On the trail of a Cavalry deserter and the horses he stole, Josh rides into a town ruled as the private fiefdom of its autocratic, psychopathic marshal who is holding the horses and deserter. He wants a ransom from Josh for them.


(as Donald McDougall)



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Episode complete credited cast:
Asa Wynter
Curtis Paine
George Elkins
Webb White
Richard Gardner ...
Dion Davis (as Dick Gardner)
David Leland ...
Large Beasely
Sowbelly Logan
William A. Forester ...
Captain Young


During a driving rain storm Josh spots Dion Davis, who knocks out Josh, deserting from the Army and stealing a herd of Army horses. Once Josh recovers, Captain Young offers $10 a head for the return of the horses and the Army will pay $25 for the return of Davis. Josh accepts the job taking written authorization with him. He tracks the horses to a corral outside Long Rope guarded by Sowbelly Logan with a shotgun who says he is working for the Marshal. Josh rides to the Marshal's office but only finds Davis locked in a cell pleading with Josh for help. He tells Josh to check at the general store where he finds no Marshal but three of the city fathers arguing about their Marshal. Marshal Asa Wynter stops in with a deputy. After the Marshal forces Josh to remove his gun as it is illegal in Long Rope, he admits having the horses and Davis but defers on turning them over to Josh and later asks essentially for a ransom for them. He tells Josh Long Rope is his town and proves it, when the ... Written by Anonymous

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31 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Josh Has To Take On The Law
26 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Josh is hired by the army to bring back some stolen horses. The problem isn't finding them; it's getting them back from a crooked marshal and his stooges who run the town. Some of the citizens like this guy because he's cleaned up the town, but others think he's gone overboard and is a menace. Well, he's a "tyrant," hence the title of the episode.

The marshal (I didn't get his name) has been the boss for a year and this man is drunk with power and not even afraid of the U.S. Army. He's one nasty dude as he shows when the town big-wigs figure he's gone to far and "fire" him. The first man who speaks out gets shot down. End of discussion.

How Josh, who has been disarmed, and the town is going to overthrow this guy, if that's possible, makes up the second half of this entertaining episode, one of the better ones so far of this second season.

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