The Loner: Season 1, Episode 1

An Echo of Bugles (18 Sep. 1965)

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William Colton rides into a town one month after Appomatox. Inside, there is a young man, not much more than a boy, who is talking really tough. An old man fresh out of a prison camp is ... See full summary »



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William Colton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jody Merriman
Joe Haworth ...
Lou Krugman ...
Michael Mortensen ...
Young Confederate Boy
Gregg Palmer ...
Stephen Roberts ...
Confederate Captain


William Colton rides into a town one month after Appomatox. Inside, there is a young man, not much more than a boy, who is talking really tough. An old man fresh out of a prison camp is there as well. The old man, Ab Nichols, fought for the Confederacy, and is offended when the young drunk, Jody Merriman, desecrates the Confederate flag. That's when Colton gets involved. As he fights for this man's honor, he remembers back to the last day of the Civil War and another young man he came face-to-face with. Written by Michelle

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18 September 1965 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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William Colton: Son, you got two places to go. First to a doctor to get that cleaned out. Then to a minister to thank the good Lord that you're still breathing.
Jody Merriman: You could've gone six inches lower. You could've killed me. You had your chance. What happened?
William Colton: I had my chance once before.
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Excellent First Episode
7 February 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE LONER- "An Echo of Bugles" – 1965 This is episode one of the 1965-66 western series, THE LONER. It stars Lloyd Bridges as an ex Union Cavalry officer who heads out west after the Civil War.

It is a month after the end of the civil war and Bridges rides into a small Texas town. He stops at the saloon for a beer. Inside he finds a young man of 17, Tony Bill, verbally abusing an old crippled veteran of the Confederacy.

Bridges watches quietly till Bill starts beating on the man, Whit Bissell. He steps in to stop Bill. Bridges roughs the youth up a bit and forces him to give Bissell an apology. A furious Bill challenges Bridges to a duel. The time is set for an hour later.

Bridges agrees and sips his beer. He then thinks back to the last battle of the war he was in. He had killed a young Confederate soldier literally minutes before hearing the war was over.

Bridges meets Bill at the appointed time for the gunfight. He is quicker off the mark and wounds the lad in the shoulder. He helps bandage the lad and tells him to grow up. The next man he picks a fight with might kill him. He then heads off again on his trek westward.

Not bad at all in my humble opinion.

The director was Alex March. The series was created by the great, Rod Serling. Serling also wrote this particular episode.

The score was by Gerry Goldsmith.

Also in the cast are John Hoyt, Lou Krugman, Mike Mortensen and James B. Sikking. (b/w)

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