Bat Masterson (1958–1961)
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No Amnesty for Death 

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Bat's riding rescues three men from the gallows - he bears an amnesty for all combatants in the Lincoln County War. The three gunmen soon return to their criminal ways and Bat must help the local marshal hunt down the recently freed men.


Elliott Lewis


Richard O'Connor (book), Andy White


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Bat Masterson
R.G. Armstrong ... Marshal William MacWilliams
DeForest Kelley ... Brock Martin
Betty Barry Betty Barry ... Mrs. Kendall
James Anderson ... Adam Roundtree
Billy Wells Billy Wells ... Dobie
John Cason ... Stagecoach Driver
Robert Blake ... Bill-Bill MacWilliams


In 1881 as Bat rides into Las Tables he stops to talk to a young man with a guitar singing in a cemetery. The boy Bill-Bill MacWilliams is the son of the local marshal sitting by the graves of his twin brothers and mother. In town Bat follows the sound of hammers to the livery stable where they are finishing seats and gallows for the hanging of three men involved in the Lincoln County War. The woman who owns the stable is charging $5 a person to watch the hanging. Marshal MacWilliams brings in the three men to be hanged giving each a chance to have his last say. Before he can continue with the hanging, Bat announces he has an amnesty signed by the President of the United States and the new territorial governor Lew Wallace for all members of the Lincoln County War. The Marshal wanting revenge for the death of his twins, tries to shoot them but Bat stops him followed by him collapsing. The upset marshal knocks Bat out to send him out of town on the stage. When the three freed men holdup... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the opening sequence, Robert Blake is actually playing the guitar and singing in real time, not miming as generally done those days. And although his guitar playing is performed right-handed, he wears his gun on his left hip revealing he is actually left-handed. See more »


[first lines]
[Bill-Bill is singing a ballad in a remote cemetary]
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: That's pretty. Why are you singing way out here outside of town? Your singing's not that bad.
Bill-Bill MacWilliams: I like it better out here. 'Sides I don't like what's goin' on in town, Mr. Masterson.
[the sound of hammering can be heard]
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson: That's a familiar sound - the sound of violence. They're building a scaffold for a hanging.
Bill-Bill MacWilliams: Yeah, they're building three of them.
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One of the more unique
3 November 2007 | by lists-185See all my reviews

One of the most decent Ecore Western Chanel runs... never really cared for them much (or in the 70's cop shows ran rampant) But Bat Masterson was an exception of a gem.

And this one of the most unique casts of the entire series..... a rather nasty Deforest Kelly (A few years later to forever be Star Trek's Dr McCoy...

And as the Marshal veteran character actor R.G. Armstrong (like 170 acting credits, this an early one about 4 years in) and a well out grown Little Rascal, but VERY young Robert Blake.

Well seems I have to come up with 5 more lines....

Haven't gotten to the end of the last season yet 1961

But it was interesting to see one episode obviously done on early video tape on a sound stage (All tight dirt on the floor street scenes and interiors a few episodes before this) as a few Twilight Zone's were that same year as the new TV medium.

Looked pretty darn awful, and and episodes since have been back to film.... guess the producers western were not meant for studios and early video tape (Were as T-Zone did lend itself to that much and Rod Serling got stuck with it quite a while.

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