The Westerner (1960– )
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While crossing the desert, Dave ducks into a small cave during a wind storm and finds $30,000 in stolen government gold. Not a cowboy with a well defined moral compass, Dave decides to keep the gold and head for Mexico.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Cyril Hume, Sam Peckinpah (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Brian Keith ... Dave Blassingame
Malcolm Atterbury ... Marshal Frank Dollar
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Old Man
Victor Izay ... Eustace
Hank Gobble ... Digger (as Henry A. Gobble)
Leonard P. Geer Leonard P. Geer ... Jubal
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan ... Jose
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While crossing the desert, Dave ducks into a small cave during a wind storm and finds $30,000 in stolen government gold. Not a cowboy with a well defined moral compass, Dave decides to keep the gold and head for Mexico.

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Genres:

Action | Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dave refers in this segment to his impending trip to the mining community of Coarsegold "in the high country". Coarsegold is a key setting of Sam Peckinpah's breakthrough cinema film of two years later, "Ride The High Country". See more »

Goofs

When Dave finds the gold, he reads the words on the bag as "US Army something". Dave spends the entire series claiming to be unable to read or write. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Frank Dollar: Rest in peace, Dave
Dave Blassingame: What are you tryin' to say?
Marshal Frank Dollar: Here beneath this monument lies the late Dave Blassingame. Priced by himself in the face of all creation at eight thousand seven hundred and sixty dollars cash money.
Dave Blassingame: I guess you called it.
Marshal Frank Dollar: Is it enough?
Dave Blassingame: Well, it ain't bad for a fiddlefoot cowhand with nothin' but a man's strength and awkwardness to draw on. Yeah, it's enough, Frank.
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Gold Is Where You Find It
19 May 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Dave vies with cunning old prospector (Hunnicutt) for lost treasure. Different kind of story, though ending left me unconvinced. Episode benefits from again showing Blassingame's all-too-human side. He doesn't do what conventions of the day dictated, so you don't know what to expect. Some good location photography, even if these blend poorly with cheap exteriors. Keith shines as usual, along with big mutt Brown. Best line-- "How much gold did it take for Dave to leave ya," sheriff's comment on finding Brown alone in the desert. Notable for Peckinpah again asserting the often neglected factor of weather as a real presence in Western life. Considering the expense involved for a small budget series, the brutal wind scene in the desert took some determination. Solid entry with a few surprises.


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