Jess is riding as deputy with a marshal chasing a gang to a private fort on the Santa Fe trail in the desert of New Mexico. The outlaw gang takes one of the men from the fort as hostage wanting the marshal and the wounded Jess in return.




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Clint Gentry
Frank Bannister


Frank Bannister and his gang stop at a New Mexico road house for food and rest. They take the young couple who own it prisoner. They kill them and burn down the building before leaving. Deputy Marshal Jess Harper and the Marshal are on the trail of Frank Bannister and his gang for two weeks when Bannister turns the tables on them along the Santa Fe trail in New Mexico. Afoot and with nowhere else to run they make for Fort Defiance Trading Post with Bannister close on their heels. The men, headed by Clint Gentry, who live at the trading post rescue Jess who is wounded and the marshal but one their own, Reb who gave Jess and the marshal time to run, is captured. Bannister is willing to trade, giving Clint an ultimatum, Jess and the marshal for his friend Reb. Gentry is caught between a rock and a hard place and so are Jess and the marshal. Written by DarSpi

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19 April 1960 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The opening credits of this episode from 1960 copy closely the opening credits of the 1946 film, "My Darling Clementine", starring Henry Fonda. That film also featured the cast names and other information carved or burnt into wooden signs and the post on which they are attached swivels as the camera moves down to the next sign. See more »


After reinforcing a wagon against gunfire, a character states "Ain't platin', like Old Ironsides, but she'll do." The USS Constitution did not have metal plating (which was 60 years off). It got its nickname when cannon fire rebounded from its heavy oak planking. See more »

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Not bad, but not Laramie
3 February 2016 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This is not really a Laramie episode, except that it manages to cast Robert Fuller as Jess Harper in it. It may have been a test to see how well it would fare as a series (and for whatever the reason, it was dumped). Even the music and credits are not the same as Laramie. I suppose that the planned title of the new series was going to be Fort Defiance or even Men Of Defiance. Regardless, it was an odd way to introduce a new show. At least it included Fuller, who always elevated westerns to new heights, and he is great, as always as Jess Harper. It did include some favorites of the time, such as John Anderson, Edger Buchanan, Don Megowan, and Denny Miller, who would later co-star with Fuller, on Wagon Train. The story is rather pedestrian, but does feature some good performances.

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