Lawman (1958)

Season 3 Episode 24

Detweiler's Kid

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 26, 1961 on ABC
7.0
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Detweiler's Kid
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Elfreida Detweiler has been raised by her father, a hardnosed, hateful, spiteful old German immigrant who resents her because she wasn't a son, and her mother died giving her birth. To try to prove to him that she is as good as a son, she calls out Jim Austin, a young man who has taken a liking to her, but whom her father hates. Johnny tries to stop her, and she challenges him to a gunfight the next day at noon. He can't back down, and he "can't fight a girl". In spite of its dark overtones, this show has a definite comic touch to it.moreless

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  • Elfrieda Detweiler is the daughter of mean, grouchy old man that resents her for not being born a boy. After a chance encounter with Jim Austin sparks a feud, Detweiler finds himself in court, and his daughter challenges Johnny McKay to a gunfight.moreless

    5.0
    This is first episode of Lawman that I can honestly say I really didn't like. This was a storyline that just didn't connect with me like other episodes of the series had. The performances were fine, but there were things in the script that didn't make much sense. Mr. Detweiler was a horrible man that treated his daughter very poorly. He was a jerk. It was plain as day that Jim didn't cut his fence, the cattle getting on his land was an accident, and him throwing the rope around him was to get him to calm down. The theme of a father resenting his daughter for not being born a boy has also been done to death in several of these westerns. So has the battle of the sexes. The gunfight made no sense. Why didn't Johnny arrest her for shooting up that table at the Birdcage? Peter Brown does the lone great job here of Johnny getting worried, because he can't back down from a girl, but he can't really shoot at her either. Jim trying to talk her out of it was the right thing. I didn't like the change in her father at the end, because it was out of the blue. I did like the scene at the end with Lily asking for Johnny's gun, and Dan telling her she didn't need it, and them walking off arm and arm.moreless
Joyce Meadows

Joyce Meadows

Elfreida Detweiler

Guest Star

Otto Waldis

Otto Waldis

Old Man Detweiler

Guest Star

Chad Everett

Chad Everett

Jim Austin

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Harry Cheshire

Harry Cheshire

Judge Trager

Recurring Role

Dan Sheridan

Dan Sheridan

Jake, Bartender

Recurring Role

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    • Lily: "Like the saying goes, Dan: If you can't fight 'em, join 'em." She looks shyly at Johnny's gun in its holster and reaches for it. "Johnny, may I borrow your gun for a minute?"
      Dan: "Now hold on, Lily. I'll join you. And you don't need a gun."

    • Lily: "You're just like Dan!"
      Johnny: "You know, that's the closest thing to a compliment I've gotten all day!"
      Lily: "Pig headed and honor bound!"

    • Lily: "Detweiler's girl just came into town."
      Johnny: "It looks like I'm gong to have to go through with it..."
      Lily: "You know, somebody ought to turn her over their knee..."
      Johnny: "You know anybody who'd like to get close enough to try that?"

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