Stagecoach West (1960–1961)
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Simon Kane offers a British sailor a ride in his stagecoach when he spots him standing forlornly by the side of the road. The sailor tells Simon he jumped ship in San Francisco and a band ... See full summary »


Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)


N.B. Stone Jr. (as N. B. Stone Jr.)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Bray ... Simon Kane
Mort Mills ... Martin
James Burke ... Zeke Bonner
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Liverpool Jack
Walter Sande ... Torrey
Ross Elliott ... Frank Walker
Catherine McLeod ... Emily Walker
Joan Elan ... Molly Moriarty
Joseph Ruskin ... Clyde Hardisty
Gina Gillespie ... Annie Walker
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Doc Anderson (as Thomas B. Henry)
Wayne Rogers ... Luke Perry (credit only)
Richard Eyer ... Davey Kane (credit only)


Simon Kane offers a British sailor a ride in his stagecoach when he spots him standing forlornly by the side of the road. The sailor tells Simon he jumped ship in San Francisco and a band of men have been chasing him ever since. The five men, all federal marshals, surround Simon's stagecoach and tell him that his newest passenger fled a ship that contained bubonic plague and they were authorized to kill everyone the Britisher came in contact with to prevent the diseases spread. Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

27 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Closing credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


[Molly, a newly hired saloon girl, nearly chokes on a glass of whiskey]
Simon Kane: Your, ah, first?
Molly Moriarty: I'll soon be used to the stuff... and maybe liking it, too.
Simon Kane: I wouldn't bet on it.
Molly Moriarty: It runs in me family. You see, my father died a drunkard.
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Stagecoach West
Music by Skip Martin
Lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
Vocals by Bud and Travis
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There is a lot going on in the unique and entertaining plot.
1 August 2016 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode begins with two British sailors that has jumped ship in San Francisco and on way to Chicago. While they are stopped for a rest, these armed men gather around and start shooting at the sailors. They manage to kill one of them but the other, Liverpool Jack, manages to get away. The armed men then burn all the belongs left behind along with the corpse.

Simon is riding a few people out west and comes up on the sailor. He offers him a ride and since the sailor has no horse, he cheerfully agrees. When they get to Zeke's place at he midpoint station, they prepare for a good night sleep. But the armed men show up at the station and begin firing at the house. They are wanting to kill the entire lot of people. And one of the people in the station is a small girl about six years old.

Simon learns that the armed men are actually from the US Marshal service. The ship that the sailors jumped had been carrying the Bubonic plague. They are under orders to kill everyone that has come in contact with the sailors. That includes everyone that was on the stagecoach plus Zeke. When the small child gets a high fever, the people in the station are set to face gunfire.

This was a unique and interesting story. The situation is much different from the western norm and produces some fine suspense to the plot. Add the side-plots of a man wanting revenge and a woman on her way west for her first job at a rural saloon and you have an entertaining episode. Enjoyed the show from beginning to end.

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