A couple engaged to be married buy all the tickets for the westbound run from Timberline, booting off Mr. Duncan, one of the scheduled passengers, in the process. When the stagecoach stops ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Davey Kane (credit only)
Simon Kane (credit only)
Beaumont Butler Buell
Susan McLord
Billy Joe (as Warren M. Oates)
Than Wyenn ...
Lionel Chambers (as George Neise)
Tom McBride ...
Steve McLord (as T.M. McBride)
Steve Tinker
Cal (as Olan Soulé)


A couple engaged to be married buy all the tickets for the westbound run from Timberline, booting off Mr. Duncan, one of the scheduled passengers, in the process. When the stagecoach stops at the next way-station, Luke discovers that an outlaw gang was planning on robbing Duncan of the $20,000 he was carrying. Since their intended victim wasn't on-board, the owlhoots decide to hold the other passengers for ransom. Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

3 January 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[tosses Luke a hatchet]
Beaumont Butler Buell: I figure it's always good for a man to know he's earnin' his keep.
[Buell brandishes his pistol]
Beaumont Butler Buell: And before you start talkin' yourself into throwin' that axe, remember I've got five arguments against that you haven't heard yet so start choppin'.
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Stagecoach West
Music by Skip Martin
Lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
Sung by Bud and Travis
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Fast out of the box but fades faster
1 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Station agent Steve Tinker (Wally Brown) is lying in the horse trough singing Shenandoah when Beaumont Butler Buell (Robert Vaughn) and his gang ride in. Buell compliments Tinker but when Tinker objects to the men going in to the station to get food, Buell has his men kill him where he is. The gang expects a man named Duncan to be on the stage carrying a bag with $20,000; but he is bumped off the stage when Susan McLord pays for the entire coach. She is eloping with her fiancé Lionel Chambers and doesn't like to associate with the lower classes. When Buell and his men discover Dunan isn't on-board, they get angry but Beull decides they can hold McLord for ransom; a ransom $50,000. Lionel offers to deliver the ransom message, much to the disappointment of McLord; but Buell shoots Lionel and places his body and message on the stage and sends it off as a clear message to McLord's father. Then they ride off to their encampment for better safety.

Buell's gang has some great character actors: Teacher (Dennis Patrick), Pasaquindice (Than Wyenn), and Billy Joe (Warren Oates). Vaughn here is perfect showing the insouciance that was his hallmark as Napoleon Solo.

McLord tries to drive a wedge between the members of the gang and is nonplussed that none of them respond to her offers. The episode goes off the rails when Perry manages to loosen the twelve by twelve support beam he is handcuffed to and slip off without anyone hearing the racket he made. Then McLord tempts Billy Joe into the cave where she and Perry are being held. Perry jumps Billy Joe killing him in the attack. They escape but Buell and Teacher are in pursuit. Now they are on horseback and have guns, but can't track Perry who leaves a trail a cub scout could follow. After all this, Susan McLord is having an epiphany(s) about herself and her spoiled ways. Is Perry able to defeat the remaining three gang members? Will McLord (now called Susan as a sign of her friendship and respect for Perry) help? Can she shoot? Will the gang members all be fooled into shooting one another? Will they fall for the old toss the rock to misdirect attention? Yeah, that's pretty much it.

At least the first ten minutes were great.

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