHNNY RINGO "Bound Boy" 1959

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) with a "gimmick gun". Durant carries a special LeMat revolver equipped with a shotgun barrel under the six gun barrel.

This episode is the 13th episode of the series.

This one starts with a teen aged boy breaking into Karen Sharpe's house late at night. The boy, Tim Considine, holds a knife on Sharpe and asks for food. Sharpe feeds the kid and asks what the problem is. It seems Considine is a runaway fleeing a man, James Westerfield, who uses him and several other orphans as slave labour.

Now Westerfield, his son, George Brenlin and another boy, Ralph Votrain arrive in town. Westerfield has legal papers saying he is the legal guardian of Considine. He asks Sheriff Durant for help collecting the runaway boy. Sharpe now hunts up Durant and tells him about the boy. It seems Westerfield regularly beats the boys is his charge and works them all long hours on his farm.

The viewer can guess that this is going to end up with someone leaking fluid. And needless to say, it does when Westerfield pulls a double barrelled shotgun on the Sheriff. Durant had caught the man and his son whipping the boy for running away.

The episode was written and directed by the talented Tom Gries. Writer, producer and director Gries had a hand in, 100 RIFLES, THE GLASS HOUSE, BREAKHEART PASS and the top flight western, WILL PENNY.

The equally talented Carl Guthrie was in charge of the cinematography. His big screen work included the film noir, CRY WOLF, FLAXY MARTIN, BACKFIRE, CAGED, THIS SIDE OF THE LAW, UNDERCOVER GIRL, STORM WARNING, HELL BOUND and the superb, HIGHWAY 301.

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