The Westerner: Season 1, Episode 8

The Old Man (25 Nov. 1960)

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Dave stumbles into a range war between the McKeen clan-- the old man is dying and the "cousins" have circled like vultures to pick his bones clean.


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Episode cast overview:
Murdo McKeen (as Robert Wilke)
Dee Pollock ...
Billy McKeen
Troy McKeen
John Stuart
Michael T. Mikler ...
Reno (as Michael Mikler)
Jimmy Lee Cook ...
Marie Selland ...
Addie McKeen
Earle Hodgins ...
Saul McKeen (as Earl Hodgins)
Ryan Hayes ...
Old Man McKeen
Spike ...
Brown (uncredited)


Dave stumbles into a range war between the McKeen clan-- the old man is dying and the "cousins" have circled like vultures to pick his bones clean.

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Action | Western




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25 November 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[Dave confronts the cowering Murdo after he and Billy have thrashed Murdo's gunslingers]
Dave Blassingame: Well?
Murdo McKeen: Oh, no thanks!
John Stuart: Murdo never could stand and take it.
Dave Blassingame: It ain't your choice, friend.
[Dave slugs Murdo]
John Stuart: Go tell the Old Man that we're running short of McKeens!
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I'm Just Here for My Horse
27 May 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Dave has to hoof it after his horse is stolen, and wanders into family fight. Slightly superior entry thanks to a number of fine touches, including Dave's polite turn-around when threatened with a cocked gun. Fist-fight is showy , but overdone-- how is it guys can escape broken jaw after taking so many full swings flush to the face. For a series that strives for some realism, brawls like this only detract. Episode is also marred by Sam Jaffe's old man, who treats the part like he's declaiming Shakespeare from center stage. Still, the location shots of barren land around ranch house and shack outback lend authentic atmosphere, and furnish memorable backdrop for shootout. Entry demonstrates what fine performers Robert Wilke and Franklyn Ferguson were. And, of course, Bryan Keith whose consistent underplaying transforms Dave into a true diamond in the rough. Best line, "Beats eating' dirt"-- sarcastic comment from gun-toting horse thief as Dave meekly gives up his mount. As they say: Discretion is often the better part of valor.

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