TATE 'Hometown" 1960 This 1960 western series ran for 13 episodes and starred David (The Marlboro Man) McLean. McLean plays an one armed Civil War veteran who is a gun for hire. This is the first episode of the series.
Tate has returned to his hometown for the first time in a decade. He has come to help the town sheriff, Royal Dano, with a hanging. James Coburn is the man with the date with the rope. He shot gunned the family of a girl who turned down his attentions.
The problem for Dano, is that Coburn has plenty of family and they are not happy with the court verdict. The townspeople are scared of Coburn's kin and Dano's deputy has fled in fear. McLean agrees to help Dano as McLean figures he owes the Sheriff a favour. Dano had helped him out years before when McLean was a kid.
The first move Coburn's family try, ends with McLean killing Coburn's younger brother. That evening the whole crew tries to rush the jail-house. Dano and McLean have however laid an ambush. Dano is wounded but all five of the Coburn bunch are killed.
The next day Coburn keeps his date for the long drop with the short piece of rope.
It is a rather interesting series, which was created by "Dirty Harry" writer, Harry Julian Fink. Fink also wrote the story and screenplay for Sam Peckinpah's, MAJOR DUNDEE.
The director was actor turned director, Richard Whorf. He helmed series as varied as, PERRY MASON, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, WAGON TRAIN, RAWHIDE, RICHARD DIAMOND and GUNSMOKE.
Also in the cast is, Hank Patterson, Sandra Banks, Jim Hayward and Don Wilbanks. (B/W)
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