Lawman (1958–1962)
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The Squatters 

Bent sees a way to make his foreman days pay off. With his boss dead and a POA in his hand he decides to remove those from what is for now his land. Dan tries to prevent that but his hands are legally tied unless he can find an heir.


Marc Lawrence


Episode cast overview:
John Russell ... Marshal Dan Troop
Peter Brown ... Deputy Johnny McKay
Peggie Castle ... Lily Merrill
DeForest Kelley ... Bent Carr
Nina Shipman Nina Shipman ... Molly Prentice
Tom Gilson ... Stape - Henchman
King Calder ... Ed Prentice
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Shopkeeper Fane
Stephen Ellsworth Stephen Ellsworth ... Doctor
Robert C. Ross Robert C. Ross ... Albie - Henchman


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With his boss ill with pneumonia, Bent Carr helps him to die by uncovering him and opening a window during cold weather. Unknown to Bent, cowhand Stape saw him do it. The owner allowed homesteaders to squat on boggy bottom land with plans to turn the land over to them. Bent who detests homesteaders has been given power of attorney to handle the ranch until the son returns to take control. Bent has eviction papers served on all the squatters. However, Stape has eyes for Molly Prentice the daughter of a homesteader. When Stape nearly gives away what Bent did to Molly, Bent kills him. Troop suspects Bent and tells him Stape is not dead forcing Bent to try to kill Stape. The son and his wife have died leaving the ranch to a young daughter who agrees to give the land to the homesteaders. Written by Anonymous

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Tom Gilson, the actor that played Stape, engaged in domestic violence for his role by assaulting a girl he wanted to marry. One year later in 1962 the actor was killed by his wife as a result of domestic violence. The shooting was ruled a justifiable homicide. See more »

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Deforest Kelly
25 July 2019 | by martinxperry-14868See all my reviews

I grew up on these great western shows. Deforest Kelly always seemed to be the bad guy, or at least one ov the bad guys every time. This is probably one of his best evil hearted characters for the future "Bones". When he finally showed up on Star Trek as Dr. McCoy, it took me several episodes to not see Kelly as a seed of evil. At least he kept his western accent. This is a great episode of the outstanding "Lawman" series....enjoy.

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29 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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