Lucas sets out to save the life of a young soldier who has deserted from the army and is now scheduled to be executed.





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Episode cast overview:
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Baynes Barron ...


A desperate soldier turns up at Lucas' ranch seeking to get a horse at gunpoint. He has been wounded during an escape from his cavalry unit, and in a quick turn of events, Lucas finds himself caring for the soldier. A cavalry detail turns up, and Lucas learns that the soldier is wanted for desertion. Lucas discovers that the commanding officer is placing all of his men in jeopardy with his brutally excessive views of discipline. Lucas finds he has to take aggressive action to save the life of the soldier for whom he was caring from the firing squad. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Family | Western




Release Date:

15 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Ben Haskell: [to Lucas] Hold it. Drop the rifle.
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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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Lucas questions a Major's treatment of a soldier.
10 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins when Lucas hears something outside and finds a badly injured Cavalry officer that has deserted. Lucas mends the officer's injury only to find that a group of troops are outside with the intentions of taking the officer back to their unit for a court martial.

Since the troops are stationed outside of North Fork, the officer over the troops, Major Dalmer, uses the North Fork jail to house the deserter. When Lucas comes to town he finds that the officer has had no medical treatment and begins to question the Major's command. All this does is lead Lucas down a road where the Major begins a campaign to make sure his command is never questioned.

An entertaining story that could had continued well after the allotted thirty minute time limit. Robert Cornthwaite was excellent playing the Major with the idea that his word is always right. Plus it was nice to see Harry Carey Jr in a role that looked made for him. Good watch.

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