Coffin Sam Sabine, a gunslinger with eleven notches on his pistol handle, arrives in Valerdi and offers Ringo a unique proposition. Sam claims his gun hand is becoming crippled and the only... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Coffin Sam Sabine
Billy Counts
Abigail Shelton ...
Ivadeen (as Abbagail Shelton)
Michael Hinn ...
George Haig
Jed Bates
Mary Gregory ...
Mary Agar
Old Man
Lee Kross ...


Coffin Sam Sabine, a gunslinger with eleven notches on his pistol handle, arrives in Valerdi and offers Ringo a unique proposition. Sam claims his gun hand is becoming crippled and the only way he'll be able to fend off kids who want to outdraw him is to make his reputation so fierce that they'll never try. His plan - paying Johnny one hundred dollars to lose to him in a staged gunfight. Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

16 June 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the series aired in syndication, this episode was called "Reputation for Murder". See more »


Mary Gregory's character was referred to as "Mary Agar" on-screen but "Mary Agan" in the episode's credits. See more »


[first lines]
[Coffin Sam kills a saddle tramp in a gunfight]
Coffin Sam Sabine: I had the handle of this gun carved from a dead man's coffin. Each of them notches is the last mark left by eleven men.
[Sam uses the dead man's gun to shoot another notch in the handle]
Coffin Sam Sabine: I like to give anyone a chance to shoot once - even if they're dead. Tell your kids about this... that you saw Coffin Sam Sabine in action. It'll make a hero out of all of all of you!
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The Skipper as a Gunfighter
12 June 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

JOHNNY RINGO "Coffin Sam" 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 36th episode of the series.

In this episode, a well-known gunslinger by the name, "Coffin Sam" hits town. The man, Alan Hale Jr, has 11 notches on his gun and always gets the other man to draw first. This saves him from any legal entanglements as he can say he was defending himself.

The gag here is that he pays some poor sucker to go up against him with the offer of 100 dollars. Hale promises the man that he will just "wing" him in the arm. The wound Hale says will make the man famous for going up against "Coffin Sam". Needless to say Hale always shoots to kill.

He offers the deal to Sheriff Durant but the Sheriff refuse to bite at the cash. He tells Hale to leave town. Of course Hale does no such thing and soon kills a local rancher.

Durant straps on his gun and goes looking for Hale. Hale is less than happy to engage in a real gunfight. Hale does go for his iron when Durant turns his back on Hale. Durant though had figured on such a play by Hale and still beats him on the draw.

This is a watchable episode that fills the time well enough. It is always a hoot to see Hale Jr in a non- GILLIGAN'S ISLAND role.

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