Lawman (1958–1962)
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The Posse 

Beth Hunter brings in Sam Turnbull's body. She claims it was done by her husband so Troop gets a posse together to go after him. After they leave, the truth comes out and Johnny rides after them to try to prevent a miscarriage of justice.


Stuart Heisler


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Episode cast overview:
John Russell ... Marshal Dan Troop
Peter Brown ... Deputy Johnny McKay
Pernell Roberts ... Fent Harley
Jean Allison ... Beth Hunter
Tol Avery ... Bliss Carter
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Arch Devereaux
Emerson Treacy ... Blinker
Dick Wessel ... Jed Thomas
Michael Macready Michael Macready ... Tracy Hunter


Beth Hunter drives into Laramie with the body of Sam Turnbull who has been shot. Beth tells Marshal Troop that Sam showed up with a mortgage paper for the money they borrowed and tried to take their homestead. Her husband Tracy shot Sam and ran off. Sam's close friend Bliss Carter is out for blood. Troop creates a four man posse which includes Bliss and Fent Harley a gambler and gunman to go with him. They catch up with Tracy when his horse is too tired to carry on. After the posse has left, Beth confesses to Johnny that she shot Sam when he made advances toward her. After Tracy gives up without a fight, Bliss with the cooperation of everyone but Fent and Troop decide to lynch Tracy. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Riding Around Warner's Backlot
8 September 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Young farmer Tracy Hunter has killed his big-time creditor Turnbull and now Marshal Troop has to put a posse together to catch the fleeing culprit. Trouble is the ornery posse is more interested in lynching than in justice.

Pretty good episode. Pernell Roberts really shines as a tough, sardonic observer, showing why he was soon in a lead role on Bonanza. Pudgy Tol Avery does his usual slippery dude character, while pretty Jean Allison has a surprise for us. Somehow, the tensions between posse members that should carry the show don't gel as well as they should, and I'm not sure why. But we do get some suspense as Johnny tries to ride to the rescue. The premise may not be new, but the interest is built in.

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