Sugarfoot: Season 2, Episode 8

Devil to Pay (23 Dec. 1958)

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Tom learns that the owner of an Indian trading post, whom he was supposed to collect money from, is now dead. Tom volunteers to conduct an inventory of the post, despite finding an Arapaho ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Will Hutchins ...
Grace Raynor ...
Mathew McDavitt
Grey Hawk
Tol Avery ...
Jim Case
Kelly Thordsen ...
Mike Peake
Paul Keast ...
Charles Stevens ...
Charlie Falling Horse


Tom learns that the owner of an Indian trading post, whom he was supposed to collect money from, is now dead. Tom volunteers to conduct an inventory of the post, despite finding an Arapaho "devil doll" in his backpack which is apparently meant as a warning and a curse. The owner of another trading post wants to buy the dead man's post himself, though it was willed to the owner's Indian stepdaughter and she has no plans to sell it. Written by rbecker28

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John Carradine and H. M. Wynant before THE TWILIGHT ZONE
9 January 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

SUGARFOOT was a Western series that lasted four seasons, from 1957-1961, but produced only 69 episodes due to its alternating timeslot with two to three other Westerns, among them CHEYENNE and MAVERICK. Will Hutchins played the title character, described as an 'aw shucks' Jimmy Stewart type, which is fairly accurate. Tom Brewster is a law graduate out west, much like the Jimmy Stewart character Ransom Stoddard in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," and just about as useless with a gun, although he does carry one in his saddlebag. Replacing the owner of an Arapaho trading post killed by an arrow, Tom Brewster is warned away by a little 'devil doll' planted in his saddlebag, an ill omen that terrifies the Arapahos. Tol Avery plays Jim Case, owner of a rival trading post, who sends his drunken cohort, Mathew McDavitt (John Carradine), around to spy on his competition, since Brewster finds the post occupied by a young Arapaho maiden, Monah (Grace Raynor), and her two companions, Grey Hawk (H. M. Wynant) and Charlie Falling Horse (Western veteran Charles Stevens). Little is made of the evil idol, and Monah's endless cooing with Brewster quickly grows tiresome, but it's still a fine example of this unusual TV Western hero. John Carradine again proves to be his usual scene stealing self, confiscating several bottles of liquor, or rather cough syrup, adding to his growing tab, like a frontier version of CHEERS' Norm Peterson. In an interesting bit of casting, Carradine is joined by H. M. Wynant, his future co-star on the memorable TWILIGHT ZONE episode "The Howling Man," from November 4 1960, presenting a mortal depiction of the Devil (Robin Hughes), while this Western entry, from December 23 1958, strangely foreshadows that story with a 'devil doll' meant to ward off intruders, and a sequence showing the frightened Indians worshipping it.

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