Laredo (1965–1967)
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The Small Chance Ghost 

On the return to Laredo Reese seeks refuse from a storm by stopping in Small Chance only to find a ghost town. The one woman he finds says the shaking town has ghosts but Reese soon learns it has real threats to others and himself.


Richard Bartlett


Martin Roth (as Marty Roth)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Neville Brand ... Reese Bennett
Peter Brown ... Chad Cooper (credit only)
William Smith ... Joe Riley (credit only)
Robert Wolders ... Erik Hunter
Philip Carey ... Capt. Edward Parmalee
Jeanne Cooper ... Kay Comstock
Edward Binns ... Sgt. Llewellyn Durgom
Shug Fisher ... Old Charlie
Ted Cassidy ... Monte


Reese is on his way back to Laredo when a rain storm forces him to stop at Small Chance which is deserted. When he finds no one in the saloon, he helps himself but Kay Comstock arrives with a gun taking him for a thief while the town and saloon shake severely periodically. She tells him everyone left but her, the Sheriff, Old Charlie the telegraph operator, and Sgt. Durgom a drunk, as the town is haunted by poltergeists. Reese doesn't believe in ghosts and he hears gunfire. They investigate an abandoned mansion finding the Sheriff dead of a blow to the head. Upon returning to the bar, Sgt. Durgom and Old Charlie appear. When Reese and Old Charlie go to repair the telegraph line, Old Charlie is shot. The accidents Durgom and Kay stage to kill Reese fail so they resort to taking him prisoner. They tie him up in the mine with the large and strong but not so bright Monte who is mining gold for them. Kay wants to leave Reese and Monte in the mine to die. Reese must convince Monte they want... Written by Anonymous

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3 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Getting out of the rain
20 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Neville Brand might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he spots this ghost scam mighty quickly when he stops at the small town of Small Chance to get out of the rain.

The population has all but deserted small chance leaving only saloon keeper Jeanne Cooper, telegraph operator Shug Fisher, two recently discharged soldiers Edward Binns and Ted Cassidy. Ranger Reese Bennett arrives in time for the sheriff's murder. His arrival puts a crimp in someone's plans.

Later on Robert Wolders arrives looking for Brand who is by now a prisoner. The bad ones are sorted pretty quickly though Brand needs some rescuing.

Wolders and Brand are quite a contrast as always and make this episode worth a look.

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