Zane Grey Theater: Season 1, Episode 18

Backtrail (1 Feb. 1957)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host / John Fallon
Effie Fallon
James Anderson ...
Frank Lomax
March Beckworth
Robert Crosson ...
Hugh Beckworth
Emile Meyer ...
Kane Eldridge
John Pickard ...
Tom Clauson
Kim Charney ...
Timmy Fallon
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
Theodore Marcuse ...


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1 February 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Familiar Storyline: The Reluctant Gunslinger
14 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our host Dick Powell stars in this episode, playing "John Fallon," a former gunfighter who has "reformed" and wants nothing to do with guns anymore. Catherine MacLeod plays his wife "Effie." She was a pretty woman, in a wholesome-looking way.

Much of this story is predictable because it's already not the first in which we have a story like this. Feature Western had similar theme with the good-guy eventually having to show his talent with a gun, albeit very reluctantly.

Anyway, in this cast is Emile Meyer ,another in a long list of very famous faces to those who watched a lot of TV shows. He plays "Kane Eldridge" here and he's a villain. That is no shock because Meyer had one of the nastiest faces ever seen on the screen. In fact, he looked downright brutal, so he was convincing in his bad-guy roles.

Note: Arthur Q. Bryan,who plays the proprietor, was the famous voice of "Elmer Fudd" of Warner Brothers cartoon fame. The year this episode came out - 1957 - was the last year Mr. Bryan did any dramatic roles. He died two years later at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.

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