Joe Riva is nearly lynched by Pete Hendell for horse stealing which is the punishment in Kansas. Earp stops the lynching and believes Riva is innocent. Doc who knows Riva decides a different type of punishment is needed to make a point.



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Episode cast overview:
Shotgun Gibbs
Joe Riva
Helen Riva
Damian O'Flynn ...
John Milford ...
Pete Bendell
Howard Negley ...
Mr. Creevey


In Kansas the legal penalty for horse stealing is still hanging as stealing a man's horse was often the same as sentencing him to death in the west. Pete Hendell and his Bar-W men have accused Joe Riva of stealing three of their horses. As they prepare to lynch Riva, Earp and Doc Holliday stop them with Earp taking Riva into custody. Doc, a close friend of Riva, realizes it will take a special effort to free Riva. Earp who believes Riva is innocent tries to find proof he is innocent by asking Riva's daughter Helen for any bill of sales but she resorts to faking them while Shotgun finds a few character witnesses. Earp knows Doc is up to a trick but fears it will hurt Riva. Doc has Helen have Riva's men steal 20 horses and pays horse trader B. H. Creevy to sell the horses the next day on consignment. Earp then learns Doc's plan which ensnares Pete Hendell but there is still fallout putting Earp in the middle. Written by Anonymous

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13 January 1959 (USA)  »

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Several cast members call John Milford's character Pete Bendall, but IMDB's credits show the character name to be Pete Hendall. See more »


Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] A cruel but necessary law of the old West decreed death for horse thieves. Steal a man's horse on the early frontier and you left him defenseless against buffalo stampedes, Indians on the warpath, or simple starvation. But in Dodge City of the late 1870s, the horse thief law had become out of date and just plain murderous.
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The Legend of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers
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