A senator is arriving on the midnight train. A plot to kill him is wired to Troop and he has little time to figure out who and why before it arrives as that hour draws near.



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Episode cast overview:
Shorty (as Donald Barry)
Barrett (as Ted De Corsia)
Grandon Rhodes ...
Dan Sheridan ...
Clegg Willis
Senator Wellborn
Cecil Elliott ...
Mrs. Ashborne
Telegraph Clerk


Three men arrive in Laramie and setup in the loft of a barn. One of them is a sharpshooter with a scoped rifle. Their plan is to shoot the senator making a brief stop and speech at midnight at the Laramie rail station. A telegram arrives for Troop telling him of the impending assassination but no details. He and Johnny canvas the town for strangers. They find one man at the hotel who is drunk but a second telegram clears him. When one of the men stops at the saloon for a drink and hears Troop is looking for them, his spying on the Marshal's office arouses Johnny's suspicions. He is killed when he tries to ambush Troop. Troop notices a special cartridge the man is carrying and they decide to count horses to find the gun that fits it. They find a horse with a split horseshoe that Troop is able to track back to the barn where the other two men are positioned. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 May 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dan Sheridan, who would later play regular character Jake the bartender, has a minor role. See more »


When Dan is talking to Clegg in his hotel room, Clegg is holding a glass and sloshing the liquor out of it. When the camera angle changes, the glass is no longer in his hand but now on the table. See more »

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Day of the Assassin
16 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The suspenseful episode of the "Lawman" television series finds Marshal Dan Troop (John Russell) and Deputy Johnny McKay (Peter Brown) struggling to find a killer before a politician on the stump arrives for a whistle-stop speech in Laramie. The action opens with three classic western character actors, Jack Elam, Ted de Corsia, and Donald "Red" Barry, riding into the outskirts of Laramie and taking refuge in a barn. Spense (Jack Elam of "Support Your Local Sheriff")has been hired to assassinate Senator Wellborn (Paul Keast)when his train rolls in at midnight and he gives a speech supporting statehood. Spense has a rifle with a telescopic site and he fires a bullet that is so powerful it can penetrate three men back to back. The well-dressed Barrett (Ted de Corsia of "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral") appears to be the brains behind the operation, while Shorty (Donald Barry of "Skalako") is just a hired gun. Marshal Troop receives word from the telegrapher (Walter Baldwin) that there will be an attempt on the senator's life. Spense and Barrett send Shorty into town to scope it out. Meantime, Troop sends Johnny into the bars to find out about any strangers. Shorty makes the mistake of getting shot when he tries to ambush Troop, and Johnny saves Troop's life with an accurate shot. They search the corpse and find one of Spense's bullets. Troop and Johnny locate Shorty's horse, and he rides into the night to track the horse with a lantern. Meanwhile, Johnny awaits the arrival of the train so that he can hop aboard it before Wellborn makes his appearance. No sooner has Johnny jumped onto the train and warned Wellborn than Spense opens fire. Troop spots the barn, tosses the lantern into it, igniting the hay, and guns down both Spense and Barrett. "Lone Ranger" director Stuart Heisler does a good job of generating suspense from the teleplay by "War Wagon" scripter Clair Huffaker and one-time only writer Booker McClay. Heisler relies on the use of close-ups of clocks to heighten the suspense like Fred Zinneman did in the film "High Noon." As usual, John Russell is at his stalwart best as the stern Marshal Troop. My only quibble about this otherwise exciting episode is the use of an obvious miniature train that delivers the Senator to Laramie. For the record, the action in this episode transpires after dark.

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