Stoney Burke (1962–1963)
A hand injury forces Stoney to drop out of competition, and he is then offered a new job helping to purchase and deliver horses to take to the slaughterhouse. Very reluctantly, he accepts, but soon wishes he hadn't.


Leslie Stevens


Leslie Stevens


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Lord ... Stoney Burke
Warren Oates ... Ves Painter
Robert Dowdell ... Cody Bristol (as Bob Dowdell)
Peter Mark Richman ... Redmond (as Mark Richman)
Dean Harens ... Longworth
Bill Hart ... Red
Paul Newlan ... Guard
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Charlie


Unfolding like a morality play, Stoney, injured, is tempted by Peter Mark Richman to leave the rodeo and become a buyer for a horse meat rendering company. Richman as a terrifically sinister devil's henchman lures Stoney, broke, his parents in need of money, to drive the horse that hurt him along with 15 other horses to the factory/hell. There is even a dry river Styx with its own armed gatekeeper Charon who collects tolls and keep out those who don't belong. Richman refuses to pay for Robert Dowdell and Bill Hart (Cody Bristol and Red) who stay behind. Across the river, alone, Stoney meets the devil himself, Dean Harens, who, far less sinister than Richman seems miscast. Harens wants Stoney's soul and tells Richman to "get him." They want Stoney to cut Megaton the horse that hurt him, from the herd and lead him to slaughter at the head of the line. Even though Stoney realizes that his and Megaton's free spirits are the same, in his desperate plight he agrees to do it. But Warren Oats... Written by dfcurran

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Drama | Sport | Western





Release Date:

20 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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