The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Showdown with Rance McGrew 

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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TV Bartender (as Robert J. Stevenson)
Bill McLean ...
Prop Man (as William McLean)
Troy Melton ...
Cowboy #1
Jay Overholts ...
Cowboy #2
Hal K. Dawson ...
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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2 February 1962 (USA)  »

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In the "showdown" sequence, when Rance McGrew is backing away from Jesse James, the funeral parlor hoves into view and reveals that the Funeral Director is "C. Nyby" (a nice little in-joke, as the director of this episode is one Christian Nyby!). See more »

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When Rance McGrew is running from Jesse James you can see the shadow of the Boom Mic. See more »

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Jesse James: We may be stiffs up there, but we're sensitive.
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A different career path
3 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Larry Blyden stars in the Twilight Zone episode playing a TV cowboy who's not a particularly nice man considering that it's those stunt men who have to take the real chances on his television series. He's hardly a successor to Roy, Hoppy, and Gene.

In the next world they're taking note of this guy and the real Jesse James makes a return to life when Blyden steps into The Twilight Zone and finds himself in the real west and not on a sound stage or Iverson's ranch for location.

Jesse James is played with a great heaping helping of sardonic humor by Arch Johnson and after showing him up for the phony he is then Johnson helps guide Blyden on a different career path.

This one is not to be missed.


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