Lawman (1958)

Season 4 Episode 20

The Tarnished Badge

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jan 28, 1962 on ABC

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  • Dan, Johnny, and their posse are awaiting the arrival of Jess Bridges and his gang. Dan used to be the deputy when Bridges was the marshal. However, along the way Bridges went from lawman to criminal. Bridges is wounded, but escapes and captures Johnny.

    Although they've done similar episodes where one of Dan's mentors has turned criminal, this one had a different twist on it. Instead of Dan matching wits with his former mentor, this time it was Johnny going against him. It was quite the battle of wits between Bridges, who we don't find out until the closing credits has the first name of Jess, and Johnny. Johnny tries all sorts of techniques that he learned from Dan to try and get Bridges to turn himself in, but Bridges was the one who taught those techinques to Dan. They did try to give Bridges some redeeming quality in that he protected Johnny from getting shot by the other two members of his gang. There was a really cool visual at the beginning of the episode during the shootout in Laramie. I liked how they had the crooks escape by riding their horses through the front door of the saloon, and then out the back. That was very clever. The thing that I was surprised by was that Dan was not more involved in the episode. Although its Dan's former boss, this is really a Johnny episode.