Lawman (1958–1962)
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Man on a Wire 

Lily hires the worlds greatest aerialist to drum up business for the Birdcage. When he unwillingly brings along an extortionist gang from Europe, Troop has his hands full keeping them and the town safe from the unseen black hand.


Robert Sparr


W. Hermanos


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Episode cast overview:
John Russell ... Marshal Dan Troop
Peter Brown ... Deputy Johnny McKay
Peggie Castle ... Lily Merrill
Gustavo Rojo ... Guiseppe Soldano
Karen Steele ... Laura Soldano
Clancy Cooper ... Timmo McQueen


Guiseppe 'Joseph' Soldano and his wife arrive in Laramie and are hired by Lily to put on their high wire act to draw customers. During the first show someone shoots off the end of the balancing pole causing Joseph to lose his balance and sprain his wrist. Troop tries to investigate the shooting but Joseph and his wife refuse to admit they have any enemies. They decide to leave Larmie and go further west but when Laura finds a warning from the "Black Hand" she decides it is time to stay and fight. Joseph is against it. He explains to Troop that the "Black Hand" is from his old country in Europe and expects payments which he has refused. As they stage their act a second time, Troop spots a rifle at the stable and fires stopping the attack. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Soldano pulls the wagon to the hotel so they can leave it is night time. He goes into the hotel and sees his wife is gone. He immediately goes to the Marshal's office and it is broad daylight- plus the deputy had been sent home for the night in the prior scene, but is in the office when Soldano enters. See more »

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