Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
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Debt of Gratitude 

When Marshal Tolby learns that Ben Kincaid is wanted for murder, he feels he must arrest him and take him to Prescott for trial, even though Kincaid is regarded as a hero by the townsfolk and beg Tolby to let him go free.

Director:

William D. Faralla (as William Dario Faralla)

Writer:

John McGreevey
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... Marshal Cam Tolby
James Whitmore ... Ben Kincaid
Walter Sande ... John Lanfield
Robert Ellenstein ... Alf Stokes
Sam Edwards ... Deputy Wilt Buford
Ellen Parker ... Doris Palmer
Ben Wright ... Doc Tyler
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Mort
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... Driver
Howard Culver ... Dave - Barber
Dick Powell ... Himself - Host
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When Marshal Tolby learns that Ben Kincaid is wanted for murder, he feels he must arrest him and take him to Prescott for trial, even though Kincaid is regarded as a hero by the townsfolk and beg Tolby to let him go free.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1958 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Great acting plays well in this episode.
19 January 2016 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

James Whitmore plays Ben Kincaid where he seems to be a respected guy in the town of Chloride. He is a likable guy that helps out when trouble arises. People in the town look up to Ben and think he is good for the town. There is also a Marshall, Cam Tolby, that is new to the town. He does not have the respect of the townsfolk as he always seems to be a step behind when trouble happens.

When the Marshal gets a wanted poster claiming that Ben Kincaid is wanted for murder, the good Marshal has nothing else to do but arrest Ben and take him to court. But before they set off for court, a run-away wagon that just so happens to be load with nitroglycerin heads full speed toward the town's schoolhouse. And of course it is handcuffed Ben Kincaid that happens to stop the wagon from killing the unsuspecting children.

Now the townsfolk want the Marshall to set Ben free. They do not care about the murder but about letting Ben escape. They find a way to free Ben in hope of giving him a chance to run from the law. But, Ben has ideas of staying in the town of Chloride.

An enjoyable story that entertaining to the very end. Steve Cohan does a nice job of playing the mild-mattered Marshal that the town feels he does not have the best interest of people in mind. Also James Whitmore always does a nice job at whatever role he is cast. A nice watch for any viewer.


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