An aging Russian violinist takes up residence in Velardi but refuses Johnny's offer of assistance when members of his country's secret police arrive soon after.



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Episode cast overview:
Laura Thomas (credit only)
Terence de Marney ...
Case Thomas (as Terence Demarney)
Chet Tomstedter
Dennis McMullen ...
Josh Malloy
Nick Bolin ...
Oren Curtis ...
Andy Baranov


An aging Russian violinist takes up residence in Velardi but refuses Johnny's offer of assistance when members of his country's secret police arrive soon after.

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18 February 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Johnny Ringo: Go ahead, Chet. Go ahead and draw!
Chet Tomstedter: Sure. I shoot an unarmed man and you and that fancy shot kid gun me down for murder legal. Is that the best you can do, Ringo?
Johnny Ringo: My hopes are high you'll give me something better.
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Russian on the Run
5 November 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

JOHNNY RINGO "The Assassins" 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 20th episode of the series.

This one starts with the stage from out of town dropping off a dapper looking Akim Tamiroff. Tamiroff steps right into the middle of a dispute between the town bully, Ed Nelson, and local, Dennis McMullen. The two men are both after the same girl, dancer, Connie Hines. Hines wants McMullen and Nelson is not amused. Nelson is handy with a gun and calls McMullen out.

Tamiroff steps between the two and stops Nelson from killing McMullen. Nelson gives Tamiroff a solid punch to the noggin, knocking him to the ground. Now Sheriff Durant arrives on the scene. Nelson may be handy with his shooting iron, but he is no match for Durant. Nelson fades away.

Tamiroff it appears is a Russian on the run from his country's Secret Police. Said Tsar's Secret Police are now in town looking to finish off the enemy of the State, Tamiroff. Tamiroff had been involved in the death of a Policeman back in Russia. It had been an accident, but the Tsar's boys had no sense of ha, ha.

Tamiroff, tired of running just wants to end it all. He is suffering from a heart condition and does not have long to live anyway. He picks a fight in the bar the next day with thug Nelson. Nelson is happy to "help" out and plugs the old guy. This forces Sheriff Durant to step up and drill a few extra holes in Nelson.

Not really much of an episode, with a plot one has seen before on various TV productions. Tamiroff though does his best with the limited lines he has.

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