July 29, 1884 - Billy Denver comes to Tombstone and is billed at the Bird Cage Hotel as the "Fastest Gun In The World". Clay is concerned that there will be a dozen or more locals who would...
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July 29, 1884 - Billy Denver comes to Tombstone and is billed at the Bird Cage Hotel as the "Fastest Gun In The World". Clay is concerned that there will be a dozen or more locals who would be glad to take him on. When Johnny Pearce and his brother Dick come to watch the show, Johnny believes that Billy is all show and is determined to go up against him. Written by
Billy Denver, staring at the Bird Cage Hotel as the "Fastest Gun In The World," consistently draws and fires his guns at a 45 degree angle, well above his targets. Denver kills Johnny Pearce when Pearce challenges him in the bar, but Denver's guns are aimed well above Pearce. Later, while demonstrating his gun skills on stage at the hotel, Denver again angles his guns well offline to hit the objects he hits during his performance. See more »
This is an unusual story for actor Hal Smith in that he does not portray a drunk. This episode was interesting to me because I saw the feature in "Stan Lee's Superhumans" about a man who can draw a pistol and accurately shoot so fast that his two shots sound as one. In "The Tin Gunman," a showman is billed as "The Fastest Gun in the World"; not the West or the United States, but the world. The story gives no indication that he ever travelled abroad to validate this claim, nor does he shoot anywhere near as fast as the Superhuman. Actually, he doesn't seem to be any faster than Sheriff Hollister. In The Town Too Tough to Die, that billing is fightin' words, and the plot is pretty much predictable. One thing that seemed to be inconsistent is that Sheriff Hollister fines Johnny $10 for shooting his gun inside town limits, but Billy Denver practices in his hotel room very noisily without consequence. A highlight of this episode is the beautiful Lisa Gaye in her showgirl costume.
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