Lawman: Season 1, Episode 15

The Captives (11 Jan. 1959)

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Jack McCall shot and killed Wild Bill Hickok in the back. When he holds his Uncle Jess and the doc hostage, Johnny has to think fast and hopes Marshal Dan can think even faster.



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Episode cast overview:
Jess Miller
James Bell ...
Doc Stewart
Jack McCall
Phil Tead ...
Dee Carroll ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Tom Fadden ...
James Dobson ...
Jody Peters


The Marshal and Johnny receive word that Jack McCall has shot Wild Bill Hickock in the back and is on the loose. Johnny checks on his friend Jess Mitchell who has a leg injury. Although Jess refuses to have the doctor treat him, Johnny decides to take the doctor to Jess anyway. While picking up the doctor, Johnny learns that the little Mitchell girl is going to need an operation the next day. When Johnny returns to Jess's cabin with the doctor, they find him held hostage by Jack McCall. McCall forces Johnny to return to Laramie to pick up a horse and week's worth of food for him. Johnny returns to Laramie but upon hearing the girl is worse decides he must follow orders and not tell Marshal Troop about McCall. However, Troop wonders what is happening when he learns Johnny is buying a second horse and follows Johnny to Jess's cabin where McCall is tipped off about Troop forcing a confrontation. Written by Anonymous

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11 January 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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It dealt with the death of Wild Bill Hickok by Jack McCall. On the series, McCall was arrested by Dan Troop. In real life, McCall was hanged. While this still would have been possible, Hickok died in 1876 and Dan Troop did not come to Laramie until 1879. See more »


Name used in episode is Jess Miller. Name shown in credits is Jess Mitchell, no apparent relation implied to Mrs. Mitchell who had the sick child. See more »

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