Snake bit, Yuma collapses at the home of a marshal who's been targeted by hired killers. He is taken in by the marshal's wife and son. But when they are both gone, the marshal's deputy, Roader, kills the marshal on his return home and frames Yuma.

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Deputy Roader
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Marshal Tom Weed
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Snake bit, Yuma collapses at the home of a marshal who's been targeted by hired killers. He is taken in by the marshal's wife and son. But when they are both gone, the marshal's deputy, Roader, kills the marshal on his return home and frames Yuma.

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13 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Richard Jaeckel and Martha Vickers
31 July 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Rattler" opens with Johnny Yuma treating his rattlesnake bite at the ranch of absent Marshal Tom Weed (Keith Richards), where he passes out in front of his wife Bess (Martha Vickers, later seen in "Vindication"). Deputy Roader (Richard Jaeckel, later seen in "Run, Killer, Run") handcuffs the unconscious Yuma to the bed belonging to the Marshal's son Davey (Tony Haig), a precautionary measure against hired guns seeking a reward for killing her husband. Davey becomes very fond of Johnny after reading of the rebel's adventures near and far, while Roader stays close to Bess because he secretly covets her for himself, the actual hired gun sent to kill the Marshal. Once the Marshal returns home, Roader succeeds in taking him by surprise, shooting him in the back three times, then knocking out Yuma and placing the murder weapon in his hand. With the widow and boy now believing Johnny to be a cold blooded killer, all Roader needs to claim her and the ranch for his own is to rile the townspeople into a lynching. One of the very best episodes, Richard Jaeckel quite adept at despicable characters, while gorgeous Martha Vickers was winding down an all too brief career.


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