Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
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A sheriff is known as the best confession getter in the territory. A newspaper man aims to expose his unjust tactics.


Frank Baur


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Powell ... Sheriff Agate Slade
Charles Aidman ... Watson Cooke
James Griffith ... Abel Pike
Walter Burke ... Gus Henessy
Hugh Sanders ... Mayor Baines
Brett King Brett King ... Lupo
John Graham ... Banker Cartwright
John Hackett John Hackett ... Sickle
Jason Wingreen ... Galer - Gambling Proprietor
Rance Howard ... Deputy Shaker


A sheriff is known as the best confession getter in the territory. A newspaper man aims to expose his unjust tactics.

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Release Date:

15 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Getting a story at any cost.
25 December 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

A New York newspaperman, Watson Cooke, rides in to a western town to get a story about the local Sheriff that seems to control the town and also seems to get confessions out of people that others are unable to get. The reporter wants a story that he can place in the eastern paper no matter the facts.

The sheriff, Agate Slade, is a tough man to deal with but seems to be on the up-and-up on all situations. It is not until a local old Union veteran, Abel Pike, steals money from the local bank and the newspaperman rides out with the Sheriff to find Abel. When they come up on Abel, the Sheriff is looking for the money when the newspaperman puts ideas into Abel's head. Soon Abel jumps the reporter and steals his gun. The Sheriff has to kill poor Abel but the newspaperman tells the town that the Sheriff shot Abel in cold blood. And it seems the townsfolk believe the tale.

The episode was worthy enough to make for an interesting watch but there was a few conflicts that seemed strange. One of the things is how the people of the western town seemed to change sides of an argument as easily as the wind direction. Perhaps, if the story had a longer format then the writers could have progressed the townsfolk at a slower rate. Anyway the episode is good enough to make for a fine watch.

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