Josh brings in "Doc" Phillips hoping he can lure Clell Fanning out as he has an old score to settle with Clell. He is shot by one of Clell's henchman and he must rely on the deputy, Jason Nichols, who takes over after the Sheriff is killed.



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Episode complete credited cast:
'Doc' Phillips
Sheriff John Holmes
Doctor Bowers
Wright King ...


On a cold blustery night Josh brings in 'Doc' Phillips to Sheriff John Holmes' office in Virginia City. Holmes tells Josh that the $100 bounty on Phillips for holding illegal money was small potatoes for Josh. Josh responds that Phillips is the lure to catch a bigger fish - Clell Fanning who has a $5000 bounty on his head for bank robbery and murder. Problem is that Josh doesn't know what Fanning looks like. Holmes' Deputy, Jason Nichols, is new to the work and very curious about Josh's profession and methods. Josh tells Jason that Fanning killed a friend of his which he hasn't forgotten. The Sheriff gets a message that Fanning has men coming for Phillips so he has Jason and Josh clear the streets of all civilians. That evening Josh, Jason, and Holmes stand watch waiting for the four men who arrive to break Phillips out. The four outlaws are killed but the Sheriff is killed while Josh is severely wounded. It is left to Jason to protect the town from Fanning as he learns the ropes of ... Written by Anonymous

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30 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Wright King Is An Impressive Guest Actor
19 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"You don't mind if I change seats over here, do you? I don't like the idea of getting shot while someone is trying to shoot you."

"Josh Randall" replies, "Jason, you didn't think I have much sense being here, do you?"

"Even for $5,000 I don't think I'd volunteer to be a turkey in a turkey shoot," his buddy replies. Jason is a deputy sheriff. His dad was an old friend of Randall's and the town sheriff, but he's a bit of a hot-head.

So sets up this story in which Josh brings in a "little fish" to a small-town jail to use as bait to get the "big fish," a very dangerous man whom Randall expects to make an entrance into town to free the other. Everyone in this little town expects trouble, now.

First, the big fish sends in his four hired killers to free the prisoner. Then, the shooting starts and - surprise - Randall is seriously wounded. That's one of the things I admire about this show. There are few old Hollywood movie or TV clichés in this show. You never know what will happen. Rarely is it predictable.

Anyway, the rest of the show belongs to Wright King, who plays "Jason." King is terrific in here, reminding me of a young Henry Fonda with this looks and excellent acting. I see in his IMDb resume that almost all of his acting was on TV but he did a couple of movies, and they were big ones like "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Overall, this is one of the best episodes I've seen in this excellent western TV series from 50 years ago. It features intelligent dialog and wonderful acting and lighting. Yes, these westerns were almost always filmed on a studio lot but at least it made for some tremendous lighting, which is elevated by this excellent DVD set by Studio Canal.

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