Bat Masterson

Season 3 Episode 12

Death by Decree

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Dec 22, 1960 on NBC
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Death by Decree

Eddie Moon passes away, and Bat finds out that his old gambling buddy Eddje has left him a casino at the reading of his will. He soon learns that his friend owed thousands of dollars on the casino's mortgage and an unforgiving marshal who owned the mortgage arranged for Eddie's death so he could sell out to the railroad coming through.


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    Paul Richards (I)

    Paul Richards (I)

    Marshal Corbett

    Guest Star

    June Blair

    June Blair

    Constance Whitney

    Guest Star

    Robert F. Simon

    Robert F. Simon

    Harrison Whitney

    Guest Star

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      • Narrator: Shotgun Falls, Wyoming. In this part of the West, life and death had definite similarities. Both were fast, violent, and full of surprises to Bat Masterson, the man who became a legend in his own time.

      • Bank Manager: That Eddie Moon must have thought a lot of you.
        Bat: Well, he did. It was all bad.

      • Bank Manager: Corbett's a big man in Shotgun Falls. Town's mighty proud to have him as marshal.
        Bat: Oh, I can understand that. He'd be the wrong man to have against you.

      • Constance: He must have been very fond of you.
        Bat: The fact is, he despised me.
        Constance: Pardon?
        Bat: Well, you see, his poker hands were always a little inferior to mine, even though he palmed them. Last time we played, he went home in a barrel. He swore he'd get even with me if it was the last thing he did. He's a man of his word.

      • Bat: Mr. Whitney, I happen to be very sentimental about bad poker players. Eddie died, I gained a bed debt and lost a source of income.

      • Harrison Whitney: The people who read my newspaper aren't fools.
        Bat: Of course not. They're curious, intelligent, and generous. Eager to meet every new challenge. Too bad your newspaper hasn't the courage to meet them at their own level.
        Harrison Whitney: Now, hold on there, Masterson. A responsible editor is obligated to meet certain journalistic precedents.
        Bat: A courageous editor establishes the precedents. Good day, Mr. Whitney.

      • Bat: Don't pull that trigger, Marshal. You're liable to ruin my derby.

      • Bat: From now on, I'm accepting no more gifts from dead men--they're too hard to return.

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