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The Looters 

Josh is on his way to River City to transport three convicts there to be hanged. The three dangerous prisoners escape from jail and appoint themselves the law, after the town is hit by a tornado that wrecks the town and kills the sheriff.


(as Harry Harris Jr.)




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Episode complete credited cast:
... Josh Randall
... Lucy
... Eli
... Frank
... Chum (as John L. Alderman)
Pat McCaffrie ... Leonard (as Patric F. McCaffrie)
... Judge
... Phineos Porter
Gaines Kincaid ... Sheriff


Three convicts are in jail at River City passing the time with the Sheriff awaiting the arrival of a bounty hunter to transport them to the scaffold at Jessup's Corner. At the same time the bounty hunter, Josh, is riding toward the town when a tornado hits it. The sheriff is killed and the three convicts break loose. As they look over the disaster in the town from the sheriff's office window, the leader, Eli, picks up the Sheriff's badge from his body and appoints Chum the new Sheriff with Frank as his deputy and Eli as "town advisor". They decide to go for a drink to celebrate stopping on the way to tell attorney Phineos Porter there will be no lawyers in River City. In the saloon Eli decides entertainer Lucy is his new girl - against her will. They decide to arrest the owner Leonard appointing the bartender the new judge who willingly goes along for a free drink. Josh arrives to find the dead sheriff and empty jail. He heads to the saloon where he finds himself arrested and jailed ... Written by Anonymous

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12 October 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Unique 'Twists' In This Story!
23 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Wow, a tornado strikes a town early on, and now the inmates run the asylum! That's a different "twist," pun intended.

The twister makes a mess of the town but, oddly, doesn't injure the three crooks in the two jail cells. There are two young somewhat-dumb guys and an older man, who is the apparent leader. The sheriff is killed but the criminals don't have a nick on them! What's more, the older man, "Eli," appoints himself "advisor," one of the kids "sheriff" and the other a "deputy." The deputy pouts because he wasn't named sheriff. When he asks Eli why, Eli responds, "because I said so." The shrugs and says, "okay," and goes back to pouting. That gives you an idea how odd this going to be, and it really gets bizarre beginning with the next scene when Eli appoints the town drunk as the city's "judge." Whatever. "Josh," who was going into this town to get the guys in jail and transport them somewhere, walks into this mess, and it is a mess which includes credibility (i.e. where is the rest of the town?).

Actually, some of the scenes in here are so outrageous, they are funny, reminding me of "The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean" and the craziness of that old western. However, there a tenseness in here, too, because the bad-guys have a real nasty edge to them, so I found it interesting to contemplate how this was all going to play out.

For classic film buffs, it's interesting to note that the female character in this story - who is a key figure in what happens - was played by the sister of a very famous movie actress: Joan Blondell. I am speaking of Gloria Blondell, who was Joan's younger sister. Gloria was married once to Albert Broccoli, the man who produced so many memorable James Bond movies.

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