Lawman (1958)

Season 4 Episode 30

The Wanted Man

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 08, 1962 on ABC

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  • While making their rounds in a thunderstorm, Dan and Johnny stumble across two people in the livery stable. Ben Jesse has brought his mother, Ann, into town seeking help because she is about to have a baby. Ann is the wife of outlaw Frank Jesse.

    This was another one of those really good, solid episodes. I wouldn't rank it among the best of the series, but it is still definitely worth watching. Dan and Johnny stumble across Ben and his mother Ann. Ann didn't want to come to Laramie because she was afraid of Dan having to arrest her husband Frank, who is a wanted man. Doc reveals that she is dying, though it is never said from what. Doc makes Dan lie to Ann about not taking her husband in should he come for them. It was a nice touch and adds that human compassion element to Dan's character. Ben tells about his dad leaving them alone for long stretches of time. Dan later runs into a bounty hunter named Joe Street. Street does not care about Frank's family. All he is interested in is the reward. Dan did a good job of making it known that he didn't care too much for bounty hunters. I like that they actually had an explanation for why Lily wasn't there rather than just not saying anything. Johnny mentions that she went to Cheyenne. Ben has the confrontation with his father. After seeing his wife die, Frank decides to finally do the right thing and have Ben turn him in for the reward. Poor Ben then looses his father too in the ensuing gunfight when Street shoots him from the roof. Dan then nailed Street just like he said he would.