Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 20

Showdown with Rance McGrew (2 Feb. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" Showdown with Rance McGrew (original title)

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The star of a Western TV series suddenly finds himself transported back in time to the real Wild West, and face-to-face with the real Jesse James.

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Episode complete credited cast:
Larry Blyden ...
Rance McGrew
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Robert Cornthwaite ...
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Robert Stevenson ...
TV Bartender (as Robert J. Stevenson)
Bill McLean ...
Prop Man (as William McLean)
Troy Melton ...
Cowboy #1
Jay Overholts ...
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Hal K. Dawson ...
Old Man
Bob Kline ...
TV Jesse James (as Robert Kline)
James Turley ...
Rance's Double (as Jim Turley)
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Rance McGrew is the star of a weekly TV western where he plays the town Marshal. He is, to say the least, difficult to deal with. He is frequently late on the set, arrives unprepared and often requests script changes just as they are about to shoot a scene. To top it off, he's quite inept at handling his gun which he inadvertently tosses into the saloon mirror on more than one occasion. He's given a dose of reality however when he inexplicably finds himself back in time, coming face to face with the real Jesse James. Written by garykmcd

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At different times while they are filming Rance's various takes in the saloon, his Ford T-Bird with the longhorns is clearly visible out in the street. See more »

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Jesse James: [chiding Rance McGrew] Just like I figured. This guy couldn't outdraw a crayon.
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The Elderly West!
2 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my least favorite Twilight Zone episodes. I guess some of it has to do with the demise of the Western as a television staple. At the time this was made, TV was inundated with Westerns, from Bonanza to Gunsmoke and back again. In this one Rance McGrew, a phony baloney, uncooperative actor who has become a hero to his television audience, is accosted by his imaginary rivals. Mainly, the true personage of Jesse James. The silly byplay between Rance, the director, and the other persons on the set is so fifties and so outdated. The story is pretty much the dumb actor being thrown through windows and beaten up and having to change his image to a submissive. Anyway, it is dull, and because of the conclusion, there's no one to root for.


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