Virgil Kincaid, the owner of a hardscrabble ranch, is accused of murdering Lorna Parrott. Her six-year-old son identifies Kincaid as the killer but, during Kincaid's subsequent trial, ... See full summary »



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Robert Gist ...
Virgil Kincaid
Henry Trask
George Mitchell ...
Judge Wilks
Prosecutor Bogan
Robert Griffin ...
Jess Parrott


Virgil Kincaid, the owner of a hardscrabble ranch, is accused of murdering Lorna Parrott. Her six-year-old son identifies Kincaid as the killer but, during Kincaid's subsequent trial, identifies a different man. The jury finds Kincaid not guilty, but the Velardi townspeople hound the rancher, killing his stock and destroying his water barrels despite Ringo's efforts to shield him from their wrath. Written by David Bassler

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15 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[a six-year-old boy is testifying at the trial of man who allegedly killed his mother]
Prosceutor Bogan: I object, your honor! That young boy has been through enough.
Johnny Ringo, Sheriff: If he's old enough to hang a man, he's old enough to answer one more question in this trial.
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The Wrong Man
9 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

JOHNNY RINGO "The Accused" 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 3rd episode of the series.

A local rancher is grabbed up by several other ranchers and accused of killing a woman. The man, Robert Gist, looks all the more guilty because he has some goods missing from the dead woman's home. Plus her son, Ron Howard, points him out as the killer.

Gist swears he is innocent. The goods he picked up off the ground after a rider had galloped by. Gist is quickly put on trial for murder. Town Sheriff, Don Durant ends up as Gist's defence counsel when no one else will step up. The young boy, Howard points out a different man and the jury finds Gist not guilty.

The majority of the town locals however are sure Gist is guilty. Gist is on the wrong end of several beatings etc. His cattle are soon being killed off, and the bank refuses to loan him money for a new well. Gist resorts to stealing water from a nearby ranch. There is a volley of gunfire exchanged with the other rancher collecting a slug.

Durant and a posse are soon beating the bush looking for Gist. Gist does not come quietly and Durant is forced to wound him. While the local doc is patching Gist up, a bounty hunter arrives in town. The bounty hunter has a man slung over a pony. The dead man is a wanted killer the bounty hunter had bagged a few days before. The bounty man tells the crowd the dead man had confessed to killing a local woman the week before. Gist really was innocent.

The episode was directed by long-time TV man, Lamont Johnson.

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