The Rebel (1959–1961)
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Night on a Rainbow 

Approved | | Western | Episode aired 29 May 1960
Yuma arrives a year after being summoned by Ted Evans, a drummer from his Confederate regiment, to find the man addicted to pain medication and acts to help Evans break the habit while experiencing interference from an unscrupulous druggist.

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Yuma arrives a year after being summoned by Ted Evans, a drummer from his Confederate regiment, to find the man addicted to pain medication and acts to help Evans break the habit while experiencing interference from an unscrupulous druggist.

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A period piece that misrepresents drug dependency
7 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

I normally forgive older TV program/films/books that are a product of their time, however, this one is so damaging as not to ignore. In the 1960s, government propaganda concerning the use of illegal drugs was ramping up. This episode of an otherwise excellent series is a reflection that that paranoia.

The representation of the drug dependent character, Ted Evens played by James Best, is an extreme caricature of a drug addict, hopelessly addicted to patent medicines. This is a ridiculous portrayal, in my opinion, used at the time to prop up the later war on drugs which was a war of people with medical problems.

We can hope that in the enlightened 21st century, people would see through this two-dimensional representation. Sadly, many today would believe this portrayal as an accurate story about a drug dependent individual.


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