Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

A Noose Fits Anybody 

While on his way to break his brother out of jail for a crime he did not commit, Ben Thompson saves Bat Masterson's life, but is wounded in the process. Bat agrees to undertake the hazardous mission of saving Ben's brother from the noose.


Eddie Davis


John Elliotte, Richard O'Connor (book)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Bat Masterson
Murvyn Vye ... Big Ed Bacon
William Henry ... Sheriff Griff Hanley (as Bill Henry)
Gary Vinson ... Billy Thompson
Ernestine Clark Ernestine Clark ... Lola Faire
Robert Swan ... Ben Thompson
Jack Wagner Jack Wagner ... Charlie Meeks - Deputy Sheriff
Les Hellman Les Hellman ... Ray Clinton
Max Palmer Max Palmer ... 1st Bartender
George Jones George Jones ... Joe - 2nd Bartender (as George C. Jones)
George Offerman Jr. ... Dealer (as George Offerman)
Billy Nelson ... Ringmaster
The Behee-Bray Aerialists The Behee-Bray Aerialists ... Aerialists (as The Behee-Bray Flyers)


On July 26, 1884 in a Nebraska cow town Bat is helped by Ben Thompson when crooked gamblers try to cheat him. Ben's gun arm is wounded and he is headed to Osceola, Nebraska where his brother Billy is being held for a murder and is to be hanged. Since Ben saved Bat's life, Bat leaves for Osceola to investigate the situation. A circus is in the town and the female acrobat tells Bat that Billy was framed by Big Ed Bacon and the sheriff. Bat has to take out a man who tries to kill him but he finds Billy is in jail with a broken leg so he can't escape. Not realizing Billy's situation because no one could visit him, Bat is captured but not before he is able to hide a gun in Billy's bandages. Now Bat now only has to free Billy he must free himself which requires some unusual tricks and a little circus magic. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

19 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Elizabeth Laura Clarke plays the heroine, and she was a circus acrobat in real life. This episode includes a lengthy scene in which she and two male acrobats perform for the people in a Western town. Ernestine's father was Ernie Clark, famous for being the first person to complete the triple somersault on the flying trapeze. See more »


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Narrator: A Nebraska cow town - July 26, 1884. Ben Thompson, notorious gunman, triggered a wild sequence of events in the life of Bat Masterson, the man who became a legend in his own time.
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Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone
Written by Septimus Winner
Heard offscreen playing on a calliope
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