The Westerner (1960– )
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The Courting of Libby 

Dave meets Libby and falls in love-- head over heels. Of course, things go terribly wrong when he runs head on with his old nemesis Burgundy Smith, the no count con man who has also laid claim to the beautiful Libby!

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writers:

Bruce Geller, Sam Peckinpah (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Brian Keith ... Dave Blassingame
John Dehner ... Burgundy Smith
John Apone John Apone ... Mark
Rudy Dolan Rudy Dolan ... John
Barney Brown Barney Brown ... Barber
Hank Gobble ... Luke (as Henry Gobble)
Jimmy Lee Cook Jimmy Lee Cook ... Matt
Marie Selland Marie Selland ... Customer
Joan O'Brien ... Libby
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Dave meets Libby and falls in love-- head over heels. Of course, things go terribly wrong when he runs head on with his old nemesis Burgundy Smith, the no count con man who has also laid claim to the beautiful Libby!

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Genres:

Action | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[Dave is distracted by the sounds of his dog chasing three cats around Mark's general store]
Libby: I asked if you and Mr. Smith were acquainted?
Burgundy Smith: Ah, he's lost his power of speech - a sure sign of incipient brain failure. Come, my dear.
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Swooning like a Mooncalf
15 May 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Amusing jape in which Dave puts on airs to win beauteous Libby away from conniving Burgundy Smith. Some funny set-ups, as when Smith addresses a temperance meeting with usual flair only to drink up the sample demon rum! By this time in the series, it's clear that Peckinpah's idea of humor is to break up as much furniture as possible in a farcical manner. Certainly no one can accuse him of highbrow humor. Fortunately for the episode, Keith and Dehner blend in well with the broad comedy, but I'm not sure these wild swings from high drama one week to low comedy the next did the ratings any good.

Best line, "Smith's right, a man don't need nothing' but a horse, a gun, and a dog."-- Dave's observation on the fickleness of the female, thus continuing the Western's long tradition of woman-hating. Most notable for Peckinpah's rare tin ear in playing one love scene super-straight-- something the canny Maverick series never did. Also notable for the ungallant Dave's rueful regret that he didn't deflower the virginal Libby when he had the chance!-- Now there's a real departure for the time.

All in all, an entertaining, if not memorable, 30 minutes.


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