Lawman (1958–1962)
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Heritage of Hate 

John Kemper is doing everything he can to drive off Laurie who killed his son but is now out on parole. Laurie decides to find a mail order husband to help fight John but gets more than she expected in him.




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Episode cast overview:
Deputy Johnny McKay
John Kemper
Henry Bildy
Judge Traeger
Grace Albertson ...
Sarah Bildy
Cowhand (as Jack Catron)


John Kemper has not forgiven Laurie Kemper for killing his son when he attacked her even after Laurie on parole served three years in prison. Kemper runs off the men Troop sends to work Laurie's farm. Laurie tries a new tactic - a mail order husband, Bill Fells. He spent time in a Texas prison for his own crimes. Laurie makes it clear the marriage is to ensure a man to help her run the farm but there is to be no romantic interests. She expected Fells to be an older crusty type but he is a good looking man her age with a good temperament. Kemper and his men continue to bother them including beating Fells in Laramie. When Troop arrests Kemper's men for the beating, Kemper decides to burn their home but Johnny following Kemper witnesses his actions. The people of Laramie who were against the couple, change their minds based on the couple's actions versus Kemper's actions. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 March 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actors Frank Albertson and Grace Albertson, who played the married Bildys in this episode, were married in real life. See more »


When Dan is talking to Bildy in the final scene, Dan's arms are crossed while he holds a hammer. After the camera angle changes, his arms are at his sides. See more »

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Kathie Browne and William Joyce
14 January 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Heritage of Hate" is distinguished by the presence of lovely Kathie Browne, so busy in TV Westerns during the 1960's (and co-star of the series HONDO), but remains best remembered for being cast against type as the desirable queen of a dying race in STAR TREK's "Wink of an Eye," and later marrying actor Darren McGavin in 1969 (they remained together until her death in 2003). She is well cast here as Laurie Kemper, just released from a three year prison sentence for killing her abusive husband in self defense, returning to the old homestead, and bitterly opposed from starting over by John Kemper (Roy Roberts), the father of her deceased spouse. When Kemper's henchmen drive off a hired hand sent over by Marshal Troop, she gets a reprieve by the timely arrival of her new fiancée, Bill Fells (William Joyce), only two months out of jail himself, jumping at the chance for a new life through a matrimonial agency. It comes as no surprise that the two strangers wind up falling in love, but John Kemper refuses to let them live a peaceful life. There is a beautiful woman beneath that plain appearance, and Kathie really gets a chance to strut her stuff when she uses a bullwhip on Kemper's henchmen in the saloon, where an astonished Bill Fells first catches a glimpse of his bride-to-be. Hollywood veteran Frank Albertson appears with his wife Grace, and Roy Roberts is just as despicable as he was in 1953's "House of Wax," where he destroyed partner Vincent Price's wax museum. He may not be a familiar face, but William Joyce's busy TV schedule still permitted him to star in the low budget cult horror film "I Eat Your Skin," shot by director Del Tenney in 1964, but not issued until it shared a memorable drive-in double bill with 1970's "I Drink Your Blood" (needless to say, both features were filmed under different titles).

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