Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

Death and Taxes 

When an honest man is elected to be the town sheriff campaigning for fair taxes, the wealthy railroad owner ships his cash out of town to avoid paying his fair share. Bat provides the new sheriff with help to collect the taxes.


Alan Crosland Jr.


Richard O'Connor (book), Paul Franklin


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Bat Masterson
Richard Arlen ... John Minor
Susan Cummings ... Lili Napoleon
Don Kennedy Don Kennedy ... Sheriff Tim Lockhart
John Holland ... Charming Charlie Griswold
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Gus (as Frank Scannell)
Fred Catania Fred Catania ... Albert Hastings
Kenneth Alton Kenneth Alton ... Deputy Ed Lauber (as Ken Alton)
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... Eli
Jack LeMaire Jack LeMaire ... Detective Shorty Mason


In 1883 at Hard Rock, Colorado Bat arrives hoping to make a deal with Miss Lili who owns a saloon there. Upon his arrival he encounters Charming Charlie Griswold who Bat knows but doesn't trust looking for a stake which Bat provides. Miss Lili is in a dinner honoring the new sheriff elected to collect the proper taxes from the businesses in town including the railroad. The owner of the railroad John Minor pleads near bankruptcy if forced to pay his taxes. Bat makes a gambling partnership with Miss Lili so he goes to the sheriff to obtain a gambling license. While there the sheriff mentions that Minor has moved his money from the bank to keep the sheriff from taking it. Bat provides some help based on his experience including the sheriff's right to look for cash but there is none. The train leaves early and Bat sees Griswald running for it. Bat overhears a telegraph message coming in and concocts a plan with the sheriff to seize the tax money. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the quote by founding father Benjamin Franklin: "The only things certain in life are death and taxes". See more »


Narrator: Hard Rock, Colorado - 1883. A backward frontier town must promise fresh opportunities for a hard headed businessman to come there expecting to invest both time and money in its future. This is especially true if the businessman happens to be Bat Masterson, the man who became a legend in his own time.
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Bat Masterson
(theme song)
Music by Havens Wray
Lyrics by Bart Corwin
Sung by Bill Lee
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