After Earp kicks Bennett out of Wichita for a crooked Faro game, Bennett hires the killer Manon Clemens to kill Earp and have his cowboys tree the town. Earp uses trickery to defeat Clemens who kills Bennett for deceiving him.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mannen Clemens
Dave Bennett
Marsh Murdock
Laurie Castle
Deputy Sam Leggitt


Bennett's bouncer beats up Mr. Hailey who caught Bennett with a crooked Faro game using a screw box to deal. Earp gives Bennett six hours to close up The Palace and leave town which he does. Bennett looks up Manon Clemens who has killed at least 26 men. Clemens is willing to take on Earp but is leery of an ambush or of being in a town. The only person he trusts is his girl friend Laurie Castle who he sends into to town to check things out. Bennett wants Clemens to not only kill Earp but his cowboys to tree the town. Earp hears about the plan so he has Marsh Murdock publish an editorial saying Clemens is a coward plus he has a chat with Laurie acting as if he didn't know who Clemens is or that he had any worries about him. She lets slip that Clemens doesn't like graveyards. Given Laurie's report and the editorial Clemens and his men with Bennett ride to Wichita. Earp meets him at the edge of town on horseback along with 80 deputies. He invites Clemens into the lumberyard where the two ... Written by Anonymous

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25 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Narrator: Wyatt Earp, as Marshal of Wichita, Kansas in 1875, has yet to face the most dangerous threat which can confront a western cow town. Rebellious cowboys need only a leader like Mannen Clemens, the deadliest gunfighter on the brawling Chisholm Trail, to become an invading band of outlaws, determined to kill every peace officer and citizen who stands in their way.
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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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A Hired Killer comes a Calling
12 November 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF Wyatt Earp – The Killer - 1956

This is episode 8 of the 1955-1961 western series that starred Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.

Wyatt Earp, (Hugh O'Brian) the town Sheriff in Wichita Kansas is getting the gambling hall owners upset. The main target of O'Brian is gambler House Peters Jr and his faro dealers. O'Brian catches Peters in the act of cheating and gives him 6 hours to close his place, and exit town.

Peters swears revenge and heads off to hire a top gun-hand. He finds such a man in Mannen Clemens. Clemens, played by Lane Bradford, has twenty plus kills to his name. Peters offers Bradford a large cash payment if he will eliminate O'Brian for him.

Bradford agrees, but is cautious, and refuses to just ride into Wichita and look for O'Brian. He sends in his girl, Claire Carlton to do some re con and report back. O'Brian hears through the grapevine about Peters hiring a big time gun. When Carleton comes a snooping, O'Brian acts like he never heard of Bradford. He then cunningly pumps Carleton on Bradford's habits etc.

Carleton returns to Bradford and Peters and tells them that she thinks O'Brian is a bumbling fool. Bradford now rounds up his gang, as well as Peters, and heads for a showdown with O'Brian.

O'Brian has sworn in a bunch of extra deputies and has them placed ready to ambush Bradford and his men. Needless to say things do not go the gunman's way and he quickly exits town with his men in tow. That is after shooting and killing House Peters Jr for leading him into a trap. Problem solved.

This is another quick and to the point episode of this long running (227 episode) series. The direction was by long time b-film helmsman, Frank McDonald.

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