Lawman (1958)

Season 4 Episode 40

The Unmasked

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Jun 17, 1962 on ABC
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Carter Banks and Samuel Davidson arrive in Laramie by stagecoach. They tell Dan and Lily that they are looking for their "cousin," Billy Corbett. Banks and Davidson give Dan a description, but he and Lily don't let on that they think it's Joe Brockway, who took over running the Laramie Hotel. Brockway later confesses to Dan and Johnny that he is Billy Corbett, the man who shot John Wilkes Booth, and that the two men are bounty hunters trying to collect a $20,000 price tag placed on his head by a disgruntled Southerner.moreless

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  • Carter Banks and Samuel Davidson come into town looking for their cousin Billy Corbett. Dan and Lily think that Joe Brockway is really Billy. Joe later confesses to being Billy Corbett, and also to being the one that shot John Wilkes Booth.moreless

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    I liked the mixing of reality and fiction in this episode. It gives the story more of a sense of realism. John, Peter, and Lily do their usual great jobs. Banks and Davidson come looking for their cousin. Dan and Lily both think its Joe Brockway, who is now running the Laramie Hotel. This is a sign of them getting closer, that think alike now. Joe later confesses that he was the one that shot John Wilkes Booth, who had shot President Abraham Lincoln. He also mentions that Banks and Davidson are bounty hunters looking to collect on a $20,000 price tag placed on his head by a disgruntled Southerner. Dan and Johnny try to protect him, but Joe and Johnny both wind up going missing. This leads to Dan having to save the day. The plot twist at the end was a good one. There was an older fella selling miracle tonic out of a wagon. He would pop up every now and then, but I never would have guessed until the end that he was in on it. At the various times he was on, I kept wondering what was the point? Then it became clear, when Dan found Joe and Johnny tied up in the wagon.moreless
Angela Greene

Angela Greene

Marian Brockway

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Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Joe Brockway

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Jack Albertson

Jack Albertson

Doc Peters

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Dan Sheridan

Dan Sheridan

Jake, Bartender

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    • In this episode, Joe Brockway reveals himself to be Billy Corbett, the man who shot John Wilkes Booth. In reality, Booth was shot by Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett. On April 26, 1865, Corbett and the 16th New York Cavalry surrounded a tobacco barn in Virginia. Booth and his partner, David Herold, were believed to be hiding inside. Herold surrendered almost immediately, while Booth refused to come out. Corbett saw Booth moving around inside and shot him, in spite of the Secretary of State's orders that he be taken alive. Corbett was arrested for disobeying orders, but those charges were later dropped.

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