Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

Dagger Dance 

A wounded and fainting Bat delivers a message to a Major at Fort Logan ordering the Colonel to skip a meeting with the Indians. However, the Major believing the Colonel is impeding his political career doesn't deliver the message.


Eddie Davis


Richard O'Connor (book), Don Brinkley


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Bat Masterson
Ken Mayer ... Major John Whitsett
Marya Stevens Marya Stevens ... Nione
William Tannen ... Doc
Byron Morrow ... Amos Judd
Tom Greenway Tom Greenway ... Ben Pick
George Eldredge ... Colonel Downey


In 1876 Colorado is a new state with men hoping to be part of the state's first representatives in Congress. To be appointed a senator it helped to have a solid military record. Bat acting as an Army scout has a confidential message with orders for Colonel Downey at Fort Logan. The message contains orders for Colonel Downey to skip a peace conference with the Indians who plan to kill him. Bat spots an Indian ambush during his trip but is wounded by the Indians. The fainting Bat is forced to deliver the message to the fort's ambitious second-in-command Major John Whitsett who destroys the message. The next day the Colonel leaves for the peace conference before Bat awakes resulting in the death of him and his entire patrol on the way to the peace conference. Bat believes that the second-in-command intentionally allowed his commanding officer to walk into the trap in order to further his own political career and attempts to prove it by bringing back the Colonel from the dead when he ... Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

20 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Also known as 'Valley of Death' See more »


The bullet hole in the water barrel is poorly angled to have been created from where Nione stood and shot it. See more »


Doc: Poor devil. I guess he wanted to serve his country and didn't know how.
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: He did... he died.
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