A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the ... See full summary »
The law says if a man hires somebody to kill, he's as guilty as the man who pulls the trigger. If they kill that boy, you're gonna hang, Dawson. And I'm gonna see to it.
Alright, I'll give it to you straight. If it's necessary for me to hang to see Randy Holleran exterminated, it'll be worth it.
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This episode is a good example of how good, and varied, the writing was on the TV western. In this story, Josh isn't hired to bring back a killer for a reward but just to protect a friend's son who seems to be in trouble with the town.
"Trouble" is an understatement. The whole town wants "Randy Holleran" (Don Dobbins) dead, except his girlfriend "Bess" (Susan Oliver.) The town folks all hate his guts. Randy is sniveling, money-hungry young guy who bought up a bunch of houses in town so that a "spur" (railroad) would go through the town. The town residents didn't want it, but Randy used every "underhanded trick he could think of" to accomplish the goal, even if six innocent people had to die in the process. Now, the town has had it and has all chipped in to buy off three hired killers to do the greedy man in.
Why doesn't Randy just leave? Because his dad said something about staying for one year and receiving a lot of money for doing so, so Randy would rather face the gunmen than forfeit a big wad of cash. Another problem is that Randy wants no part of guns, only bottles of whiskey so he can drown his sorrows. He's a very unlikable whiner and even Josh has no sympathy for him, either. However, the always-justice minded Randall isn't going to stand back and see three killers gun down an unarmed man, either.
This episode has good close-up photography, almost reminding me of a Sergio Leone western. Many of the actors in here are familiar faces, men who acted on many a TV show in the '50s and '60s.
Overall, a very different and interesting show and a good example of why this 1950s western was top-notch. Kudso to Fred Freiberger, the writer of this episode.
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