Ringo and Cully join a pair of guards from Yuma prison searching for three escaped convicts. The lawmen quickly discover that the sadistic guards would prefer to kill the escapees then return them to state custody.

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Ringo and Cully join a pair of guards from Yuma prison searching for three escaped convicts. The lawmen quickly discover that the sadistic guards would prefer to kill the escapees then return them to state custody.

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Bounty Men
3 June 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

JOHNNY RINGO "The Hunters" 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 fifth of the series.

Sheriff Don Durant is paid a visit by several bounty hunters employed by the Arizona Territory's Yuma Prison. The men, Paul Richards and Karl Lukas are in the area chasing three escaped prisoners. Richards asks if Durant would help them collar the escapees.

Durant and his deputy, Mark Goddard saddle up and join the two bounty men. It really is not much of a chase as the three prisoners are on foot, with no food or water. The three men are quickly cornered in a box canyon with no chance of getting away. Durant is about to call on the men to surrender, when Richards pulls out a scope equipped rifle and drops one of the three men.

Richards explains his actions by telling Durant and Godard that the bounty pays them $50 alive, but $100 dead. Dead men cost the territory government less to feed. Durant will have none of this, and goes up into the rocks to parley with the surviving two escapees. He gives the men a canteen of water and asks them to surrender.

The men, Ted Lehmann and Michael Hinn, refuse because they are sure Richards will kill them. The reason the men had escaped was the terrible treatment and harsh sentences at the prison. Durant believes the men, but tells them they must give up. Durant promises to see they make it back alive.

Needless to say this idea does not go over well with Richards and Lukas. Guns are yarded with Durant and Goddard getting the drop on Richards and Lukas. The pair disarm the bounty hunters, and wreck Richards' fancy scoped rifle.

This is an okay episode with Paul Richards giving another of his patented villain performances. The guy was born to play a thug.

Writer, producer and director, Howard Koch handled the direction of this particular episode.


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