Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)
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The Atoner 

The religious leader in a town called New Bethlehem, Arizona . has made sure there are no saloons or gambling halls. When something threatens to put it at risk, he proposes a hanging to preserve the community's pacifist values.

Director:

Laslo Benedek

Writer:

Howard Dimsdale (as Arthur Dales)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Herbert Marshall ... Simon Baker
Edward Binns ... Sam Tompkins
Britt Lomond Britt Lomond ... Logan Drew - the Atoner
Virginia Gregg ... Sarah Tompkins
Alan Reed Jr. Alan Reed Jr. ... Matt Tompkins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Milford ... Cowboy
Scotty Morrow ... Chad
Dick Powell ... Himself - Host
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The religious leader in a town called New Bethlehem, Arizona . has made sure there are no saloons or gambling halls. When something threatens to put it at risk, he proposes a hanging to preserve the community's pacifist values.

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Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Even the cast lost interest in this script.
16 March 2016 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins in a town called New Bethlehem that is settled by a group of religious men that want no outside influence on their town. But in their town has settled a man named Samuel Tompkins that has married one of the women in the town. But Sam does not want to abide by the strict rules and now the townsfolk, with Simon Baker as the leader, are ready to chase Samuel out of their town. They are on their way to Sam's house with guns in hand.

A lone rider by the name of Logan Drew comes into town while all the action is about to take place. Inside a notebook the Logan carries is a list of names, the next name of the list is Samuel Tompkins. We will learn later that Logan was a guard in the Andersonville Confederate prison camp. He is out to atone the people that he did wrong years ago and Sam is the next one on the list. But we will learn that even when a person tries to make a wrong turn into a right, sometimes people are not worth the cost.

With all the "thou' talk in the script and the less than enthusiastic cast, this story just did not tickle the fancy of interest. Herbert Marshall, that played the town leader,and Britt Lomond, the Atoner, was so robotic and dry that that you will could not get into the story. Perhaps a different cast could have stirred some interest that was missing from this show. But not in this performance.


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