Lucas and Mark try to help out a man who has been swindled in a horse-trading transaction.


(as William Claxton)



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Jack Kirkwood ...
Clegg Hoyt ...
Fern Barry ...


Kansas Sawyer, A friend of Luke's, tell him and Mark that one Colonel Bourbon is bringing his horse-trading business to town for a day. Kansas and his wife buy a horse from the trader. The trader causes an injury to the horse, hoping Kansas will bring the horse back and sell him back for half-price. Meanwhile, Luke and Mark, having looked at Col Bourbon's stock, buy the lamed horse from Kansas. Luke discovers not only the horse-trader's ruse, but also finds that the horse is stolen, and being sought by two outlaws interested in the reward for the stolen horse. Luke must deal with the situation and in so doing he helps Mark to learn something about horse-trading. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Family | Western




Release Date:

9 February 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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As Lucas and Mark ride into North Fork, Lucas is wearing a vest and Mark is wearing a coat, but when they arrive in town, they both are wearing only shirts. See more »


Jonah Winters: Ain't never carved a Kentucky colonel before.
Lester Chard: Just like Virginia ham.
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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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One of the weaker episodes.
5 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a rare disappointing story, a horse trader rides into North Fork with a smart little trick that he uses against buyers. It seems that Colonel Bourbon has a slick trade and gets people to buy a nice looking horse only to have them return the horse when they find it may have an injury. But it is hard to prove when the injury occurred so the good Colonel gives half the money back to the buyer in a sign of good faith. But what has really happened is that Colonel has inserted a tack into the horse's hoof and when the horse is returned he pulls the tack and the horse is fine for the next buyer.

Here is when the story gets strange. There is a horse that has been stolen and the owner is offering a reward. Two rides come into town with obvious knowledge of Colonel Bourbon's tactics and knows he has the stolen horse. But the Colonel has already sold the horse and now is the property of Lucas McCain. This is not going to stop the two men from getting the horse.

After so many great shows, this script just did not have much excitement. The entire situation just was not interesting and stirred little emotion. They did throw-in some humor but it could not save this episode from being dry. The first episode, in a long time, that did not live up to the series standards.

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