After a rock slide wrecks the stagecoach transporting dangerous convicts to Yuma prison, Ringo attempts to force the men to their destination across the desert on foot.


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Maxie Dolan
Peter Whitney ...
Arnold Riker


After a rock slide wrecks the stagecoach transporting dangerous convicts to Yuma prison, Ringo attempts to force the men to their destination across the desert on foot.

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19 November 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[to Dolan, his former partner]
Arnold Riker: Don't worry about spendin' any time in Yuma prison... because I'm going to kill you. Ringo or no Ringo, I'm going to kill you.
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Excellent Episode
4 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

JOHNNY RINGO "Dead Wait" 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 8th episode of the series.

Sheriff Don Durant is escorting a pair of convicted murderers to Yuma Territorial Prison for their hanging. The two are, the massive 6'4 Peter Whitney and the tiny 5'5 Elisha Cook Jr. They are loaded on a stagecoach hired to take the men to the prison. Whitney is less than amused with his partner in crime, Cook. He blames Cook for getting the two of them arrested. Whitney swears he is going to kill Cook before they reach Yuma.

Driving through a rocky pass, there is a landslide which sweeps the stagecoach and contents off into a canyon. The stagecoach driver and guard are killed while Sheriff Durant is badly injured. Prisoners Whitney and Cook are unharmed and both want Durant's gun.

The battered Durant has Whitney and Cook bury the two dead men and try to round up any surviving horses. Cook manages to find the guard's six-shooter and goes for his partner, Whitney. Cook knows that Whitney was not joking about killing him. Durant is fading fast, but is still quick enough to stop Cook with a well- placed shot from killing Whitney.

After burying Cook, the two start out on foot for the Yuma prison. Durant is more or less on his last legs when Whitney grabs up the second pistol. He aims and pulls the trigger. Nothing happens as Durant had emptied the weapon in case this very event happened. The pair continue on towards the prison which is just over the next ridge.

A patched up Durant watches as Whitney is taken up the scaffold to keep his date with the rope.

This is a pretty entertaining episode with plenty of action and tension. The superb look of the episode is because film noir specialist, Carl Guthrie is in the cinematographer's chair. His work in the noir genre included, 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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