Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

The Lady Plays Her Hand 

An eastern gambler playing a "system" breaks the bank at Bat's casino, putting the dapper Masterson out of business. Bat wonders if the "system" didn't have more than a little help from his pretty dealer.


Norman Foster


Richard O'Connor (book), Guy de Vry


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Bat Masterson
Wanda Hendrix ... Daphne Kaye
William Schallert ... George Winston
Robert Lynn Robert Lynn ... Zach
Judith Rawlins ... Elsie
Dave Cameron Dave Cameron ... Danny Smith
Tom London ... Pop
Johnny Seven ... Burt Comers


Spring 1884, at Beaver Falls, New Mexico the topic of conversation is the busted casino owned by Bat. An easterner George Winston with a system wipes out his casino with one $20,000 bet on blackjack. He had wanted to stop but his bodyguard Burt Comers told Winston to play one more hand which he won. Comers tries to collect the winnings for Winston but Bat will only pay Winston. After collecting his winnings Winston agrees to put half his money $20,000 back into Bat's casino as an investment. However, Comers overrides Winston so Winston is left leaving a written message. Upon reading it, Bat senses something is amiss so he follows the pair finding that Winston is leaving bills stuck in trees as a signal to Bat about their direction. Winston's constant need for rest stops forces Comers to eventually knock out Winston and leave him. Bat finds Winston okay due to his foresight to put a pillow for padding in his hat. Bat catches up with Comers but finds Comers had provided Winston's system... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Zach: Mr. Masterson!
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: What's all the excitement, Zach?
Zach: Fellow's been havin' a run of luck that would unbend a horseshoe. Never seen nothin' like it!
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Bat Masterson
(theme song)
Music by Havens Wray
Lyrics by Bart Corwin
Sung by Bill Lee
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