Johnny kills a well known gunman when the gunman's gun jams. One son of the man was just hanged, and the remaining son is known to be faster than the father, forcing Johnny to face a bleak situation on his own.




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Jed Barker
Tom Troupe ...
Jim Barker
Dan Sheridan ...
Harrison Lewis ...
Frank Kreig ...


Gunfighter Jed Barker distraught over the hanging of his son is drinking in the Birdcage. When he sees Johnny's badge, he challenges Johnny to a gun fight but his gun misfires allowing Johnny to kill him. People are glad he is dead but he has another son who is supposedly even faster. Troop is worried that Johnny is in over his head and offers to step in but Johnny refuses. When the son arrives in Laramie, Johnny goes to confront him but Johnny discovers the son has no desire to follow in his father's footsteps much to the relief of both of them and others. Written by Anonymous

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11 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The second of only three episodes in which Deputy Johnny McKay (Peter Brown) takes off his shirt. See more »


Lily Merrill: [after Johny kills a notorious fast gun at the Birdcage] That's quite a Deputy you've got there, Dan.
Marshal Dan Troop: He'll do.
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Peter Brown again goes shirtless
28 November 2015 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Just 4 weeks after first exposing his chest on the "Chantay" episode, Peter Brown again went shirtless -- though very briefly -- in "Cornered." Once again he's sleeping in the back room of the Marshal's office. There's no sheet or blanket over him and since he's bare-chested and sleeping on his back, we get a look at his upper torso. His sleep is troubled by a nightmare, however, and he wakens in a panic and sits up before realizing the nightmare isn't real. And that's that.

Though this bit of beefcake is disappointingly brief, the "Cornered" episode is well above average, dealing with the standard western themes of gunfighters and revenge but in a way that makes the story seem fresh. Thanks for this goes to Richard Matheson, a prolific writer best known for his "Twilight Zone" episodes and such sci-fi novels as "The Shrinking Man" and "I Am Legend." Alas, fans of Peter Brown's physique had to wait more than a year for a third and final look at his best chest in an episode titled "No Contest."

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