"Dude's Folly" is an episode of Bat Masterson starring Gene Barry, Leo Gordon, and Nancy Hadley. When a bully threatens two youngsters if they won't sell the hardware store they inherited, Bat helps. He teaches the man how to defend himself with a gun, but the student shoots his antagonist in the back and then goes after his teacher.





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Episode complete credited cast:
... Bat Masterson
... Joe Quince
Nancy Hadley ... Jan Larkin
... Woody Larkin
... Ellie Winters
Jack Reitzen ... Packy Morrow


On November 25, 1882 in Fortune City, Nevada Jan and Woody Larkin arrive on the stage to an unwanted welcome. Packy Morrow shoots at Woody's feet to make him dance in his "dude" clothes. Woody's sister Jan yells for help and Bat responds when Jan takes his cane to help Woody. Packy works for Joe Quince who owns the mine in which the Larkin kids' father was killed. They have arrived to take over their father's hardware and feed store. Quince offers to buy the store telling the kids they will never fit in. Jan asks Bat to teach Woody to use a gun to protect themselves and the store. Packy attacks the store but Bat stops him but Quince kills Packy before he can talk. After some investigation, Bat learns their property abuts Quince's mine which has run out of ore. Woody who has always been a quitter decides to fight once he learns about the gold. As Bat teaches him he improves and Quince tries to scare him with his prowess with a gun. Woody learns - too well and Bat is forced to confront ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 November 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This broadcast once again includes the now easily recognizable musical rifts used in ZIV's Highway Patrol and Sea Hunt, more suitable to underwater scenes than to a western. See more »


Ellie Winters: Fighting Quince is like fighting snakes in the dark.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: Some of my best friends are snakes... and beautiful blackjack dealers.
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