Simon Kane and Zeke Bonner's job offer to itinerant laborer Ben Wait involves the stagecoach line and its passengers with the vengeful Sutter clan. The old man blames Ben for the death of ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview:
Aaron Sutter
Ben Wait (as Lon Chaney)
Zeke Bonner
Dr. Frederick Ainsworth
J. Edward McKinley ...
Senator Lucius Carr
Stanja Lowe ...
Melinda Carr
Adam Sutter
Karen Green ...
Lucy Carr
Jason Sutter (as Paul W. Carr)
Skip Ward ...
Samuel Sutter


Simon Kane and Zeke Bonner's job offer to itinerant laborer Ben Wait involves the stagecoach line and its passengers with the vengeful Sutter clan. The old man blames Ben for the death of his daughter because of the faulty first aid he believes the vagabond administered. Written by David Bassler

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7 February 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Davey Kane: Who's Aaron Sutter?
Simon Kane: The way I heard it, Sutter's got a piece of paper. Claims that proves Ben here's a criminal.
Station Master: Piece of paper can accuse a man but only a court of law can prove anything against him.
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Stagecoach West
Music by Skip Martin
Lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
Sung by Bud and Travis
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Lon Chaney and Jay C. Flippen
31 August 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

The hour long Western STAGECOACH WEST lasted only one season, during a period where prime time was inundated by a plethora of oaters such as Steve McQueen's WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE, Nick Adams' THE REBEL, or the rising popularity of BONANZA. Wayne Rogers and Robert Bray starred as US Deputy Marshals operating the Timberland Stage Line from Missouri to San Francisco, Rogers the former Confederate Luke Perry, Bray the former Union captain Simon Kane. Cast as Simon's teenage son Davey was busy child actor Richard Eyer, while James Burke was frequently seen as way station proprietor Zeke Bonner. "Not in Our Stars" is a standout episode due to the presence of veterans Lon Chaney and Jay C. Flippen, Lon as Ben Wait, runaway bonded servant of the despicable Aaron Sutter (Flippen), patriarch of a clan of four sons, pursuing Ben far and wide to exact justice for some unspecified crime. Ben's horse is tethered right outside the Timberland office, tipping off the Sutters that their quarry must be nearby, as our first glimpse of Ben Wait shows him to carry a bloody wound on the side of his head. Luke Perry is roughly interrogated but possesses no knowledge of the fugitive, while Simon Kane drives a quartet of passengers to Zeke's way station, a former senator (J. Edward McKinley), his wife (Stanja Lowe) and daughter (Karen Green), and a doctor (Whit Bissell), whose fondness for the bottle reminds one of Thomas Mitchell in John Ford's "Stagecoach." Davey is already at the station preparing dinner for his father's passengers, soon to find Ben Wait hiding in the barn, telling his tale of woe about buying his freedom from the Sutters with 50 pieces of gold, only to keep one step ahead of their vengeful wrath. During the night, the senator's daughter lies with fever from a rattlesnake bite, the doctor too drunk to offer aid, and only Ben's trust in his book "Grey's Anatomy" allowing him to provide for the girl's well meaning. By morning her parents can be assured that she'll survive, but the arrival of the Sutters might not permit the child's savior to live. Never a dull moment in a tension filled hour that offered Lon Chaney another patented sympathetic role that always brought out his best, with a young Paul Carr cast as the only Sutter who seeks to keep the peace.

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