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The Vaunted 

Jess Matson is a wanted man who wants to visit his wife and son. But the law is on his trail and meeting his wife and son won't be easy.


David Niven


Fred Freiberger, Nina Laemmle (story editor)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jane Greer ... Ellie Matson
Eddie Albert ... Jess Matson
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Marshal Martin Gregg
Regis Toomey ... Sheriff Barnes
Robert Foulk ... Big John - Livery Stable Operator
Kathryn Card ... Grandma Matson
Micky Dolenz ... Ted Matson (as Mickey Braddock)
Monica Keating Monica Keating ... Jane
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... Mary Ogilvey
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Mae Jones
Richard Newton Richard Newton ... Sam Hicks
Richard Bartell Richard Bartell ... Telegraph Operator
Dick Powell ... Himself - Host


Jess Matson is a wanted man who wants to visit his wife and son. But the law is on his trail and meeting his wife and son won't be easy.

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Release Date:

27 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the two pieces of work that David Niven ever directed. See more »

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An outlaw father returns to see his young son.
17 December 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

A wanted man, Jess Matson, has returned to his hometown to see his wife, Ellie and his young son Ted. But it will not be easy. The Federal Marshals are out in full force and standing guard around the town just waiting for Jess's appearance.

The Marshals will not expect any help from the local citizens. It seems that the townsfolk think of Metson as something like a hero. When Jess hides-out at the town stable it looks like there is no way of getting to see his wife and kid. But some of the women think of a plan where Ellie can visit Jess in the stable where they can talk. The talk will not be the most favorable as Jess wants to have Ellen and Ted to come away with him. Ellen is tired of the trouble that Jess brings and sick of the fact that Ted thinks his father is some kind of a hero.

When the Marshals finally have Jess cornered up in a canyon, his young boy Ted is determined to fight along side his father. Ted believes his father is an honorable man until proved otherwise.

Eddie Albert plays the outlaw and does a nice job in his part. Two other notable fact about this episode is that the young boy is played by Micky Nolenz which will later be a part of the musical group called the Monkees- and the episode is directed by actor David Nivens. A nice episode that made for a good watch.

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