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  • Pop, the town drunk, nearing death, asks Lucas to use a ruse to gain his long-estranged son's respect and a visit to him before he dies. Lucas agrees, and soon Pop's son, Philip, a Boston attorney, arrives in Northfork. However, their time together is all too short, for Pop dies. Philip is angered by Pop's ruse, and by the discovery that Pop has left him no material legacy. Philip takes legal action against local folk who had upset Pop before his death, charging them in his father's death. The ensuing conflict becomes a means for Luke to help Philip learn about his father, and thereby gain an unexpected legacy.

  • After the town drunk, 'Pop' Simmons, falls ill he asks Lucas McCain to help him out by contacting his son Philip who lives in Boston. When the younger Simmons arrives, he thinks his father is a successful rancher, something of a fib Lucas put in his letter to him. While there is no animosity between father and son, there is no lover either. Pop abandoned his family when Phil was just a baby and they are essentially strangers. After Pop's death however, an angry Phil decides to take legal action and refuses to even attend his father's funeral.

  • Lucas tries to do a good turn for the town drunk, but things go awry when the man's son mistakenly believes that he is now the owner of Lucas' ranch.


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