A special assistant to the territorial marshal is touring the area and wants to know what Troop is and has been doing to clean up the town. If progress isn't made he will step in and do it for him with all the authority he thinks he has.

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Orville Luster
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Lou Silk
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Brad Oliver (as John Cason)
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Orville Luster, a US Marshal Inspector, arrives in Laramie to check on the quality of the job Troop does enforcing the law. He is unhappy with what he sees and threatens to appoint a Deputy US Marshal to Laramie which would effectively end Troop's job along with Johnny's. Troop tries to point out the difference between real criminals versus men blowing off steam. Luster forces Johnny to arrest two men for scuffling in the Birdcage although everyone knows them to be no problem. Troop releases the men later who continue to get drunk in the stable where they overhear two men plan to kill Luster and rob the railroad. Though drunk they stop the men from killing Luster until Troop arrives. Written by Anonymous

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24 December 1961 (USA)  »

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Final television appearance for John L. Cason who died in July 1961, 5 months before this episode aired in December. See more »

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A timeless episode for common sense law enforcement
23 December 2015 | by (Unknown Origins) – See all my reviews

I'm re-watching this nearly 54 years to the day after it aired. The premise here is a federal bureaucrat butting in on local law enforcement. A "special assistant" to the territorial marshal is in town reviewing local law enforcement. Dan straightens him out regarding "gun free" zones with advice that was true in the 1880's, true in 1961 when this aired, and still true in 2015: A man who has business with a gun is going to bring it in anyhow. Taking everyone else's is just going to make his job easier. Dan also lays out the how cowboys live and deal with stress: Out here there is nothing much to do and lots of time to do it. Fights occasionally take place and afterward the fighters shake hands. Everything is going fine until the bureaucrat sticks his nose in where it does not belong.

The bureaucrat compels Johnny to make a bad arrest on a couple of happy but loud drunks, and Dan uses common sense to release them. This does not sit well with the bureaucrat,who threatens to have Dan replaced by calling for a deputy US Marshal for Laramie. Dan had observed that taxes pay for Marshals and the town cannot afford two. The drunks overhear a plot by a couple of outlaws to kill the bureaucrat and commit a robbery.

The drunks intercede by going to the bureaucrat's hotel room and a comedic fight sequence takes place, ending up in Dan and Johnny saving the day.

At the end, the bureaucrat sees that Dan was right and buts out. If only we could be so lucky in modern times.


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