Laredo (1965–1967)
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A Taste of Money 

Reese's close but eccentric friend is an inventor and mechanical genius. When a group of bank robbers see him open a jammed safe, they decide he should become a member of their gang. To persuade him, they capture and threaten Reese.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Reese Bennett
Chad Cooper
Joe Riley
Capt. Edward Parmalee
Major John Cane
Ezekiel Fry (as Noah Beery)
Robert Yuro ...
Sebastian 'Sab' Melendez
Jim Goodwin ...
Fred Partens
Filmore Wills
Richard Reeves ...
Fred Carson ...


When the Laredo Bank vault is jammed, the Rangers grab Reese's eccentric, elderly inventor friend Major Cane to successfully open it like magic. A couple of bank robbers watching him do it, have a con artist partner convince Cane to open another vault in the Porforio Bank - this time without the knowledge of the bank management. Parmalee sends the Rangers to investigate the robbery where they realize that the inventor was involved with the robbery, but can't believe he's turned into a criminal. They send Reese to determine where the whereabouts of Cane during the robbery but Reese is kidnapped by the robbers to use as leverage to force Cane to help them rob the biggest cache of cash in Texas - The Cattle Buyer's Exchange. Worried about Reese's disappearance, Chad and Joe make use of a friendly mutt to sniff out Reese's location. Meanwhile, due to the beating of Reese and a threat to his life, Cane decides to cooperate. He has the robbers gather equipment to practice his plan for ... Written by David Bassler

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28 April 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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An inventive mind
9 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Charlie Ruggles who delighted so many on the big screen with his milquetoast characters is the guest star in this Laredo story. He's a man of many talents, a dreamer, but a man with certain practical skills.

When the safe at the bank won't open and there's a riot forming outside of drovers looking to be paid, Ruggles is called in and opens the safe. Noah Beery, Jr. and Robert Yuro a pair of robbers witness this outside as they are casing the joint and Beery decides this man could be very useful to the gang.

Ruggles's best friend in Laredo is Ranger Reese Bennett who doesn't understand anything, but thinks him a good soul. To save his life and well being Ruggles joins the gang.

All I can say is that Beery and the rest don't really appreciate just how inventive Ruggles is.

It's a great episode and you have to see what Ruggles puts the outlaws through before he and Neville Brand are rescued by William Smith and Peter Brown.

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