Zane Grey Theater: Season 1, Episode 1

You Only Run Once (5 Oct. 1956)

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When horses begin to turn up missing, the county forms a vigilante committee. Rancher Matt Jessop has the bad luck to innocently hire two shady characters to work on his ranch. Will the two drag Matt and his family down with them?

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Matt Jessop
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Martha Jessop
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Frank Hale
Howard Petrie ...
Kroll
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Kerney Boles (as Whitner Bissell)
Stuart Randall ...
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Dan Morriss
Rayford Barnes ...
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Kem Dibbs ...
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Leo Gordon ...
Jed Scott
Jason Johnson ...
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When horses begin to turn up missing, the county forms a vigilante committee. Rancher Matt Jessop has the bad luck to innocently hire two shady characters to work on his ranch. Will the two drag Matt and his family down with them?

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5 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater made a strong series debut with this story starring Robert Ryan. There are elements of the classic western The Oxbow Incident in this tale.

Ryan is a rancher accused of having a hand in horse thieving from his ranch. Sad to say that Leo Gordon and Kem Dibbs who work for him have been using his place as a cover for their crimes.

All this plays into the hands of the local vigilance committee headed by the ambitious John Hoyt who would like to usurp due process and has to further said ambitions.

A young Cloris Leachman is in the cast as Ryan's wife and mother to his two children. She's a cut above the usual pioneer wife roles in this story not unlike Jean Arthur in Shane. Whit Bissell is also noteworthy as a citizen who stands against the vigilantes.

This was a strong debut for The Zane Grey Theater which rivaled Death Valley Days as a western anthology series.


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