An escaped killer is out to prove that his time in prison hasn't slowed down his speed with a gun.

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Lucas McCain and the other good folks in North Fork are unsure what to do when Marshall Micah Torrance and Hattie Denton are taken prisoner in Hattie's store by a gang on the run. They say they're there to get supplies and will leave without causing trouble but it's clear that their leader is a dangerous man who wonders if his time in prison has made him weak. With something to prove, it's clear he's going to cause trouble and it will be up to Lucas McCain to face him down. Written by garykmcd

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hostage | hold up | challenge | rifle | See All (4) »

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Family | Western

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7 April 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Lyrics for the Jake Pardee song: Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. - He chased the bride and women 'til; They felt his vicious breath The fate he had in store for them; Was truly worse than death Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. -Interlude His eyes were cold as ice when; He when on a shooting binge He leered down on his victims 'cuz; He liked to see them cringe Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. - One day in Peckinpah's Saloon; He had too much to drink The sheriff took him by his neck; And threw him in the clink Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. - Jake Pardee was a highwayman; A price was on his head In every town that he came through; He killed some people dead Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. -Commercial He sat in jail for five long years; And planned and plotted well He pistol-whipped the Sheriff when; He opened up his cell Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. -Interlude (more of a lighter and bouncier interlude than the others) -Break Then Jake took up where he left off; A murderer and a thief Oh, for the torment that he caused; Oh, for the tears of grief Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. -Interlude -Break -Interlude He can't escape his sorry end; No matter how he tries He lived his life by violence; By violence he'll die Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. -Interlude -Break His eyes were cold as ice; When he went on a shooting binge He leered down on his victims 'cuz; He liked to see them cringe Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. -Interlude -Break He sat down to a poker game; And when he lost his stack He let the winner start for home; And shot him in the back Jake, Jake Pardee; Someday you'll hang. -Interlude -Break -Interlude He can't escape his sorry end; No matter how he tries He lived his life by violence; By violence he'll die. See more »

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When Jake Pardee shoots the cans on the shelves in the general store; as they fall they are clearly empty. The hollow sound of empty cans clanging against each other is heard. See more »

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Lucas McCain: Mr. Weltz, one wrong move and Hattie and Micah will be dead for a long, long time.
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Chuck Connors breaks the 4th wall in the opening credits after he shoots his riffle and then stares into the camera. See more »

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The Ballad of Jake Pardee
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Alfred Perry
Sung by Bill Lee
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Great script and great acting adds up to an enjoyable show.
16 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Three men ride into North Fork and is lead by an escape prisoner named Jake Pardee. Jake had been given a life sentence but escaped after five years of confinement. Jake as the image of himself as being the most important criminal in the west. And now he goes into Hattie's store and holds Hattie and Micah prisoner as Lucas is elected to be the Marshal in Micah's absents.

Jake wants the people of North Fork to remember him for the rest of their life so challenges Lucas to a gunfight. The outcome of the gunfight is what makes this episode stand out above others.

This episode is by far one of the better stories in the series. An entertaining script that did not go by the regular rules of western writing. With top notch acting, this episode was a hit.-- The only draw back of the show was a song 'The Ballad of Jake Pardee' that was sung slowly nearly the entire episode. But when the show is over, the thoughts of the song were long gone and the beauty of the story was shown. Good watch.

NOTE- the singer of 'The Ballad of Jake Pardee' is Bill Lee. He is the same person that was dubbed for Christopher Plumber during the song 'Edelweiss' in 'The Sound of Music".


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