Bat Masterson (1958–1961)
A gang of river pirates take over the paddle-wheeler Dakota Queen and relieve the passengers of jewels and furs and Bat of $10,000. Bat uses a barrel of rare cheeses to trap the gang's gluttonous leader to recover the items.


Walter Doniger


Richard O'Connor (book), Gene Levitt


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Bat Masterson
Jacques Aubuchon ... King Henry
Patricia Powell ... Nora Henderson
Walter Barnes ... Paulson
Clark Howat ... Murdoch
Brett Halsey ... Kyle Henderson
Bob Jellison ... Mr. Perry
Lee J. Winters Lee J. Winters ... Thatcher (as Lee Winters)
Robert Nash Robert Nash ... Captain
Byron Morrow ... McCabe


During the summer of 1883 in the Dakota Territory Bat goes on the steamboat Dakota Queen on his way to Deadwood. As the passengers go on board they are told there is a new policy requiring everyone to check their guns for their safety. Bat has no problem with it but he decides to go to the Captain to have the $10,000 he is carrying put in the ship's safe. Once there he finds the steamboat has been taken over by a group of pirates led by King Henry a large man who enjoys eating. Bat is relieved of his $10,000 and the other passengers are relieved of their money, jewels, and furs. When Kyle Henderson tries to lead a charge to take back the steamboat, Bat stops him and learns the attractive woman Nora with him is his sister, not his wife. Bat overhears they are stopping the steamboat at Trader's Dock a ghost town. Another passenger secretly tells Bat he has a barrel of cheeses on board. Although not expensive, they are rare. With Kyle's help Bat decides to use the barrel to recover the ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Narrator: Dakota Territory - the summer 1883. A Missouri riverboat and the last of the buccaneers enter the colorful life of 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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