Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

A Personal Matter 

"A Personal Matter" is an episode of Bat Masterson starring Gene Barry, Alan Hale Jr., and Peggy Knudsen. Outlaw Bailey Harper steals Bat's horse, gun and money. Bailey laughs when Bat tells him he'll get all of his property back. He tells the gambler that no one will help him. Bat's plan is to court Bailey's girl and force Bailey to find him.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Bat Masterson
... Bailey Harper (as Alan Hale)
... Louisa Carey
... Adam Fairbanks, Gunsmith
... Stagecoach Driver
Robert Lynn ... Inn Clerk
... Tim Clovis
... Sheriff
... Blacksmith
Billy Dix ... Henchman
Wes Hudman ... Henchman in Dark hat


In early summer 1881 in the New Mexico Territory Bat is on his way to Phoenix for a big game when he spots a riderless horse which is lame. He stops to check things when he is roped by outlaw Bailey Harper who steals Bat's horse, gun and money. Bailey laughs when Bat tells him he'll get all of his property back, telling the gambler that he'll not receive any help. Bat walks with the horse to a nearby town where he is able to get a horse, saddle, and gun. Everyone is afraid of Bailey and his men. After he leaves town, three men part of the Bailey gang attempt to hold up Bat again but he takes them for $11 dollars instead as a "loan" until he recovers his $1000. At the next town he overhears Bailey's girlfriend getting on the stage so he grabs a ride on it as shotgun. Bailey's men take her off the stage when they stop it so Bat follows her to find Bailey. He decides to use her as bait to draw out Bailey and recover his stolen items. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 January 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bailey Harper: Bat Masterson. Bat Masterson, fastest cane in the West.
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