After killing a man in self defense, his widow forces their young daughter into Luke's care and sets out on a life of despair and downward spiral.


(as Donald Siegel)




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Episode cast overview:
Tammy Marihugh ...
Sara Kelly
Ben Marble
Dan Murchison
Zeke Bonner
Johnny Kelly
Paul Busch ...
Jacob Zoss
Ella Ethridge ...
Ella Murchison (as Ella G. Ethridge)
Mary Kelly


Johnny Kelly, a passenger on Luke's stagecoach, objects when Luke stops to tend to a lame horse, claiming that the driver is making he and his wife sitting ducks for outlaws. The argument changes from words to fists to guns and Luke is forced to kill Kelly when the man tries to shoot him in the back. Kelly's widow flees leaving her young daughter in Luke's care. Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

25 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Simon Kane: I'm willing to guarantee safe passage with my life against road agents, hostile Indians, wild animals, fire or flood, but I draw the line at lettin' passengers shoot me for entertainment.
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Stagecoach West
Music by Skip Martin
Lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
Sung by Bud and Travis
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A story that is bound to please.
31 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This adventure begins with Luke driving four people on the stagecoach. Johnny and Mary Kelly and their about five year old child, Sarah. Also on the stage is a saloon operator named Ben Marble. During the trip, Luke has to pull one of the horses out of the team due to a lame leg. Johnny Kelly does not like the idea and gets into fight with Luke. Before long Luke has to defend himself and kills Johnny right in front of his wife and small child. Mary, the wife, is so distraught that she agrees to go work in a saloon with Ben Marble but wants nothing to do with her child. She leaves Sarah in the hands of the man that killed her father which is Luke Perry. Now Luke is going to raise the child.

The young child, Sarah, soon likes living in her new surroundings but every time the stagecoach arrives, she puts on her best dress hoping that her mother will be getting off the stage. But like always she finds out that her mother is not coming and runs off crying.

Luke gets word that Mary, after being used by Ben Marble, is now a drunk that is wanting to sign any paper that will give custody of her child to Luke. When Luke goes to see her, she is thin and close to death. Luke feels if he can get her away from the elements, that Ben Marble has placed her, then she will want to live and raise her child. So Luke gets her a job at a station depot where she will cook for the customers far away from the distractions of life. Everything seems to be going well until Ben Marble wants her back.

Perhaps I am a sentimental sucker for stories like this but I actually enjoyed the tale. The acting, which included Tammy Marihugh that played the young Sarah, was good enough to get the viewer right in the middle of the story. And with the disappointment that Sarah experienced after each Stagecoach arrival, it was delightful, and even chilling, when the last scene of the show unfolded. Good watch.

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