The Loner (1965–1966)
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Westward, the Shoemaker 

Colton takes under his protective wing a timid Latvian immigrant venturing west to open a shoemaker's shop.


Joseph Pevney


Rod Serling (created by), Rod Serling


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Episode cast overview:
Lloyd Bridges ... William Colton
David Opatoshu ... Hyman Rabinovitch
Warren Stevens ... Charlie Parker


William Colton stops to rest at a water hole twelve miles from Fort Kearney, Nebraska Territory. to take a rest. He meets a foreign man who had immigrated to the United States from Latvia just a year before. This man's name is Hyman Rabinovitch, a shoemaker. After Colton gives him a ride into town, Hyman tells him that he's looking to buy a shop. He had a ring from his great-great grandfather. In New York, a man said, "Go West." Then he bought Hyman's ring for $400.00. Colton is happy for him. It looks like Hyman has found a home. Before Colton leaves him, Hyman declares, "You know something? I LOVE America!" But soon he learns about another side of America. A tin horn poker player is in town. His name is Charlie Parker and he informs Hyman that the shoemaker's shop would cost him $800. It's a trick, of course, and Hyman falls for it. He puts all his life's savings in the pot. Written by Michelle

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Release Date:

27 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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William Colton: [Hyman hides behind a rock when Cavalry ride by] Hyman, what are you doing over there?
Hyman Rabinovitch: Cossacks!
William Colton: Cossacks? They were troopers. They're not Cossacks. U.S. Cavalrymen.
Hyman Rabinovitch: U.S. Cavalry?
William Colton: Yeah, United States Cavalrymen.
Hyman Rabinovitch: Back in Latvia, cossacks come, burn houses, kill people, kill my grandfather, kill my father. Every time I see uniform I think cossacks after Hyman. But I am wrong, huh? Not in America? Not in Wild West? No cossacks here?
William Colton: No cossacks.
Hyman Rabinovitch: Indians after Hyman, yes. Bandits after Hyman, ...
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