Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

Dead Men Don't Pay Debts 

When Bat learns that the two thousand dollars the Bassett brothers owe him is in jeopardy because of the shooting feud between the Bassetts and the Clements, Bat decides to intervene to protect his investment.


Lew Landers


Daniel B. Ullman (as Dan Ullman)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Bat Masterson
Robert J. Wilke ... Rod Clements
Jack Ging ... Clark Bassett
June Blair ... Louise Clements
Steven Terrell Steven Terrell ... Hal Clements (as Steve Terrell)
Buck Young ... Bill Bassett
Jeremy Slate ... Bob Clements
Evelyn Cotton Evelyn Cotton ... Jane Wilkens
Diana Darrin ... Joan
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Cowboy with Warning
Robert Swan Robert Swan ... Jim (as Bob Swan)
Jerome Loden Jerome Loden ... Cowboy at Camp


In the 1870s Bat owns the Frontier Palace casino in Wichita, Kansas. He has extended $2,000 credit to the Bassett brothers who are Marshals on a Saturday afternoon. They can't pay it off until Monday when the bank opens. A cowboy brings the news that the Clements clan has driven a herd in to sell. Rod Clements who is ramrodding the outfit is in a blood feud with the Bassett family. This has Bat worried about collecting the $2,000 he is owed so he tries to prevent a clash by asking the Bassetts to avoid them but they refuse. His next attempt is to ride out to the Clements camp. There he finds Rod ready for a fight but the Clements brothers more interested in finding an education for their eighteen year sister Louise. Bat agrees to take her to a family in Wichita. That evening when he takes her to his casino for dinner she meets Clark Bassett. They immediately take a common interest in each other but they don't know each other's last name. Bat lets Clark take Louise home but it leads to... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

19 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based on the proverb "Dead men tell no tales" as a warning not to betray any secrets. See more »


[last lines]
Louise Clements: Bat! Bat! Since these men ain't - aren't able to behave themselves like gentlemn, would you be good enough to see me home?
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: I'd be charmed. M'lady. Gentlemen. I'm very happy for you and Hal, but I wish you'd been a few years older.
[Bat winks]
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Bat Masterson
(theme song)
Music by Havens Wray
Lyrics by Bart Corwin
Sung by Bill Lee
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