Tom has been assigned by a court to bring a teenage boy back to claim his inheritance. The boy has been the ward of a tonic peddler who has been abusive toward him, causing him to develop a... See full summary »

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Tom has been assigned by a court to bring a teenage boy back to claim his inheritance. The boy has been the ward of a tonic peddler who has been abusive toward him, causing him to develop a violent streak. The boy is also the prime suspect in the murder of the town sheriff, who was killed in a house everyone believes to be haunted. Tom hopes to prove the boy innocent and get him away from the peddler. Written by rbecker28

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28 October 1958 (USA)  »

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Michael Pate has a scene in which he whips Tom Rettig's bare back. Just four months later, Pate felt the lash across his bare back when he was whipped by Dick Van Patten in a "Rawhide" episode. See more »

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Joe Wilkes: [to Ross Garrett] I got a good notion to show you what a strapping feels like.
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6 February 2015 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

An unusual episode. For one thing, it all takes place at night. In a single night, as a matter of fact. And it involves elements not usually seen in a TV western: a haunted house, a ghost, empty graves, etc. Not surprisingly, a logical explanation is eventually found for all these spooky events but not before guest star Tom Rettig (of earlier "Lassie" fame) is given a whipping across his bare back. Of course, whippings in TV westerns were hardly uncommon. Just nine days before "The Ghost" aired, a shirtless Keith Larsen endured a whipping in a "Northwest Passage" episode and just one day before that show George Montgomery felt a lash across his bare back in a "Cimarron City" episode. But most victims of whippings in TV westerns were big, stalwart men whereas Tom Rettig was young (just 16 years old) and small (barely 5'4"). Still, while not a prime example of "beefcake," Rettig has his shirt off in several scenes, including one in which he's forced to reveal the whip marks on his back. This being the 1950s, however, that rule-of-thumb applies: male nipples are OK to show but the male navel must be kept hidden as much as possible. Another interesting note. This marks an early appearance by actor Martin Landau.


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