Lily Merrill opens her new saloon the "Birdcage" in Laramie after being run out of Billings, Montana. She allows the dealer Len Ferrell to work for her despite his actions in Billings and her better judgment.


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Episode cast overview:
Len Farrell
Nan Peterson ...
Dan Sheridan ...
Barney Tate
Charles Maxwell ...
Lonzo Grey
Nina Vaughn ...
Sarabelle (as Mina Vaughn)


Lily Merrill opens the new Birdcage saloon in Larmie. She was driven out of Billings, Montana after an incident where an employee robbed a patron. When she happily learns Marshal Troop does not want a payoff, she also finds he wants no trouble and her reputation has preceded her. She decides to rehire Len Farrell to deal poker when she learns he and Annette are trying to get married. When Barney Tate mistakenly thinks he has been robbed, Troop gets heat from Lily for thinking her people were involved. However, Len reverts to original form and decides to rob a gambler but has to stab him to escape. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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While the Birdcage saloon is listed as new, it was first mentioned and shown in Season 1 episode 31: Lawman: The Huntress (1959) See more »

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I Love Lily and Dan together
12 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Two things I wish...John Russell had become a MUCH bigger star. Second, that Peggie Castle lived longer. So young to be lost to addiction. Alcohol is just so evil, and she was just a joy to watch. Those two had fabulous chemistry together and I loved Peter Brown in the mix. I really love this series. I wish it was run on more stations or at least back on Encore Western. John Russell was considered by his peers to be a great talent who really should have been bigger. The show wasn't stupid or was well-done and produced with smarts behind it. This wasn't a schlocky show was a grownups western series. Hope people will discover what a solid show and series Lawman was.

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