When West and Gordon are present when a town's philanthropist is shot and West chases the shooter and finds him just sitting clutching the gun as if nothing happened. At his trial, a witness claims that he's the shooter. And the banker who denied a loan he asked for, who appears to have been the actual target, testifies that the man threatened him. The defendant claims to have no memory from the night before till West found him. He's found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging withing two days. When Gordon raises some anomalies, they decide to look into it deeper. They start by talking to the defendant who tells them of why he woke up just as West found him. They check it out and find a device that was used but someone burns the place and they have no evidence to give to the judge and the prosecutor convinces the judge not to delay the execution so they have to rush to prove the man's innocence. Written by
*Spoiler/plot- TNOT Hangman, 1967, The agents go undercover to overturn a hanging verdict unjustly given to an innocent man.
*Special Stars- Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Harry Dean Stanton, Charles Lane, Paul Fix
*Theme- The Secret Service once involved will get justice.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Original air date: 10-20-67. Rolins Ranch and it's railhead frontier town is plot location. Daguerrotype photos were essentially unpopular and out-of-use by the 1850s. The walls of the Ace Novelty Company obviously shake and are clearly only unbraced thin studio stage 'flats'.
*Emotion- Essentially a detective mystery episode but made very fun & interesting based on the acting talents & action of Mr. Conrad. The plot gets too complicated at first and then is too unbelievable. The arrested man(Harry Dean Stanton) is played to 'flat' to be sympathetic to the episode watcher. Hhs character is forgettable. His pregnant wife is more sympathetic and well acted. But, Mr. Martin's many undercover characters make this episode entertaining and worth a fun look also.
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