Bret comes to the assistance of a Eastern woman who came west when she learns of her husband's gold strike. A ruthless family of ranchers have killed her husband, though, and try to ... See full summary »
Bret comes to the assistance of a Eastern woman who came west when she learns of her husband's gold strike. A ruthless family of ranchers have killed her husband, though, and try to convince the young lady that they are her late husband's partners. Written by
Although none of the attacking Indians in the show were credited, one of them is a very young James Coburn. See more »
In the first scenes, Ray Teal is using a swing out cylinder, double action revolver not produced until long after this time period. See more »
[Indians attack the stagecoach depot]
It could be all of us against 'em instead of just the three of you.
I wouldn't give you a gun if they was lookin' down our throat!
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Good story adapted from a Louis L'Amour work. Ray Teal and his two sons, Edd "Kookie" Byrnes and Peter Brown, are out to steal a mining claim from widow Erin O'Brien after they've killed her husband. Only Bret Maverick stands in the way. Byrnes is surprisingly good as a cold-blooded killer. It's unexpected that the producers would use him again so soon after Episode #4 Ghost Rider. Here, they slap on a moustache and hope, I guess, that viewers won't remember that he was killed off two weeks earlier.
Nearly the entire 60 minutes takes place in a single set of a stage depot, so the script has its work cut out for it. The problem is handled pretty well, with an Indian attack that has some nice touches and a round of shifting alliances among the cast principals. So things do keep moving. The climax is interesting since Maverick's intentions are cast into doubt. In fact, you might consider whether his actions have been morally correct all along. The twists do get pretty complicated, so it's not easy to determine a balance sheet in the end. Anyway, Teal is quite good as the brains of the family, while Jim Bannon in a bit role as the ill-fated Matson manages to pull off a rare bit of acting skill. In a part that calls for being frightened, he actually appears frightened. That's a rarity for both the little screen and the big one.
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