Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
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Johnny Ringo is hired to clean up a corrupt town. Pilot for the TV series "Johnny Ringo".


Francis D. Lyon


Aaron Spelling, Nina Laemmle (story editor)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Thomas Mitchell ... Cason Thomas
Marilyn Erskine ... Laura Thomas
Scott Forbes ... Moss Evans
Don Durant ... Johnny Ringo
Bartlett Robinson ... Mayor Hartford
Roy Barcroft ... Pat Merlin
Duane Grey ... Lee Cross
Maurice Wells Maurice Wells ... Sam Manners
William Vaughn William Vaughn ... Slade Morrison
James Parnell James Parnell ... Harry Glass
Stan Young Stan Young ... Hank Merlin
Bill Catching Bill Catching ... Kurt Neilson
Dick Powell ... Himself - Host


Johnny Ringo is hired to clean up a corrupt town. Pilot for the TV series "Johnny Ringo".

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Release Date:

5 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The following fall, this episode was expanded into a TV Western series Johnny Ringo (1959) starring Don Durant. See more »


Cason Thomas: What started it, son?
Johnny Ringo: I don't know, it just grew. First time you felt like a big man, everybody congratulating you... Then you try it again, just to see how good you really are. One day you find you're like a turkey in a shoot. Everybody wants to try their luck. You can't stop it. You wanna, but you can't. You run, they catch you. You hide, they find you. Sometimes you think it'd be better to lose. Be a little slower and get it over with. You think so, but you just can't slow down that hand. ...
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Johnny Ringo's pilot
16 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I do remember the Johnny Ringo western series from my youth even though it did last only for a season. Watching this Zane Grey Theater story it reminded me that it was produced by Four Star Television.

The real Johnny Ringo was a mean and murderous individual. But here and in the series Don Durant plays him as a weary gunfighter who takes the job of sheriff of a small Arizona town because what else does he know? In this town the bad element all congregate at the saloon owned and run by Scott Forbes. You know that's where the showdown will be.

The roles that are played here by Thomas Mitchell and Marilyn Erskine were recast in the television series by Terence DeMarney and Karen Sharpe.

Nice half hour television pilot, shame the series didn't last longer.

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