Stagecoach West (1960–1961)
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Three Wise Men 

A young man is given a free stagecoach ride by Simon Kane to the stagecoach relay station. At the station, the man confesses that he is an escaped prisoner who, upon learning he has less ... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
Ellen Clark ...
Arthur Batanides ...
Betsy Robinson ...
Julie Crawford
Bryan Russell ...
Michael Crawford
Cal (as Olan Soulé)
Fred Essler ...


A young man is given a free stagecoach ride by Simon Kane to the stagecoach relay station. At the station, the man confesses that he is an escaped prisoner who, upon learning he has less than a year to live became determined to spend Christmas with his wife and children. He promises to turn himself in on December 26, but three bounty hunters are determined to collect the reward for his capture before then. Written by David Bassler

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20 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Adolph Strauss: I'm very sorry, but the store is closed. I was careless to leave the front door unlocked.
Webb Crawford: Well, you're carelessness could be my good luck. I was afraid I wouldn't find a store open. I've traveled a long way to get here; I still have a long way to go. I liked the creche in your window.
Adolph Strauss: You really like that?
Webb Crawford: I think it's one of the most wonderful things I've seen in a long time.
Adolph Strauss: In the old country, my father was a woodcarver.
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Stagecoach West
Music by Skip Martin
Lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
Sung by Bud and Travis
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When did bank robbery become distinguished?
1 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

In this Christmas episode, a man has fallen on hard luck when his insurance will not pay for his damaged farm. So he sets out on robbing a bank and burying the money. He is now wanted by the law. Webb Crawford is that man and he has been running from the authorities for sometime. When he gets news that he only has a short time to live, he wants to be with his family for one last Christmas. He sets off to return to the house that is located about five miles from the midway station on the Stagecoach route.

As Webb is walking home, Simon picks him up not knowing the situation. When they get to the midway station, Webb pulls a gun and wants Simon to go to his house and gets his wife and kids. Webb knows that people will be waiting on him to arrest him, or even worse, kill him. The bank's insurance has agreed to give $500 to Webb if he returns the money. The $500 dollars will be the money needed to get his wife and kids back east so they can be looked after. This is Webb's last Christmas wish. But there are others that want to ruin his plans and they will be waiting only the road for a chance to get Webb before the law.

If you are a sucker for Christmas shows then this episode will please. I was not overly thrilled with the story-line about robbing a bank and then somehow make it look glorious, but it is a theme that goes with many western tales. Dick York did a nice job as the main character but for such a sick person he looked spry during the production. The director missed the mark on this cue since a more sickly looking person would have captured the audience's heart to the fullest. There was many things in this episode that seemed weak for such a positive and festive holiday season show. I could not help but feel like I was watching a local community center play inside of a Four-Star Production.

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