Bat Masterson

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 34

    Jeopardy at Jackson Hole

    Aired 6/1/61

  • S 3 : Ep 33

    The Fatal Garment

    Aired 5/25/61

  • S 3 : Ep 32

    Farmer with a Badge

    Aired 5/18/61

  • S 3 : Ep 31

    The Marble Slab

    Aired 5/11/61

  • S 3 : Ep 30

    Dead Man's Claim

    Aired 5/4/61

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gene Barry

    Bat Masterson

  • Bill Baldwin

    Narrator

  • James Hong

  • William Schallert

    George Winston

  • James Coburn

    Leo Talley

  • show Description
  • Bat Masterson carried a gold topped cane, wore a derby, and clothes that were more suited for an eastern city than in Tombstone, Arizona. He was a professional gambler, a scout, an Indian fighter and a lawman. He used his cane and his 'wits' before resorting to his gun. The series is based upon the legend created by the real William Bartley "Bat" Masterson.

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  • Quotes (251)

    • Narrator: Nevada, September 5, 1886. Wild horses, wild men, wild times from the history of the West and the life of Bat Masterson, the man who became a legend in his own time.

    • Clark Benson: If I was you, mister, and thought it was proper to wear those clothes, I'd get me out of the dust.
      Bat: If you were me, you wouldn't be wrangling horses at $8 a head.
      Clark Benson: Ah, $7 a head. You don't argue with a U.S. Cavalry quartermaster.

    • Polly Landers: I'm flattered you know of my establishment.
      Bat: A travelin' man has to know where the table stakes are worth tryin' for. I plan to win some of your money, Miss Landers.
      Polly Landers: Always welcome.

    • Ellie: Fighting Quince is like fighting snakes in the dark.
      Bat: Some of my best friends are snakes... and beautiful blackjack dealers.

    • Bat: One thing I didn't teach you is how to shoot a man in the back when he's rolling on the ground.

    • Richard: So you see, Mr. Masterson, you're just what we need.
      Bat: It's possible.
      Richard: We're prepared to pay you ten thousand dollars.
      Bat: It's growing probable.

    • Abigail: You keep company with a powerful lot of ladies, Mr. Masterson.
      Bat: I always aim to dispel loneliness wherever I find it, Miss Feather.

    • Richard: How did you know I was hidden back there.
      Bat: That's where I'd be if I were you and you were me and Abby was still Abby.

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    Notes (3)

    • Robert Conrad makes his first television appearance in a small uncredited role as an Indian brave.

    • Leon Alton is listed in the end credits but never appears.

    • Filming Location: Vasquez Rocks, CA

    Trivia (4)

    • Bat Masterson (Gene Barry) sings "Oh Susannah" while bathing.

    • Dyan Cannon's name in this episode is credited as Diane Cannon.

    • Bat says "Where every man wishes he were a Paul Bunyan." The series is set during Bat's life in the Old West in the 19th century, but the legend of Paul Bunyan wasn't created until 1906.

    • At the 11-minute mark as the waiter pours coffee, an anachronistic wristwatch with a steel contracting wristband is clearly visible on his left wrist.

    Allusions (1)

    • Governor: You mean Dan Webber and the rest of his 40 thieves?
      Referencing the Arabic folk tale of Ali Baba, a merchant's poor son who manages to steal gold from a band of 40 thieves who hide their treasure in a cave which can only be opened by speaking the proper password: "iftah ya simsim", commonly translated as "Open Sesame." When the thieves track Ali Baba down and hide in oil barrels to get into his manor to kill him, he discovers their plan and kills them by pouring boiling oil into the barrels.

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • bat masterson

    By edjepsen1, Jul 20, 2014

  • The Cane made the show.

    By RockWolf, Sep 03, 2012

  • Ahead of its time!

    By PeterRock, Feb 23, 2007

  • Not exactly a bad way to past time. Although I have had more enjoyable moments.

    By mynameistom, Jun 28, 2006

  • His name was Bat.

    By Boot_Hill, Jun 17, 2006

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