Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
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No Gun Behind His Badge 

The new sheriff of Abilene, "Bear River" Smith, tries to uphold the law in the wild town without carrying a sidearm -- with mixed results.


Lee Sholem


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Episode cast overview:
Ronald Reagan ... Marshal 'Bear River' Smith
Barry Kelley ... Prentiss
Shary Marshall Shary Marshall ... Millie Cole
Woodrow Parfrey ... Sam Stede
Mort Mills ... Whalen
Leo Gordon ... Nate Bender
Michael Witney Michael Witney ... Wild Bill Hickok
Glenn Stensel Glenn Stensel ... Eddie
Quentin Sondergaard Quentin Sondergaard ... Joe
Ed Madden Ed Madden ... Ames


The new sheriff of Abilene, "Bear River" Smith, tries to uphold the law in the wild town without carrying a sidearm -- with mixed results.

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Release Date:

25 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmaster Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Thomas "Bear River" Smith wasn't killed in a barroom; but while attempting to serve a warrant on local farmer Andrew McConnell, who was wanted in connection with a murder. When confronting McConnell, Smith was shot in the chest and returned fire (the real Smith used firearms when the need arose) managing to wound McConnell. McConnell's accomplice, Moses Miles, beat the wounded Smith with the butt of his rifle and proceeded to decapitate him with an ax. See more »


[first lines]
[Bender has goaded a timid young man into a shootout]
Bender: I'm waitin', boy.
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Hail to the Chief
24 August 2006 | by zsenorsockSee all my reviews

A fairly standard episode of the series, introduced by host John Lund, which really only stands out because of the appearance of the future 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. Reagan plays a former New York cop turned western lawman who comes to town with a reputation of being pretty good with a gun. That's just what the folks in Abilene are expecting. They're disappointed when they discover their new lawman has given up guns and will only use his fists and his wits to keep law and order in their town. Reagan gives his usual standard performance, which is always a little on the wooden side (there's a reason he left acting for politics!) but is helped out by the support of a number of character actors, including Leo Gordon (he played Big Mike McComb on "Maverick") as the town's bad guy. All in all, a quite watchable little episode.

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