Lawman (1958)

Season 2 Episode 21

The Thimblerigger

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Feb 28, 1960 on ABC
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The Thimblerigger

A strange man, a thimblerigger, shows up at the Birdcage Saloon one night and promises to ruin a man with his game.

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  • Highly entertaining episode with guest stars Gerald Mohr and DeForest Kelley carrying the story. Good story, nice twist in the end.

    This highly entertaining and well-written half-hour episode is well worth watching. For Star Trek fans, of special interest is the black-hat baddie performance of DeForest Kelley (Dr McCoy in Star Trek) in one of his many pre-Trek TV Western roles. His Southern American drawl is used to good effect here and is relevant to the storyline.

    Another excellent performance comes from Gerald Mohr as The Thimblerigger, the mysterious tall, dark and handsome stranger who appears in The Birdcage with a story to tell with a twist in the tail.

    Regulars John Forrest and Peggie Castle entertain, too, Peggie with a pleasing song "I Like a Gambling Man" at the start of the episode.

    In all, one of the best of the series!moreless
DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

Sam White

Guest Star

Fred Sherman

Fred Sherman


Guest Star

Richard Reeves

Richard Reeves

Ed Shafter

Guest Star

Doodles Weaver

Doodles Weaver

Jack Stiles

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • The Thimblerigger: Madam, you misunderstand.
      Lily: You're a thimblerigger, aren't you?
      The Thimblerigger: Yes. I'm not here to gamble. I play my little game as a woman might knit, or a man whittle. as an exercise to distract the mind. No, madam, I'm not in Laramie to gamble. I've come to destroy a man.

    • Dan: I wasn't complaining. We were talking about that fool club Johnny belongs to. And he said I couldn't join--implied I couldn't join--because...
      Lily: Oh, you're nervous, Dan. Upset, edgy. You have all the symptoms.
      Dan: I feel fine.
      Lily: Oh no. Set jaw, stern eyes, intractable nature. You're infected, Dan. Bacheloritis. Death knell of the human race.
      Dan: Come on, Lily...
      Lily: I can write you out a prescription. The remedy is extreme but permanent. two words. Want to guess?
      Dan: Sure. "Get married."
      Lily: Doctor, cure thyself.

    • Lily: (describing the white-clad Thimblerigger) He's sitting there like white death.

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