Bret's venture to aid an endangered beauty save her father's property throws Bret alone, in the middle of a gang of vicious robbers hunting for their buried take near Lonesome, Colorado. ... See full summary »
Bret's venture to aid an endangered beauty save her father's property throws Bret alone, in the middle of a gang of vicious robbers hunting for their buried take near Lonesome, Colorado. Riding into Lonesome, Bret is warned by the town's road sign, on which "Welcome" is crossed out & "Behave" painted in. Lonesome's citizens are consumed with revenge for the bank robbers (especially Richard Reeves, "Billy the Kid versus Dracula", "Dance with Me Henry") - & greed for the missing loot. Written by
This is a rewrite of an episode of the radio program "Adventures of Philip Marlowe" , also entitled "The Lonesome Reunion". It aired 12 Feb 1949 and starred occasional Maverick (1957) guest star Gerald Mohr. See more »
At this point in its progression, the series is beginning to hit stride. Bret has developed into a tongue-in-cheek character whose humorous foibles allow the writers to create many more entertaining situations than if he were the usual infallible good-guy. In short, it's okay to make him the butt of the humor. His dignity depends on quick wits and charm, not on a fast-draw. For example, note how the kid in the chair beats Bret at his own negotiating game, or how Bret gets flattened by the sagging bed springs, or how he crawls around the floor to retrieve a hat box. He even eyes a woman's dress to escape the hotel but decides it's too small!
Now these sorts of embarrassments were never seen in other Westerns of the day. Much too undignified for the macho heroes. Yet they are precisely the sort of humorous snags that distinguish this series and make Bret so engaging. Note also, the failure with the jailhouse keys-- another cliché debunked. On the other hand, the episode's plot does little to advance the light-hearted spirit, while the melodramatic climax suggests the writers have still not figured out how to avoid the usual shoot-out cliché. That , I think, would come in time.
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