A innocent man is convicted of murder. A man is hired to find the real killer. He plots the escape of a second man who hopes will lead him to the guilty party. Reese, however, almost messes up his whole plan by nearly catching the escapee.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Jab Harlan
Lilah Evans
Brad Scanlon
Frank Garrett
Ruth Phelps
Millford Jenkins
John Anthony Hayes ...
Tom Phelps (as Anthony Hayes)
The Vendor
Joel Fluellen ...


When an innocent man is convicted for murdering a man, his wife hires a gunman, Jab Harlan, to prove his innocence. He arranges the escape of a second man who did participate in the crime hoping he will lead Jab to the real accomplice. Reese is sent after the escapee, Brad Scanlon, and almost captures him until Jab interferes. Reese takes Jab in to Parmalee who tells Jab to stay in Laredo but Jab sneaks out of town. Scanlon meets his girl friend Lilah Evans and they trick Reese into thinking Scanlon has been killed. Jab knows better and trails Scanlon only to see him killed. He plots with Lilah to trick the accomplice but Reese has also learned Scanlon is not dead or so he thought. Reese thinks he has the situation under control but it is really Jab controlling Reese but he does need Reese's help. Written by Anonymous

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13 January 1966 (USA)  »

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Jack Lord Takes the Pilot Seat
27 December 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Dark-suited good guy Jack Lord (as Jabin "Jab" Harlan), who likes to operate "Above the Law", has been hired to track down the man who framed an innocent Kansas man. To achieve his mission, Mr. Lord allows a criminal named Scanlon (John Kellogg) to escape capture by Reese (Neville Brand). Instead of bringing in Scanlon, Reese takes Lord into Laredo. There, Lord briefly meets Chad (Peter Brown) and Joe (William Smith); and, he argues with Capt. Parmalee (Philip Carey) about working outside the law. Undaunted, Lord sets out to complete his mission, with Reese tracking his progress...

This episode is an obvious "try-out" for Jack Lord as a TV series star; and, he does have the presence and ability to carry the hour. Lord is quite good in the "western" genre; and, his Emerson (and Shakespeare) quoting vigilante character is very appealing. This premise, if a "pilot", did not become a television series. In a few years, Lord would find great TV success as police detective "Steve McGarrett" on "Hawaii Five-O". Reese provides good "sidekick" support; and, Lola Albright (as Lilah) is a strong guest star. This isn't much of a "Laredo" episode; but, it is a fairly effective showcase for the guest star.

**** Above the Law (1/13/66) Richard Benedict ~ Jack Lord, Neville Brand, Lola Albright

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