The marshal of San Ardo is murdered. The town is concerned it may be a part of a plot to rob the bank. There is only one able bodied man in town to serve as marshal but he doesn't want to serve.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Clay Burnett
Veringo - Outlaw Leader
Jenny--erroneously listed as Charity in on-screen credits
Maurie - Gunman
Pete Daley
Tim Graham ...
Jess Robbins
Jason O'Neill
Himself - Host


A small Western town is jolted from its serenity by the murder of its marshal. The townspeople unanimously choose rancher Clay Burnett to fill the post and to track down the killers. But Burnett, desiring a quiet and peaceful life, refuses, and he is accused of being a coward.

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Release Date:

23 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Corey & Mohr Play Interesting Antagonists
2 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wendell Corey as "Clay Burnett," an interesting man who gets pressured by his fiancé and her relative to become the town's next marshal. The problem is, "Clay" (Wendell Corey) doesn't want the job.

I hesitate to say too much here to give anything away but Corey is good in the lead as is Humphrey Bogart-lookalike "Gerald Mohr" as the lead villain, "Veringo." The dialog between the two actors, Corey and Mohr, is fascinating at times, making the episode surprising in a few spots. (You'll be surprised at a few things that happen.)

T he love interest was played by 30-year-old Peggie Castle, whose measurements are given on her bio page here on IMDb. Sadly she died at the young age of 45, which seems young even for an alcoholic. (She died of cirrhosis of the liver.)

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