After an eccentric old woman comes to the town of Nichols claiming that in her youth she nursed a wounded Jesse James after he was shot by the cowardly Bob Ford and that the infamous outlaw... See full summary »

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Ruth
Neva Patterson ...
Ma Ketcham
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Marcus A.F. Baxter
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Luke
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Minnie Dowd
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Charles Knapp ...
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After an eccentric old woman comes to the town of Nichols claiming that in her youth she nursed a wounded Jesse James after he was shot by the cowardly Bob Ford and that the infamous outlaw is still alive, Sheriff Nichols takes a road trip on his signature motorcycle to confirm or debunk this extraordinary tale. On route he is sidelined by a con man (Jack Elam) who overhears about Nichols quest for James. Eventually, they meet the old gunslinger or do they? At one point on his road trip Nichols disguises himself as a parson. An alternate title for episode 19 is "Man of the Cloth." (Charles McGraw, who played Hansen in the Gulley vs. Hansen episode, plays "Jesse James.") Written by DBF

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15 February 1972 (USA)  »

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Support Your Local Reunion
29 May 2016 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Disappointing reunion of James Garner with his "Support Your Local Sheriff/Gunfighter" co-star Jack Elam who plays Marcus Baxter, who may or may not be a Pinkerton detective (at least he claims to be).

Nichols and Baxter are both on the trail of a man who may be the famous Jesse James and hope to collect the $133,000 reward (it was never rescinded even though James had been pronounced dead).

You'd expect some seriously good scenes between Elam and Garner who were so good together in both the "Support Your" movies, but there just aren't. I think for one thing the script made Elam's character a little too intelligent as a con artist and his character lacks the heart that made his previous appearances with Garner so enjoyable.

Rance Howard (Ron Howard's dad) has more lines than usual as a deputy in a town (where they are arresting any stranger because someone has threatened to punch Teddy Roosevelt in the face when he comes through town--a plot line that goes nowhere) and does a nice job with them. Charles McGraw ("The Narrow Margin") makes his second appearance on the "Nichol" series, this time as Luke, who is suspected of being Jesse James. Fran Ryan also has a nice turn as a trouble making old woman who clues Nichols in to the idea that James is alive.

I had high hopes for this episode. It fell far short of the anticipation.


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