Piute Indians request the assistance of Rod Blake when a hermit and his sons, crazed by an atomic test in the Nevada desert, shoot anything that moves in their valley, especially Indians hunting for game.





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Episode cast overview:
John Dierkes ...
Fred Krone ...
Caleb Smith (as Dick Farnsworth)


Lt. Blake responds to a desperate request for help from Piute Indians in a remote valley. He discovers a family of hermits, crazed by atomic tests in the desert nearby, believe that Armageddon is approaching and they have been appointed to cleanse the land prior to the Lord's arrival - meaning killing anyone and everyone they see. Blake tries to end the bloodshed before more men and women die. Written by David Bassler

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Adventure | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

29 January 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Lt. Rod Blake: Oh, hello. I'm Rod Blake, chief investigator for the Nevada state troopers. You know progress keeps the mapmakers busy. Here's an early map that was published not long after Nevada became a state. There's an area here marked "Indian land" that you won't find on maps of today. An act of Congress granted the Indians a different area and the maps had to be changed... but changes are made more easily on paper than with people, especially when the change means to die. You'll hear of an ...
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Probably the best of the whole series

Even after reading the overall topic, you have already guessed that this episode is unusual, and daring concerning the plot itself. It tells the audience about the atomic experiments in Nevada. Knowing that the whole show and its nearly hundred episodes takes place in Nevada, we could have guessed that the famous - and so confidential tests - could be evoked. And I did not...

The scheme is quite interesting, I did not expect this from such an old TV show. This kind of topic, we find it in the late seventies and early 80's.

It changes if you compare with the usual investigating cases, the lead

  • Cameron - has to deal with.

Directed by the vet Ray Nazarro, for whom desert locations have really no secrets.

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