Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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A Spray of Bullets 

A former sheriff, Will Sonnett, known for his fast draw shows up in Mesa to see an optometrist; he's become nearsighted and badly needs glasses. Also in town is a punk gunfighter who wants ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Kellino

Writers:

Richard Carr (story) (as Dick Carr), Richard Carr (screenplay) (as Dick Carr)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dick Powell ... Will Sonnett
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Lucy Keever
Robert J. Wilke ... Ben Crane (as Robert Wilke)
Raymond Hatton ... Phineas Turner
Arthur Space ... Sheriff Sam Keever
Herbert Lytton ... Tom (as Herbert C. Lytton)
Tim Graham ... Doc Sanders
James McCallion ... Henry--Desk Clerk (as Jim McCallion)
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A former sheriff, Will Sonnett, known for his fast draw shows up in Mesa to see an optometrist; he's become nearsighted and badly needs glasses. Also in town is a punk gunfighter who wants to make a name for himself. Knowing Sonnett has vision problems, he challenges the lawman to a duel. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1955 (USA) See more »

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Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The tv series starting Walter Brennan "The Guns of Will Sonnett" also featured a character bearing the same name as Dick Powell's character in this episode. See more »

Quotes

Ben Crane: A man changes... take a gunman - he can get a lot faster in a couple of years.
Will Sonnett: I guess he can. Practice makes perfect.
Ben Crane: I wouldn't say I was exactly perfect, but I have been getting a lot of practice.
Will Sonnett: So I hear.
Ben Crane: Funny us running into each other like this. I was a little clumsy with a six-shooter back in my Kingston Days.
Will Sonnett: Think you're any better now?
Ben Crane: I'm not sure, Will.
Will Sonnett: Ah, it pays to be sure. The stakes are pretty high if you lose.
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Well done myth.
26 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Dick Powell stars in this episode of "Four Star Playhouse". He plays Will, a lawman who is legendary with his gun in the old west. He's killed a lot of guys in shootouts and when he appears in town, the assumption is that he's there to shoot someone. However, this is not why he's here--Will is going blind and he's here to see an eye doctor. The problem is that a local jerk learns about Will's vision and assumes he's an easy mark--and a way to make a reputation for himself by killing him. In addition, Will's old girlfriend, Lucy, lives in this town--and she'd love to marry him if he'd just hang up his guns once and for all. But, with the guy gunning for him, what is Will to do?

This is an extremely well acted and well written show--particularly the ending. However, it's also pretty much myth, as such shootouts on Main Street are the stuff of TV and movies, not real life. Folks rarely killed each other in the bad old west--and when they did, it was usually a shot in the back or something equally less gentlemanly. So, while the show perpetuates historical myths, it IS entertaining and well done.


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