Stagecoach West (1960–1961)
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A retiring bookkeeper agrees to help a businessman destroy his factory for the insurance money, but the plot backfires when the owner is killed in a bungled robbery by the bookkeeper's ... See full summary »


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Sally Burke


A retiring bookkeeper agrees to help a businessman destroy his factory for the insurance money, but the plot backfires when the owner is killed in a bungled robbery by the bookkeeper's wife's lover. The killer joins the husband and wife on Luke's stagecoach for their trip to San Francisco and tries to steal the five thousand dollars the bookkeeper received as a retirement gift en route. Written by David Bassler

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14 February 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[last lines]
Luke Perry: Well, there is one matter, Sime.
Simon Kane: What's that?
Luke Perry: Mr. Murchison. He's going to take a dim view of us losing a stage and a buckboard in that fire.
Jethrow Burke: Oh, I think I can fix that. You see, I still have the five thousand dollars.
Simon Kane: The five thousand dollars? But Craig took that.
Jethrow Burke: No, he took my money belt. Here's the money.
Luke Perry: But the money belt?
Jethrow Burke: Merely for protection, Mr. Perry. You see, I read you frontiersman kept your valuables in your money belts, so I kept my money in my pocket!
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Stagecoach West
Music by Skip Martin
Lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
Sung by Bud and Travis
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More complex plot than was needed
3 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

In an episode that proved confusing at time, we have a business that has fallen on hard times. The owner of the business is going bankrupt but he does not want people to know the true state of affairs. He tells people around town that the business is booming and he has $50,000 in the safe at the business. However, this is not true and his safe is empty. The owner plans to burn the business with the help of his long time employee, Jethrow Burke, and collect the insurance money.

Mr Burke has a plan where a candle will burn for hours before a fire starts in the business. He will be long gone by the time the fire starts and will not be connected to the fire in any way. The owner gives Mr Burke $5,000 for his long time service and thanks him for his many years of work. But he does not know that his wife, Sally Burke, has a plan with a local swindler, Jack Craig, to rob the business and get the supposedly $50,000 from the safe. Ms Burke is going to meet Craig later and run off with him and the money.

When Craig goes to rob the business, he finds out there is no money. He then knocks-out the owner and sets fire to the business which also kills the owner. He then meets up with the Burke's, that is on Luke's stagecoach, and firework begin. Craig is going to tell the authorities all about the secrets he knows if Mr Burke does not turn over the $5,000 that was given to him by the owner.

There is many things going on in this episode and some are rather confusing. Like when a fire is ready to be set yet another person starts a fire that burns the business to the ground. Two fire-starters was a bit odd. The story was full of complex situations that only took away from the tale instead of making the story more enjoyable. Not really a poor episode but one that was more compound than needed. The bright spot of the show was the acting. A nice set of actors made this complex episode much more bearable to watch.

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